Pond add value?

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by ~ jan, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. ~ jan

    ~ jan Guest

    I might have someone going to ask me if their pond adds value to their
    home. (Thinking of selling.) I haven't view it yet.... but I've always been
    understanding they don't, but they might have sell it faster if it is well
    done.... etc. All depends on who is looking. Group? ~ jan
    ~ jan, Jan 11, 2008
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  2. Hi Jan,

    I think a pond is like a pool here in San Diego. I've owned a house with a
    pool and would not consider buying a house that had one - unless there was
    something very special about the house to overcome the pool. A pool is great
    if you have kids, but if not it is just a maintenance item. (Note all the
    posts we get about converting a pool to a pond)

    To be honest, I think a pond, unless it is very small, would deter more
    buyers than it would attract. There is no denying that ponds are a high
    maintenance item, and with fish stock even higher. There just aren't that
    many ponders out there. A fountain, on the other hand, or small preform
    might be okay.

    For what it would cost to install, I say spend the money on landscaping.

    San Diego Joe
    4,000 - 5,000 Gallons.
    Koi, Goldfish, and RES named Colombo.
    San Diego Joe, Jan 11, 2008
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  3. ~ jan

    Peter Pan Guest

    Ponds are like having a swimming pool when its time to sell the house.
    Its not really a selling point, for some its a hassle.

    In the same respect as if the new homeowner wants it, then it had value,
    if they don't want it then doesn't. My neighbor was selling his house
    and one buyer wanted him to remove his 9K gallon pond. This is where I
    got a lot of my lighting, pumps, plants, Filters ect.. The sad thing is
    the buyer backed out of the deal, the pond is still there and I have all
    his equipment.
    Peter Pan, Jan 11, 2008
  4. ~ jan

    Reel McKoi Guest

    "~ jan" wrote in message
    I heard that some people actually had to fill in their ponds to sell their
    property. Not many people are looking for a place with an artificial pond.
    A natural pond, spring or creek can add value. I'm not saying this is true.
    It's just something I heard, but she did sell Real Estate here in years

    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
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    Reel McKoi, Jan 11, 2008
  5. ~ jan

    Gill Passman Guest

    I would think it would depend very much on the purchaser and when
    selling a house you never know who is going to wander in......a pond
    could spell out a high maintenance issue to a buyer who wants a low
    maintenance garden - therefore hassle. A buyer with a young family might
    see it as a health and safety issue....someone who loves fish could see
    it as a bonus......on balance I would think it would not devalue the
    price of the property significantly but might mean it will take longer
    to sell, which sometimes will lead to a price reduction depending on
    desperate the seller is to move....I very much doubt it would increase
    the sale value.....

    Gill Passman, Jan 11, 2008
  6. ~ jan

    JB Guest

    jan, my guess is that a pond is like a "view" or really good landscaping;
    both of which are hard to put a value on. I'm guessing a pond might be
    viewed by a potential buyer somewhat like a pool. For some, it'd be a great
    selling point. For others, they'd view it as something they'd not use much
    and mean extra maintenance costs. I agree that the critical element is who's
    looking. For the uninitiated ponder, something simple might provide
    attraction whereas a Koi pond might not.

    "~ jan" wrote in message
    JB, Jan 11, 2008
  7. ~ jan

    k Guest

    Thinking it would depend on who you think your
    buyer is.
    We live in an area with a highly desired elementary
    school. Our house is older and a style that is not
    very popular right now. It would attract young families
    as it would be one of the less expense ones in a
    really desireable area because of the
    school. That does not bode well for our pond with
    young families looking at the house. I'm betting someday
    we'll have to fill in our pond when we sell.
    otoh, a pond like the one that Jan's deck overlooks would
    be a selling point. Really relaxing to go out and look down
    at the fish. They'd probably want to buy the fish too!

    k :)
    k, Jan 12, 2008
  8. ~ jan

    G Pearce Guest

    I was told by a Real Estate Agent friend that she has yet to get a bid on a
    property with a pond, without the clause "pond, rocks etc to be removed and
    ground sodded to match surrounding yard". She said a pond is too personal in
    taste She has a pond of her own that she calls a masterpiece, (and IS really
    nice)but she says when, or if she moves, it will be gone before the property
    is listed
    Gale :~)
    G Pearce, Jan 12, 2008
  9. ~ jan


    talk to real estate agents in the area. If it is well done, integrated into the
    whole landscape AND low maintenance and the house is typically being sold to people
    without children, then it could add value.

    OTOH, it is relatively easy to fill in an unwanted pond.
    , Jan 12, 2008
  10. ~ jan

    ~ jan Guest

    Thanks everyone, seems the consensus is that it wouldn't distract or add
    value, so price the house, as a house and yard.

    And.... don't do as Peter's friend did, sell off or give away equipment
    till the deal is sealed. That is really sad. Hope he finds a buyer soon.

    I would have a BIG problem if I had to sell my house to someone who was
    requiring I fill in my ponds. Hope I never have to deal with that. ~ jan
    ~ jan, Jan 12, 2008
  11. ~ jan

    JB Guest

    This talk is depressing! ;-) I'm going to have my home appraised in a few
    months and I'll ask the appraiser if my 3,000 gallon pond adds any value. My
    last house had an 800 gallon pond and I don't recall it being a liability;
    at least nothing was ever mentioned to me. That pond and the one at my
    current home were both built on slopes and I had to build up the low side -
    one with railroad ties and the more recent one with some block. Both of
    these would involve a teardown to restore the area.

    My first home was put on the market by the folks that bought it from us. I
    remember the ad listing it as having a "Coy" pond! ;-)


    "JB" wrote in message
    JB, Jan 12, 2008
  12. ~ jan

    Jerseyj Guest

    When we bought our house having a pond (since totally rebuilt :-( )
    was a selling point and we would never have asked the previous owners to
    fill it in!

    Jerseyj, Jan 12, 2008
  13. I don't think you can say pond & low maintenance in the same sentence :pooh:

    San Diego Joe
    4,000 - 5,000 Gallons.
    Koi, Goldfish, and RES named Colombo.
    San Diego Joe, Jan 13, 2008
  14. While I don't find that _too_ surprising, when we sold our last place we
    didn't get any offers conditional on removal of the pond.
    Derek Broughton, Jan 13, 2008
  15. ~ jan

    DrDave Innovator Moderator

    Aug 29, 2007
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    Fallbrook, Ca USA
    When I bought this house it had a pond. It was poorly done and an eyesore for 10 years before I finally built a new one and filled in the old concrete one. As far as I am concerned, if it wasn't for the fact I have always had ponds, this one would have been a no gainer. Especially since it had poorly done underground electrical service.

    In So Cal, you have to have a permit to go deeper than 18". But thats another topic.
    DrDave, Jan 13, 2008
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    Gail Futoran Guest

    "San Diego Joe" wrote in message
    Depends on the pond, doesn't it? I have a filtered
    150 gallon stock tank containing a bunch of plants
    and a few goldfish (ok, a few adult fish and a bunch
    of babies I need to give away), plus an approximately
    300 gallon inground pond with a bunch of plants
    and a few goldfish. The inground pond isn't filtered.
    I add water when needed and once in awhile
    (every two years, maybe) suck some stuff off the
    bottom. It really is low maintenance. Even the
    stock tank needs minimal maintanence - cleaning
    the filter when it starts to clog and doing a simple
    partial water change at the same time.

    I wouldn't consider any Koi pond low
    maintenance, but that's a different ... uh, kettle
    of fish. :pooh:

    near San Antonio TX
    Gail Futoran, Jan 13, 2008
  17. It could be really hard to work out a design to remove our pond! It
    lies between two decks. Maybe decking over a filled pond?

    Phyllis and Jim, Jan 13, 2008
  18. ~ jan


    My koi pond with a built in (thereby leak proof) veggie filter is VERY low
    maintenance. In fact, the entire back yard is low maintenance with NO, I repeat NO
    grass anywhere. The back yard is set up for entertaining or just having dinner out
    in the back yard and enjoying watching the fish (with lights in the evening is even
    more wonderful) and listening to the splash of the waterfall. People do just love
    our backyard with pond. even the next door neighbors say they love to hear the
    waterfall. Ingrid
    , Jan 13, 2008
  19. ~ jan

    ~ jan Guest

    even the next door neighbors say they love to hear the
    Before we put in our ponds the boys had their forts in the area. The next
    door neighbors put in trees to block this "view". Course it wasn't long...
    maybe 2 years, that eldest son was okay with tearing them out and putting
    in ponds, so the ponds were originally his idea.

    Over the years the neighbors have slowly been pruning up, and I think
    they're planning to do more. The next pruning will get the lower limbs that
    tend to hang over our yard. Not that I'm complaining.... these have been
    great neighbors, but I won't miss the extra leaves and especially the
    sweetgum balls that are tossed hither and yond.

    Since we have a nice neighbor fence between us, they even bring guests out
    to look at the ponds. :) ~ jan
    ~ jan, Jan 13, 2008
  20. ~ jan

    Chip Guest

    I am 95% certain that I will design my conversion from pool to pond so
    that the pool is recoverable easily(?) for the new owners. That way
    they have a choice and I have a more easy to sell house.

    Here in PHX there is a fairly good business in decking over closed down
    pools to add patio space in the backyard and stop the maintainability

    Chip, Jan 14, 2008
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