Many homeowners wonder if a home sauna actually adds value to the home or property. Clearly, there is a touch of luxury to a home with a built in-sauna, and some added leisure to the living environment. All things considered, a sauna can add value to your home. Understandably, the added value of a home sauna will be defined in different ways.
In general, residential real estate prices are most influenced by supply and demand market forces. This is especially true for residential homes in North America. A sauna adds value to your home in the same way that a renovated kitchen or renovated bathroom enhances value. Today, a home sauna can be a very attractive “extra” when selling a property.
Like other home improvements, a sauna may add value to your home when a potential buyer is interested. For many buyers, there’s certainly something appealing about a home sauna. And while not every home improvement will appeal to everyone, there is much to be said about added “extras” like a built in sauna. The so-called “luxury appeal” is certainly a sign of added value.
Saunas have a high perceived value. People often over estimate how much it costs to build a sauna.
The result: Those buying a sauna kit and installing a sauna are often very pleasantly surprised. And those buying a house have a high perceived value for the sauna. As a result, the sauna adds value to the house well beyond what it actually cost to install.
When it’s done right, a sauna may add value to your home
With a home sauna, it’s important to do it right from the start – a quality product, with quality features, and a quality installation. Anything short could diminish value to a potential buyer. This is where a good retailer can be instrumental in planning out the sauna.
The location of a home sauna is obviously most important . But beyond location, updated, stylish kitchen, bathrooms and other home improvements help distinguish a home and add to the resale value.
And don’t forget the other advantages. The benefits over the years cannot be measured in dollars and cents: daily relaxation after a day at work – weekend socializing with friends – and therapeutic relief from those aches and pains.
Short term and long term benefits of a home sauna
By any measure, a quality home sauna is a valuable investment. Short term, it offers excellent health benefits, which certainly makes the investment worthwhile. Long term, a quality sauna can provide a good return-on-investment when selling the property. The perfect balance is to install a built in sauna that will satisfy family needs, while it adds home value. The better the sauna, the better the long term value.
Like most home improvements, investing in a sauna should be done properly. Whether it’s a custom install or a DIY project, it’s worth working with a good retailer who can provide good advice on location, sizing, features, installation, and maintenance.