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How Much Value Does a Hot Tub Add To Your Home?



Your home is a sanctuary where you seek comfort and tranquility. If you’re looking to elevate your relaxation to the next level, adding a hot tub can be a perfect solution. However, you might wonder if this investment could potentially become a headache when it comes to resale value. The answer depends on various factors that you should consider before making a decision.

By carefully evaluating the pros and cons of owning a hot tub, you can confidently determine whether it aligns with your preferences and let your worries drift away.

Is a Hot Tub Worth It?

When contemplating the worthiness of a hot tub, the best advice is to evaluate its value based on your personal needs and enjoyment. Similar to many home improvement projects, it’s unlikely that you will fully recoup the amount spent on a hot tub when reselling your home. Typically, hot tubs only fetch a fraction of their initial purchase price. Therefore, instead of focusing solely on potential resale value, prioritize whether it will enhance your personal lifestyle.

Keep in mind that hot tubs are not only upfront investments but also require ongoing maintenance. The average cost to install a mid-size, mid-range hot tub is around $7,000. However, this cost can significantly increase if you need additional expenses like building a pad or deck, electrical hook-ups, and landscaping improvements to ensure a successful hot tub setup.

Maintaining hot tubs can be expensive due to their complex heating systems. On average, common hot tub repairs cost around $250. Additionally, you can anticipate spending between $500 and $1,200 per year on electricity, chemicals, water, and cleaning.

Tips for Adding Value to Your Home With a Hot Tub

If you have a long-term perspective and aim to increase your home’s value with a hot tub, strategic planning is crucial. The integration of a hot tub with your exterior landscape plays a significant role in enhancing resale value. A hot tub surrounded by complementary hardscaping features like a stone pathway, gazebo, or deck is more appealing to potential buyers compared to a standalone hot tub that feels out of place.

The appeal of a hot tub also varies depending on geographic location and price range. For instance, a hot tub would be an attractive selling point for buyers seeking a luxurious mountain home. On the other hand, for a starter home in a warm climate, a hot tub might be seen as a burdensome maintenance task.

Equally important, ensure that the hot tub is in excellent working condition when selling your home. Homebuyers are less likely to take on the responsibility of managing an old or inefficient hot tub due to repair and removal costs. Consider hiring a professional to provide a comprehensive tune-up and cleaning before listing your property. Having professional documentation to demonstrate the hot tub’s good condition can also reassure potential buyers.

Hot Tub Pros:

Personal Enjoyment

The enjoyment and benefits of having your own hot tub are undeniable. It serves as a place to relax, entertain guests, and even aid in physical therapy. With proper setup and maintenance, a hot tub becomes a long-term investment that you can cherish for years.

Potential Increase in Home Value

Although it’s improbable to recoup the full investment when selling a home with a hot tub, integrating it seamlessly into the landscape can enhance potential resale value. In certain cases, buyers may even expect a hot tub as a desirable feature. To assess whether this holds true for your area, conduct research by reviewing comparable active real estate listings online.

Hot Tub Cons:

Costly Maintenance

Beyond the initial installation expenses, hot tub ownership entails ongoing costs such as heating, chemicals, and cleaning. While you may be willing to bear these expenses, potential homebuyers may have different perspectives.

Limited Independent Resale Value

If you intend to sell a used hot tub separately, it’s important to note that the average resale value is typically only around 25% to 33% of the original purchase price. Moreover, if the hot tub is not functional, you may incur additional expenses for its proper removal and disposal.

Bottom Line: Consider Your Priorities

Ultimately, the decision of whether a hot tub is worth it for you depends on your personal circumstances and priorities. If you plan to stay in your home for an extended period and anticipate deriving significant enjoyment from a hot tub, it can be a worthwhile investment, even if the resale value may not provide a full return on your initial investment.

Remember to carefully weigh the costs involved, including installation, maintenance, and repairs, as well as the potential impact on resale value in your specific location and market. If you decide to proceed with a hot tub, ensure it is well-integrated into your landscape and properly maintained to enhance its appeal to potential buyers in the future.

Ultimately, the true value of a hot tub lies in the relaxation, enjoyment, and therapeutic benefits it offers to you and your family. So, take the time to evaluate your personal needs, research local market trends, and make an informed decision that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences. With a well-considered approach, you can create a home oasis that brings you joy and serenity for years to come.

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‘Friends’ Star Matthew Perry Dies From Apparent Drowning in Hot Tub



'Friends' Star Matthew Perry Dies From Apparent Drowning in Hot Tub

The world was left in shock as news of the sudden and tragic passing of Matthew Perry, beloved for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the iconic TV series “Friends,” broke. Perry, who was 54 years old, was found dead at his Los Angeles residence, leaving many in disbelief.

Authorities responded to his home at around 4 p.m., where Perry was discovered lifeless in a hot tub. Although an investigation is currently underway, anonymous law enforcement sources have refrained from specifying an official cause of death. While no illicit substances were found at the scene, prescription medications were reportedly discovered in Perry’s home, necessitating toxicology assessments.

As of the time of this report, there has been no statement or response from a representative of Matthew Perry. Los Angeles Police Capt. Scot Williams, who heads the Robbery Homicide Division overseeing the investigation, has stated that foul play is not currently suspected. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has postponed its determination of the cause of death, suggesting that it may remain unknown for some time.

Matthew Perry’s untimely passing has sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment world, with Warner Bros. Television Group, the production company behind “Friends,” expressing their profound sorrow. Perry is remembered as an incredibly talented actor who left an enduring impact on the Warner Bros. Television Group family and audiences worldwide.

NBC, the network that aired “Friends” for all ten seasons, joined in the collective mourning, lauding Perry’s impeccable comedic timing and witty humor. They expressed their belief that his legacy would continue to bring joy to countless generations.

On Saturday night, Perry’s body was carefully moved from his Pacific Palisades home into a coroner’s van. Reports suggest that he may have tragically drowned in the hot tub, possibly after experiencing a cardiac arrest. Perry’s assistant reportedly made the emergency call.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a possible “water rescue” call at 4:07 p.m. When they arrived, Perry was found unresponsive. Authorities cordoned off the residence and set up a white tent near the hot tub and pool area in Perry’s backyard. Photographs captured Perry’s parents, Suzanne Perry and John Bennett Perry, at the scene, along with Suzanne’s husband, Keith Morrison of “Dateline.”

It is worth noting that accidents related to hot tubs, such as drowning, are more common than many realize. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that over 300 people lose their lives annually in hot tub-related incidents. Children, especially those under 5, make up a significant portion of these tragic events.

While the details surrounding Perry’s passing are still emerging, additional information indicates that he had been active earlier on the day of his death. Sources suggest that he had played pickleball for two hours in the morning and sent his assistant on an errand. Upon the assistant’s return, Perry was found unresponsive, leading to an immediate call to 911.

Perry’s well-documented battle with substance abuse was openly shared in his 2022 memoir. Despite facing numerous challenges, he had a strong desire to support others in their own struggles with addiction, even establishing a sober men’s facility in Southern California.

Law enforcement has not raised suspicions of foul play or unusual circumstances in his passing. However, it may take several weeks for an official cause of death to be determined as investigations continue.

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Hot Tub Repair Man Accused Of Burglary



Hot Tub Repair Man Accused Of Burglary

During a ski trip in Georgia, a group of friends encountered an unfortunate incident involving a hot tub repairman. After completing the job, the friends invited the repairman in for a beer. However, the following day, the repairman allegedly broke into their apartment and made off with personal items valued at nearly $20,000.

The tenants reported the incident to the Steamboat Springs Police Department on March 16. According to the arrest affidavit, the renters had contacted Vacasa rental regarding a broken hot tub in their rental property. Christopher Svenson, a contractor hired through Vacasa, responded to the request. One of the renters had a conversation with Svenson while he was repairing the hot tub and extended an invitation to join them for a drink.

The next day, the three renters left the premises to go skiing. Upon returning at noon, one of the renters discovered that the door was unlocked. They reported several stolen items, including a Rolex watch worth $18,000, Bose headphones worth $329, a Dell laptop worth $848, Adidas sneakers worth $160, and an $80 laptop case. Additionally, one of the renters reported the theft of an American Express credit card, while another stated that $1,200 in cash was missing from their laptop case.

The renter whose credit card was allegedly stolen received notifications of its usage in multiple locations around Steamboat, starting at 12:10 p.m. on March 16, just ten minutes after one of the renters returned to find the unlocked door.

According to the affidavit, Svenson had only been employed by the rental company for five days, as confirmed by the property manager. The property manager informed the police that Svenson had access to the garage but did not possess keys to enter the residence.

On the morning of March 16 at 9:15 a.m., Svenson reportedly expressed feeling belittled by the tenants to the property manager and promptly quit before leaving the office. However, despite quitting, Svenson was allegedly seen at the rental property by a maintenance staff member at 9:30 a.m., just 15 minutes later.

The police used vehicle registration data and video footage from stores where the stolen credit card was used to identify Svenson as the suspect. Subsequently, Svenson was arrested on Wednesday, April 26, on charges of second-degree burglary, a Class 3 felony, and theft, a Class 5 felony. His bail was set at $25,000.

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Canadian Spa Brands Merge – Hydropool + Sunrise



Canadian Spa Brands Merge - Hydropool + Sunrise

Mississauga-based company Hydropool has made a groundbreaking announcement in the Canadian hot tub and swim spa industry by merging with Sunrise Spas. This merger brings together the leadership, intellectual property, and industry experience of both companies, totaling almost a century, to enhance the efficiency of the production process for both manufacturers.

The primary objective of the merger is to strengthen both the Hydropool and Sunrise brands. By working closely together, the companies aim to build a strong future. The merger presents an exciting opportunity for all those involved in either company.

While the two manufacturers join forces, most aspects of their operations will remain unchanged. Retailers can expect to continue receiving the same high level of service and support they have been accustomed to.

Over the next year, there will be a gradual shift in Sunrise’s production and assembly from Grimsby, Ont. to Hydropool’s location in Mississauga. This transition will be carried out at a reasonable pace to minimize any disruption for retailers.

Throughout the merger, the Sunrise brand family will be maintained, with a focus on strengthening both brands without one overshadowing the other. Dealers will maintain their existing relationships with Sunrise Spas’ customer service, sales teams, and senior leadership. Parts will continue to be supplied directly by Sunrise, and the warranty service will also be handled by Sunrise.

The merger is seen as a change that makes sense for both companies, considering the current economic climate. By operating more efficiently and expanding manufacturing capabilities, both Hydropool and Sunrise will be better positioned for the future.

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