Would you buy a house with a hot tub in the basement?

musicgoldJuly 14, 2014

Hi,

We have found a lovely house that has all the features we would like to have except one - its basement has a large (3-4 people) hot tub and a small sauna.

The reason, I don't like this feature is I am worried about mold. I don't think we would use this feature much.

The house itself is ~30 years old, but I am not sure when the hot tub was installed. While there was no pungent smell when we visited the house, my gut keeps telling me that there has to be some mold. There is an exhaust fan in the room that apparently takes the hot air out.

Am I worrying unnecessarily? Also does the resell value of house go down with this kind of feature?

Thanks.

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butterfly4u

Music,
I wouldn't buy it.
Or, you could ask them to remove it, which they won't so you won't end up buying it anyway.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 12:35PM
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ncrealestateguy

Buy the house and get rid of the hot tub.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 12:36PM
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emoree

Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't mess with a house with any weirdness in the basement. But if you absolutely love the house and it's perfect in every other way you could get estimates for how much it would cost to remove it and price your bid accordingly.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 1:21PM
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nancylouise_gw

Ask the sellers to remove it or deduct the cost of removal and capping of pipes from the asking price. The basement is a weird place to put a hot tub. Anything else weird with this house?? NancyLouise

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 1:31PM
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musicgold

Thanks folks.

"Anything else weird with this house??"

Please click on the link below for the listing.

Would love to know what other members think of the house.

Here is a link that might be useful: MLS link

This post was edited by musicgold on Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 16:42

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 3:50PM
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kirkhall

I can't tell if it is in the BASEMENT, or if it is in a lower walk-out story? Does the floor daylight?

If you aren't paying a premium for the hottub, I'd remove it if it weren't my taste. I'd not pay extra for it. And, I might adjust my price down a bit due to it.

Nothing else, in the pictures, screams "ISSUE" to me. Just the DW placement is a little tight, I think, for the sink location.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 4:24PM
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musicgold

"I can't tell if it is in the BASEMENT, or if it is in a lower walk-out story? Does the floor daylight?"

It is in the basement. There is no walk-out. I am not sure what you mean by 'floor daylight'. There is a sunroof just above the kitchen.

This post was edited by musicgold on Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 19:14

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 4:40PM
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nancylouise_gw

The kitchen sink seems to be an awkward placement looking at the photo. When you stand in front of it, is it easy to use? Other then that and the hot tub, it looks like a very nice house. NancyLouise

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 5:29PM
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nosoccermom

Can you take a peek under that hot tub, i.e. I'd imagine that that wood surround can be opened. That should give you an idea whether there are moisture/mold issues.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 11:03AM
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musicgold

Thank you all. Appreciate your feedback.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 1:31PM
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denise54

Get rid of the hot tub. My husband once owned a house with a hot tub in the basement and because the room wasn't properly vented, there were moisture issues in the basement. Once the hot tub was removed, the basement was dry.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 3:12PM
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littlebug5

Holy cannoli!! What a difference in pricing - a house like that in my area would sell for probably $150,000.

If I were considering buying, I'd ask that the hot tub be removed and insist on a satisfactory inspection verifying no moisture issues in that area, before I made an offer.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 7:23PM
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