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Is a sprinkler system worth installing for a house flip?

Asked by Trulia Atlanta, Atlanta, GA Thu Feb 21, 2013

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Only in a luxury property where 50% of the competitive homes have sprinklers. Only spend money on things people will appreciate and pay for. Too often investors spend money on things most people don't want and won't pay for.



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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 21, 2013
No, this would be a waste of money for a flip. Focus on cosmetics.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 30, 2013
Depends on the prioe range of the house you're going to sell. Unless you're in a price range of $750,000 or more I'd suggest that this would be a waste of your money.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 23, 2013
I know a sprinkler system is a BIG plus in California!

With a flip you want to sale fast, right?

So, with that in mind why not do everything within your budget to make the home more attractive?

Just make sure you stay within your budget.

Much Success to You!

Best Regards,
Kawain Payne, Realtor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2013
I find it interesting to see how different our markets are. Real estate is a LOCAL commoditiy to be sure. When Bill suggests a $400k house should have high end features, I have to grin. Here in Key West, where the average sale price on the market is $640k, $400 is a bargain, low to mid range home, and a "$75k fixer upper" is unheard of! Of course, that can make the job of an agent even tougher when you get folks from out of town who want to buy a beautiful retirement home with their $200k life savings and find that won't even get them a decent condo.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2013
If I'm buying a $400,000 home it better have a sprinkler system! On the other hand if the home is a $75,000 "fixer upper" I wouldn't expect this option.

A very wise person once told me to NEVER spend money on a home that you planned on selling and couldn't get a return on the money you invested. Keep it simple and be smart!

Bill
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2013
Bruce is 100% right.

Buy curb appeal before you buy a sprinkler system and you are talking about a very small segment of the GA market, ain't ya?

Give us some Neighborhood questions Trulia Atlanta, not these distant, boring questions all the time.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2013
In a couple of years it will be required of all new home builders to install sprinklers in new homes but this is not yet the case. A sprinkler system is not cheap and in a flip you want to go in, make improvements and upgrades but still be able to walk away with making a profit. I just can't see installing a sprinkler system as being perceived as a worthwhile investment at this time. Unless, of course, if it is a condo or townhome - then yes absolutely install a system if one does not already exist.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 21, 2013
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