That being said, we had the pond for 8 years, and enjoyed our kois immensely the time we were there. So put one in for self enjoyment purposes, but not for investment purposes. Trust me, we spent SOOOO much money on that darn thing! :) IMHO
I am a Realtor in Bloomington, Illinois and I have just sold my own home with a waterfall and pond that I put in about 4 years ago. i LOVE my back yard and so do my neighbors who have benefitted from living within the sound of the water. However, in selling in this market I have to admit I have invested more into the waterfall than what I recovered in the sale. I would advise being wise and getting a reputable company to quote what they would charge. Go ahead and do it yourself if you want, but be sure you are read up and ready. I would not make it too deap if you are looking to resale in the future as families with kids may be worried. But, all in all, I do love my landscaping and will miss it. I would have done it on a much smaller scale though for less investment. Hope that helps
If you are putting the pond in because you want one and would enjoy it then go ahead. But I have yet to talk to a buyer that says the yard has to have a pond. I LOVE ponds but I doubt it will be a deal maker or breaker when it comes time to sell . Having said that a beautiful yard will help sell a house. If YOU want a pond for personal use I vote you go for it !!! Enjoy
I would look at it in this way...
1. For how long are planning to live in this house where you are thinking of a pond?
2. The fountain with the water sound is excellent by your outdoor room/patio!
3. A meditater, a thinker, a reader any one who loves out door would be
delighted to buy your home when you are ready to sell it.
4. The main thing is itâ€™s your idea, you like it and you sure should enjoy that.
5. When comes to resale, and if the buyers have kids, at that time you can discount the money
for making it a sand box like you thought
6. If I were you, I would go for it and enjoy the pond water.
I would ask a local Realtor for their opinion. If you are selling the near future, then there might be other areas that require attention. A Realtor that spends each week in the market will be able to give you some suggestions regarding the general point of preparing your home for sale, which is actually more important than the pond. Strategically most sellers would benefit from meeting with their Realtor EARLIER, before they put their home on the market, so they can properly plan the repairs and other steps needed.
If you are looking to add the feature in preparation for selling your home, I would reconsider spending the money on adding a pond. Parents of young children definitely tend to shy away from homes with pools and water features that may a hazard with small children. You would probably not see the return of your money at the time of sale.
If you are looking to add it for your own enjoyment and are not looking to sell in the new future, I would say go ahead. You can enjoy the feature while you are living in the home.