Shopping for a new home? Thinking about makings some upgrades to your current property? We frequently get asked if installing a pond can increase the property value of a home. Although it is an attractive add on, it may not be an element that is appeals to potential buyers. Here are a few things to consider:

A List of Positives

  1. A Pond can be a beautiful extension of your home if you enjoy entertaining outside. It can be a conversation starter, a place of zen and relaxation and even a secondary gathering space when you have a large group of guests. Water falls and fountains create a soothing sound to enjoy any time of day. They add a therapeutic element during times of private reflection or meditation after a long day of work.
  2. A properly set up pond doubles as a source of emergency water storage. It can be also used as a partial rain catchment. Additionally, ponds are a source of water for vegetable gardens or ornamental flowers.
  3. A pond serves as an incredible educational resource for kids. Take advantage of the ecosystem in your backyard. Plants, insects, amphibians, birds, and fish often rely on each other for the pond to thrive. Perfect for an impromptu science lesson!
  4. Those with a green thumb will enjoy having an entirely new canvas to paint with. Aquatic and bog plants offer beautiful flowering views of a type which cannot be found in plants which grow only in soil.

Possible Down Sides

  1. “It requires more maintenance.”  Yes, a pond can require a little extra care. However, for a properly planned and designed pond, the work is quite minimal. If you have a contractor doing seasonal care, you’ll want to share that with the potential home buyers. If not, have a recommended source on hand. This will make buyers feel more comfortable taking on an element they may not have considered on their search.
  2. “I don’t have anyone to feed my fish when I go out of town.” The solution for this one is easy. A new home owner who inherits a pond has the option to keep the pond without the fish. Or, they can purchase a fairly inexpensive automated pond fish feeder at PetSolutions. Furthermore, a fish feeder takes care of feeding at regular intervals for up to several weeks without any human interaction.
  3. “The pond will leak.” Pond liners are made of materials which are guaranteed for decades, and meant to last a lifetime. Properly installed liners are heavy duty and significantly reduce the chance for leakage.  The liner should even hold up for a dog taking a splash in the pond!
  4. “It will be way to expensive to run.” Energy efficient pond pumps and LED pond lights are easily accessible. These products make energy usage very low.
  5. Lastly, is the “I’m stuck with it forever” mindset. This is not true. At the end of the day, a pond is a hole in the ground filled with water. Drain the water and remove the liner, then fill it  with dirt and topsoil. You’ll never know there was a pond!

About The Author John Flynn

John is the Live Deliveries Manager at Petsolutions, and has 20 years of experience working in the pet care industry specializing in live fish, plants, corals, and reptiles. Outside of PetSolutions, John enjoys photography as well as outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.

comments (0)

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>