Transform Your Backyard Into a Mini-Golf Course To Increase Your Property's Market Value
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There are plenty of ways to renovate your home to increase your propertyâs market value. But have you ever considered what you might be able to do to your backyard to add value? If youâre a golfing fan or youâve got kids, one of the best new ideas to add an entertainment factor and boost the value of your home is to transform your backyard into a mini-golf course.
Potential buyers are often pleasantly surprised to discover that a backyard is filled with as much character as the inside of the home is. Putting some effort into transforming your backyard is well worth it, both in terms of creating something you and your family can use while youâre in the home and in terms of adding attraction and value to your home.
Why Mini Golf? Who doesnât love a good game of mini-golf? Itâs a throwback to the happy days of childhood! But choosing to create a mini golf scene in your backyard has multiple benefits for homeowners.
First up, if youâre planning on selling your home at any point (for most of us, selling our home is inevitable at some time), having a full-featured mini golf course in your backyard is a huge selling point.
Hereâs why mini golf is such a great idea to invest in.
Suitable for All Ages & LevelsEveryone from kids to seniors can take part in and enjoy mini golf. Which makes having a mini golf course in your backyard an amazing social activity! Whether you host friends often or you enjoy having the whole family over, the mini golf course is a great place to enjoy each other's company and engage in some friendly competition.
It also doesnât matter if youâre a mid-handicapper or a complete newbie. Mini golf is fun and relatively easy for everyone, as well as being unintimidating!
Family Fun ActivityGot kids? This is an excellent idea. Not only is it a fun way to pass the time, but itâs a great way to encourage them to get away from the screen and spend some time outdoors.
Aside from the exercise and fresh air aspect, if your kids play mini golf on a regular basis, itâs an excellent way to develop your kidsâ hand-eye coordination. Plus, it boosts critical thinking skills, so itâs not just funâ¦ Itâs educational too.
Things to Consider If installing a mini golf course in your backyard sounds like a good idea, here are a few things you should consider before you decide if itâs right for you.
SpaceA mini golf course takes up a good bit of space. If youâve got a small backyard, you could work out a short course, but itâs likely to be at the expense of other things.
If your yard already has a pool, a barbecue area, or anything else in it, finding space to create a mini golf course can be challenging.
Keep in mind that things like pools and patios are already adding value to your property, so in order for a mini golf course to add more value, it should be an addition to these features rather than replacing them.
SurfaceMany mini golf courses are carpeted to give them that smooth, sleek, rolling feeling. However, if you live in an area that gets frequent rain, you may prefer to kit your mini golf course out in astroturf or something similar. Make sure itâs non-toxic if you have pets.
On the other hand, if you stay somewhere warm, harsh sunlight can cause the surfaceâturf or carpetâto fade. It may be worthwhile to add some shady trees throughout the course to protect the surfaces in hot weather.
CostUnless youâre a landscaping whizz yourself, you may want to pay a designer to create a course that fits around your backyardâs landscape. Simply clearing the space and adding a mini golf course could work, but itâs going to be less spectacular.
You can also do the dirty work yourself, like digging, laying astro turf, and creating ponds or bridges. Weigh up the costs before going all inâyou can either pay professionals to do it, which will cost you more money, or do it yourself, which will cost you less money but a lot more time.
Donât forget that youâll also need to kit the course out with golf clubs and golf balls, which is an extra expense.
How Much Value Can It Add To Your Home? Itâs difficult to answer this question. The value a mini golf course adds to your home depends on many factors, such as the size of the course, the quality of materials used to build it, and the routing through the yard.
One thing is clear, thoughâyou can definitely sell your home for a higher price even if you have a small, modest mini golf course in your backyard. Keep in mind that it needs to be well-maintained and attractive in order to catch the eyes of potential buyers.
Also, remember that youâll need to subtract the cost of building the mini golf course from the value it adds to your home in order to figure out the true value of this kind of investment.
If you and your family are going to be taking advantage of the course in the meantime, itâs definitely worthwhile considering.
Conclusion Transforming your backyard into a mini-golf course could significantly increase the value of your home. If you have the budget for it, itâs a worthwhile investment that wonât just make a difference when it comes to selling your home but also while youâre still living in the home.
Whether youâre flipping a home for profit or renovating your home to create a comfortable haven for the family to enjoy in the meantime, building a mini-golf course in your backyard is a great idea.
Itâs almost guaranteed to capture the attention of potential buyers and drive up the perceived value of your property. And we can almost promise that when potential buyers go home after house-hunting, your mini-golf course is going to be the one thing that stands out in their minds.
About the Author
Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer and businessman. When heâs not on the course working on his own game or mentoring others, heâs researching and writing value-packed articles for his website, Golf Influence.