Poole, Leicester, and Bolton found as the UK’s “hot tub hotspots”, new research has revealed.
The research, which was conducted by hot tub hire company Bubble and Tub, analysed live ‘For Sale’ listings on Rightmove to determine which locations have the most homes for sale which include hot tubs.
Across the 50 locations analysed, 95,626 properties were currently on the market for sale, and of these 187 mentioned hot tubs in the listing, equating to 0.196%. Across the 50 locations analysed, and based on the percentage of live listings mentioning “hot tub”, 30 of the locations had an above average percentage of listings mentioning hot tubs.
Ordered from highest percentage, these 30 locations included:
- Kingston upon Hull
- Milton Keynes
Poole (1.373%), Leicester (0.994%), and Bolton (0.886%) topped the list for highest percentage. However, London (39 properties), Leicester (16 properties), Poole (11 properties) and Nottingham (11 properties) topped the list based on raw numbers.
Of the 50 analysed, 12 locations (Belfast, Bradford, Edinburgh, Southampton, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Reading, Luton, Swindon, Slough, Cambridge, Dundee) had no live listings mentioning hot tubs at the time of writing, indicating that they may be less popular in those areas.
However, those with hot tubs in their gardens might be better off taking them with them if they wish to sell their property – as well as analysing Rightmove data, Bubble and Tub also consulted Paul Gibbens, property specialist at Housebuyers4u, to discuss the demand for hot tubs amongst prospective buyers, as well as the potential impact on property prices.
“Portable hot tubs don’t make a difference (as it’s considered a personal piece of property) but built-in hot tubs can add value to property prices. I’d estimate a subsequent price difference of between +15-25%, however this can vary as a number of factors come into play, such as quality of hot tub design and if it if has attractive landscaping. Also an additional caveat – the percentage increase estimate figures above would relate more to higher-end properties.
“Countries with colder climates will also see an increased price as hot tubs are often major selling points – this also holds true to seasonal vacation destinations – but demand is relatively low in the UK”.
Stuart Carter, Managing Director at Bubble and Tub, commented on the findings:
“Whilst hot tubs are viewed as a luxury for many Brits, not everyone wants one as a permanent fixture in their garden. For those who don’t want to commit to installing a hot tub (or buying a home that has one already installed), why not hire a hot tub instead? We have certainly seen a significant rise in the level of bookings during lockdown and have so far seen record bookings in 2021. Bookings for February have shown an increase of 126% on last February, with hot tub hire enquiries up by a rate of 352% on last February. We also saw a huge increase in bookings for Mother’s Day this year where people opted to surprise their Mum with a hot tub hire as opposed to traditional flowers.
“For vendors with a portable hot tub situated in their gardens, it might be best to offer – and forward plan – to prospective buyers that they are happy to take it with them to their next house on completion, otherwise it could damage the offer amount that you are likely to get. For those with built-in hot tubs, it may also be worth offering to remove it at your own expense before exchange of contracts, particularly if prospective buyers express that they would not wish to keep it once they exchange and its proving to be a sticking point”.
More information can be found here: https://bubbleandtub.com/blogs/news/the-uk-s-hot-tub-hotspots-for-prospective-homebuyers