How to Add Value to Your Home by Installing a Tennis Court
A tennis court can make a big difference to the resale value of your home.
On one hand, if you have a larger property, installing a tennis court plays to the expectations of wealthy buyers. According to Australian real estate agents, there are a few status symbols that high-end buyers expect from any property, with tennis courts ranking alongside swimming pools. So if you have a larger property and want to attract as many potential buyers as possible, a tennis court is a sound investment.
But installing a tennis court isn't just for mansion owners. Smaller properties can also benefit. All you need is a plot of land measuring around 35m by 25m and you'll have plenty of room to navigate the 24m by 11m court. In a country where tennis courts are disappearing, if you can offer a court to buyers, it can be a very attractive feature.
Any property owner with enough space should consider adding a tennis court. If you do, here are some key considerations to guide you along the way.
Think About Placement
If you go for a clay or concrete surface, moss will always be a concern, and if you place your court improperly, it will be hard to keep the surface moss-free and fit for play. You can rely on moss killers to protect your court, but it's even better to reduce the risk of moss from the start. Try to avoid shady areas with overhanging tree limbs and buildings. The shade may be refreshing in between games, but it provides the perfect conditions for moss to develop.
Try to orient your court on a north-south axis, instead of east-west. That way, you can avoid the worst effects of glare when the sun is in the wrong place, making your court much more playable.
Have Your Court Professionally Installed
After placement, think about how the court will be installed. Tennis courts aren't just a simple concrete or all-weather surface. The different types of court need to be specially laid and treated to ensure they remain in good condition and have as few flaws as possible. The worse case scenario is that your court starts to peel or degrade, fragments of concrete litter the surface and the court becomes uneven, ruining the playing experience.
Properly certified tennis court builders will ensure that such problems are avoided. It might be tempting to opt for cheaper alternatives (or even try to do the job yourself), but the costs of remediation will be high if the project goes wrong.
Make Sure Your Court is Properly Lit
Even the best laid court won't maximise its value if it's only useful during daytime hours. With the right lighting system, your court can be an asset during the evening, a time when many people prefer to play when they get home from work.
The cheapest lighting options may well be metal halide lamps, which have been the industry standard for decades. However, a better option is to install energy efficient alternatives based on LEDs that provide just as much illumination, with much lower costs.
Tennis court construction is a good option for Australian homeowners, whether you have a vast garden space to fill or a relatively compact plot. If you pay attention to placement, don't cut corners on construction and add efficient lighting, a tennis court is almost guaranteed to add value to your home (and be a great way to stay in shape as well).