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Does a higher priced water filtration system bring in a higher ROI?

  • October 30 2013 - Apache Junction
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I concur with the conclusion that you will have a negative Return on Investment (ROI) since in almost all cases because most buyers won't increase their offer price for either filtration (removal of dirt or rust chunks in the water) or a reverse osmosis unit (removal of most of the minerals in the water).  Some buyer will look for and will pay a modest additional amount for a water softener, though I would not recommend to a seller to run out and install one just prior to putting their house on the market.

There are exceptions which you may run into, especially if you are on a private well in certain areas.  Sulfur odor and visible iron (red water) or extremely hard water can be sufficiently bad that their removal is critical to being able to sell a house at the optimal price.  In that case your investment may be justified.  

Be aware of so called water treatment experts over selling.
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Thank you for rapid and helpful advice! You have started quite the discussion.:)
  • October 30 2013
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Wouldn't adding a filtration system add an expense? Both from maintenance and parts/equipment. Seems to me it would hurt your ROI. However there is an added benefit that your plumbing systems may increase life span due to a higher quality of water flowing through thus lowering costs of plumbing repairs. In the end though I don't see the benefit of installing a water system, it will likely cost more to maintain than you will ever save. And it won't add much value to the property either. To me it's a liability and negative equity appliance. And I don't care what the guy selling the system says. 
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I would have a hard time saying a water system would improve ROI because return on investment could be reduced by the cost of the high priced system hurting ROI. It's like adding a solar anything system, the cost often does not offset the savings.

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