I'm about to make an offer on a house, and the house does not include a sprinkler system. The agent assures me Indiana (this is located in Fort Wayne) gets enough rain and doesn't need sprinklers. Is this true? Any of you not have sprinklers?
It’s rare. Higher end homes have them sometimes and in some neighborhoods. I don’t personally know anyone who has a sprinkler system.
@Aaron Moayed I am Fort Wayne native and I've lived here my whole life. A sprinkler system is very rarely needed in typically are reserved for high-end homes in this area. If you have any questions I'm a local realtor and property manager or brokerage manages over 450 properties in the surrounding areas I'd be happy to help you in any way I can.
Indiana weather is questionable at best. Hoosiers have a saying “if you don’t like the weather just wait 10 min”. I would say it depends on your intended use of the property. If this is going to be a personal residence or a high end rental I would suggest it. I worked for a production home builder for the last couple of years and in all of our neighborhoods that were 500K plus a sprinkler system was included with the home. My personal experience is that in July and August it would be really nice to have a sprinkled yard. If you aren’t out moving sprinklers and watering your yard in those months you will have dead grass. I have a good irrigation company if you need the name of one, I am not sure if they do work up in Fort Wayne or not. I know our average price to sprinkle the front and side yards was usually around 5K.
I used to run a landscaping business in Fort Wayne less than a tenth of my clients had irrigation systems, and they were all in the upper class areas of town. I would not have them in my rentals in Fort Wayne just another thing to maintain. They are considered a luxury in that area!
If this is a $500,000 house with a large, perfectly sodded yard, you might want to have a sprinkler system put in....but not everyone does.
If it's a normal city or suburban lot, people just wait for it to rain. If we ever have a "drought" (not much of a drought, in Indiana), people just hook up their hose and old-fashioned sprinkler, or even just use the hose with a nozzle.
This is standard midwest behavior. LOL