The overlap in major league sports seasons every fall prompts bromo sapiens to flock to a year-end rite of passage — hunkering down in brozones to release a year of pent up wooooos!
Guys who make up their own rooms to foster that special bond-between-boys understand the value of space designed for the bromance.
And they just might be on to something.
Done right, the man cave won’t hurt the value of the home and can actually add value when it’s time to sell.
Guys have to live somewhere too.
Of course, even if his team wins, if the garage, den, basement, extra bedroom or carriage house has been turned into a rancid, smoke-filled room of beer sweat and hurled pizza, selling the home can be a lot like trying to unload a property previously occupied by a poorly trained lesser animal with a weak bladder.
Bright guys know how to build in the right stuff that sells not only on sports night, but when it’s time to list the property.
A woman’s touch can help.
“As long as you don’t make it too specific, there tends to be a resale market for man caves,” says Stephanie Rauterkus, Ph.D., a professor of accounting and finance in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Business.
Rauterkus has brofessor credibility.
In addition to her UAB role, she publishes the family blog-to-bookmark “365 Days on a Budget”, authored the “Behavioral Determinants of Mortgage Defaults,” a study of socioeconomic measurements that cause borrowers to default, served as board president of the Alabama Jump$tart Coalition and conducted housing and mortgage research funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Smith Barney and others.
“No matter how crazy you get, there tends to be at least one or two other people in the world who have that same kind of craziness,” Rauterkus added.
Her main man is a man cave man, though bros may question his allegiance to sanctioned brotocol. Also an economist, Andreas Rauterkus, his UAB economist wife and kids, hole up together in their home’s man cave each weekend.
Says the wife, “For ours, I didn’t want to put a Bearcat claw on one wall, because even though it’s just paint, somebody who is not a Cincinnati fan may go ‘Ugh, I gotta paint and do this and that,’ ”
“Plus, down here, even if you go Alabama or Auburn you have a 50/50 chance of having a team that turns somebody off buying your house,” she said
Team passion is good, Rauterkus says, “but there is a way to do it that doesn’t get you into too much financial trouble.”
Her advice? Don’t take the man out of the cave, just make it a fan cave for all.
First and foremost, Rauterkus says, ‘Don’t go crazy with it.”
• Rule 1: Stay sane with the cost. Only spend what you can afford.
• Rule 2: Stay sane with the decor. Make it generic. You could move. You could be a fair weather fan. Your team preferences could change.
• Rule 3: Stay sane with the decision. Sleep on it, as you should for all major purchases.
“Sports is all about emotion and that is how we get into trouble — when the emotions kick in,” says Rauterkus.
“But when it comes time to write the check or plunk down the plastic, somehow you have to get the emotion out. You have to ask yourself: Is this a smart decision? What are the long-term ramifications?”
Now that’s brolific.