Homes with Pools: Yay or Nay?
During the warmer days of the year, it can be nice to take a dip in a pool. Many who live in warmer climates have pools built into their backyards while other areas may see a home with a pool less frequently. Pools can be really beneficial depending on the person who owns the home, but what about buyer who come across a home with a pool? Well, there are many things to consider when deciding whether the home is a good choice, but this article will focus on the pros, cons, and what goes into keeping a pool functional.
To start, there are many different types of inground pools and while most function in similar ways, the upkeep and potential for emergency fixes can be very different. If a home with a pool is on the docket for potential buys, it is a good idea to speak with the owner and learn as much of the pool’s history as possible. Some of the more popular types of pools to have on a residential property include concrete pools, fiberglass pools, and vinyl liner pools. Each type is different in a few ways and may require more work- an important thing to consider in purchasing a home with a pool. If taking care of a pool isn’t something that sounds feasible, or if a pool is not something that is likely to be used, it’s probably a good idea to avoid looking at those types of homes. It can be hard in the long run, because looking at the home may lead to a desire to purchase the home.
Though it’s less likely to find a home that has a pool in the lower to mid range price, it’s still possible. More often, they are found in higher end neighborhoods because inground pools can cost anywhere from $30,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many homeowners who install one of these watery marvels do so to boost landscaping and raise the aesthetic of their yard. Pools- especially concrete (gunite)- offer plenty of room for creativity. Fountains, water plants, slides, and other interesting decorations can liven up the pool area and turn it from a blasé structure to the featured attraction. One reason a homeowner may decide to install an inground pool is to raise property values. Though this isn’t always the case, often a well kept pool can be a boost of almost 8 percent of the home value. Colder states may not see as great of an increase, but homes with pools in warmer states may see a pool as an investment as much as a great way to relax and cool down.
For those who like water aerobics and other such exercises, having a pool in the backyard can be a great way to fit in a daily workout. Plus, in the warmer months, it’s a great way to entertain neighbors and friends. Pools can be a fantastic addition to a home, and purchasing a home with a well cared for pool can make the maintenance easier and less frequent. However, pools can have negatives as well.
Resale value in some places can be difficult. Places that have long winters and extreme weather can make a pool seem more like a burden and potential problem than it’s worth. This can mean that buyers who are looking for the perfect place may skip the home with the pool in favor of other homes that don’t have high maintenance pools. Even in states where pools are highly desirable, pools may not be attractive to every buyer. It’s important to keep that in mind when selling, and it’s a good tip for those who don’t mind or would like to buy a home with a pool- these types of properties may not have as any bidders.
One of the best reasons to purchase a pool is if having a pool is in the plans for a future home. Some people are looking to build a pool unless they can buy a home with a pool already installed. Building a pool from nothing can cost a lot of money, so if having a pool is part of the dream home, then it can be better to buy a home with an existing pool. It can save a lot of money in the long run since most homeowners who are selling a home with a pool aren’t going to make back the costs put into building the pool through the sale of the home.
Monthly and even weekly upkeep of a pool should be factored into a decision of whether or not to buy a home with a pool. If it is not a natural pool, then it’s important to realize just how much work, time, and money goes into keeping a pool usable. Chemicals that help with pH balance can get expensive and can cause problems for those with sensitive skin. Checking the water and preparing it to be functional is not a one and done situation- pools require constant upkeep. Plus, it’s important to make sure that the gunite sides and bottom or vinyl linings in the pool don’t fall into disrepair. Structural maintenance for different types of pools can range from every few years to over ten years, but sometimes shifting in the the surrounding ground can cause cracks and leaks that can lead to major trouble if not quickly addressed.
Pool ownership is a big responsibility that can be a great benefit or a situation that isn’t a good fit. It’s important to find out the history of the pool and the estimated costs and times for maintenance prior to buying a home with a pool in order to have a good handle on whether or not the home is the best option. Having a pool can be great fun and an awesome way to get to know neighbors, plus it can be a good way to exercise. Whatever the final decision is, it’s important to know all the facts before buying a home with a pool.