Should You Buy a Home With A Swimming Pool?
For many families, having a swimming pool is the ultimate luxury. As you tour homes, you may be tempted by the allure of a swimming pool sparkling in the sun. Think of all the fun that you can have with your family and friends. But before you go off the deep end, here are a few things to consider.
On the plus side, swimming pools are an important part of the outdoor living trend. Swimming pools are beautiful and they promote fitness, relaxation and time with loved ones. If you enjoy swimming and enjoy spending time outdoors at home, and you’re ready to teach your children how to swim and all about water safety and safeguard the pool area when you’re not around, a pool could just clinch the deal.
On the down side, pools can be expensive to repair, they increase your insurance liability, and they have to be maintained. In some areas, you may have compliance requirements, such as installing a not-so-attractive child-proof fence around the pool.
Only you can determine how much you’ll use and enjoy having a pool. But if you’re wondering whether or not a pool is worth what you’re paying for as an amenity, or if you’re better off swimming at the health club, YMCA or country club, consider the following:
Are pools desirable in your area? Ask your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional to advise you if the pool is an asset or not to the home you want.
Do you have a long enough or hot enough season that the swimming pool will be an asset when you’re ready to sell your home someday?
Does the pool complement the home? Is it well-designed? Or does it use space you need for other purposes such as a playyard?
Does the pool appear well-maintained? Are there any visible cracks, broken tiles, or rusted equipment that would mean large expenses for you later?
Are there other outdoor features that augment the pool area, such as a cabana, barbeque or outdoor kitchen? This lets you know if a pool was built with the home or was an add-on.
Where will people change their clothes and use the restroom? Will they be tracking wet footprints through the house?
Is the maintenance shed convenient? Or is unsightly pool equipment in full or partial view?
How old are the mechanical components? Do they need to be replaced? Have the tile surround and concrete walkways been updated or will they need to be in the next couple of years?
Who will maintain the pool? Maintenance can be turned over to a pool service if you wish and can afford it. But you’ll need to monitor the water frequently for chlorine levels, skim off leaves and debris, and make sure the filters are working. Are you willing or are your teenagers willing to take on that extra job?
Before you buy a home with a pool, ask the seller for any maintenance and repair records they might have for the pool. Make sure to include the pool in the home inspection. Obtain recent prices from local pool companies on similar pools and see if you’re overpaying for the seller’s pool, especially if it needs updating. Most pool companies are happy to oblige in order to get the maintenance, repair, or redesign business from the new owner.