There’s nothing quite like the feel of jumping into a swimming pool on a hot summer day. Many buyers dream of having a refreshing pool in their own back yard to enjoy anytime. However, this amenity is clearly not a top priority for everyone. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, here are some pointers to understand about properties with swimming pools.

As the Buyer

Your primary concern will be pool maintenance. If you’ve never owned a pool before, you’ll want to find out about the work and cost involved. Also, consider how much time you’ll spend in the pool. If you don’t use it enough, it may not be worth the additional effort and expense.

You must also consider resale value if the day comes when you sell this home. If the property you’re looking at is the only one in the neighborhood with a pool, it may not be a big selling point. You’ll need to have it inspected to make sure it functions properly, that the equipment is sound, and that it meets local regulations and code.

In the final analysis, evaluate the fun a pool provides and the extra associated work required to determine if the pool meets your needs. Either way, don’t overlook the presence of a swimming pool in any homes you tour.

As the Seller

You’ll want to convince visitors that they want a pool in the home they buy. To increase the likelihood of a buyer choosing a pool, be sure it is meticulously clean, well-maintained and extremely inviting. Otherwise, buyers may perceive that there is more work and expense than they’d ideally like.

If you live in a community where pools are, at a minimum, desirable, or ideally, standard, your home could sell easily. However, if your neighborhood has many young families or those on a budget, you may find it more difficult to attract buyers. Safety can be major concern for some buyers, especially if they have young children. A second concern surrounds the upkeep and may be enough to deter many who have never owned a pool.

Make sure your pool meets code by providing appropriate fencing or other adequate barriers. Keep it in prime condition and accept that some buyers just won’t see the same value in a pool that you do.

For additional information on buying or selling a home with a pool, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs

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