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Does a pool add value to a home?

The pool costs quite a bit of money and time to maintain and really needs to be resurfaced. Should I put the $10K into fixing up the pool or use the money to remove the pool and increase the yard size? It is too cold to use the pool anyway and heating it costs over $200/month.
  • October 08 2013 - Live Oak
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It only will ad value for those interested parties who would like a house with a pool.  I have a personal home with an inground pool, and I had multiple prospective buyers who opted against the home because they didnt want the upkeep and liability of owning a pool.
  • October 18 2013
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A pool definitely adds value to a home for resale.   I would fix it, keep it and you don't have to heat it.  :o)   Hope this helps!
  • October 16 2013
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In your situation it is going to cost you 10K in repairs, if you remove it
it could also cost 10K , some places, you just cant fill it in because it
then is considered debris, it must be completely removed, hauled off
then disposed of.
Then you have to pay for fill to reclaim the area.

So as far as a added value for you (with the repair work)  I would say no,
you're just going cancel out on profits.
I would rather see the yard size bigger...that's just my opinion.
I have a 3 yr old and I just do not want that risk plain an simple.
-Joseph-
  • October 16 2013
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A pool is not a direct reflection of value, i.e. if it costs $30k to put in a new pool, it won't add a direct $30k value to the home.  I usually add/subtract $15k when evaluating homes with or w/o pools.

Hope that helps and best of luck to you!  Shayla Twit, Sarasota FL Realtor
  • October 16 2013
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Depending on outdoor area how much area is remain to install pool..Beauty of home is raise by outdoor arrangement like garden,landscape design,little waterfall and pool also add a beauty to your home...
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  • October 15 2013
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Really depends on the location you live how much a pool is desired and time span a pool can be utilized. Most buyers out there with small kids will not even look at homes with pools due to safety issues. I agree to get the cost estimates for your area to redo or fill, and best time to put on market is spring when pool looks great. If your yard is not that big- its an issue. Kansas City Realtor.
  • October 09 2013
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Get an estimate on filling in the pool and let the numbers do the talking.
  • October 09 2013
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In Florida, neighborhoods with community pools don't need private pools. Depending on your ARV and area, I like the idea to offer credit of $5k for buyers to choose what to do. If the pool equipment doesn't work, then I'd say scrap the pool. 
  • October 09 2013
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Clean it up but spend the lease amount possible on the repairs.

When you list it offer to resurface it or leave it as is.  This will give you flexibility to any and all offers.

Make sure when your agent lists your home that your properly communicating your willingness to repair or remove the pool depending on what the buyers are looking for.


  • October 09 2013
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In our area (Santa Cruz), a pool usually adds no value.  For every buyer that wants a home with a pool, there's at least one other buyer who doesn't. Folks around here tend to see pools as costly, dangerous, and often each up precious back yard space that could be better used.  I suggest using the $10K to fill the pool in and increase the yard space.
  • October 09 2013
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Very little. It's either "expected" because every house in the neighborhood has one, or it's a nice perk but no one will attach any significant value to a pool.  
  • October 08 2013
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In Colorado, a pool is definitely not a plus.  You could find out how much it would cost to remove it and to resurface it.  If removing it were a viable option for you, you could advertise your home with both options and let the buyer decide what they'd like.
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It definitely depends on the price point.  I have found that buyers looking under $200K put very little value on owning a home with a pool. 
  • October 08 2013
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If a pool as value depends on the area, some in our area do not see value in a pool due to cost to keep up. But in other areas where its hot all year around they have more value
  • October 08 2013
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The value of a pool is entirely dependent upon the perspective of the potential Buyer.  As you do not know whether improvement or removal will appeal to any particular Buyer, you should likely not pursue either course.

One creative idea might be to allow your agent the flexibility to offer concerned Buyers an incentive ($5,000?) towards EITHER resurfacing OR removal.  This incentive is less expensive than your planned $10,000 expenditure and might be just what the Buyer needs to make the leap to buy your home -- which is obviously the objective.

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  • October 08 2013
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How bad is the condition of the pool? I would recommend leaving it "as is" if you can. If all it needs is resurfaced that is not a major problem and easy to cure. The problem you will have is you don't know if the next owner would have wanted to keep the pool or not. Worst case if you keep the pool is the new owners might ask for a credit for repairs. I doubt they'll ask you to remove it and fill it in. 
If there are major problems like cracks and leaks then consider removing and filling in. That will only be a headache to deal with. 
  • October 08 2013
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Pools are usually a liability, not an asset, at least in a cool coastal location, for the reasons you mention. Also, if you don't have approved barriers for the pool area that is an additional cost you will assume when you sell, due to ordinance. If you can get it removed/filled and re-landscape for the $10k, that is a much better use of your money.
  • October 08 2013
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