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What is the average return on a pool?

If you install a moderate size in-ground pool (nice tile, nice decking), what is the average return on investment when selling?  
  • June 17 2011 - US
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It varies depending on location, but if you're planning to live in your house for a long time you can enjoy your pool at the same time. In the long run the entire property will get equity and adding the pool will not be a bad investment. But if you're adding the pool to sell the house in a short period of time... I don't think you'll get your money back.

  • June 30 2011
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My appraiser allowed for $5,000. A far cry from the $25,000 for the pool , patio etc. If you are looking for a return on investment spen the money on the home and update fixtures/Landscaping. A pool is a personal preference. You may find a buyer that has to have a poll. The majority of buyers are looking for must haves such as a garage and bedrooms. 
  • June 29 2011
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You will never get your return back on installing a pool. If you are wanting to install it for your own pleasure and intend to be living in the home for a while, then it is a good idea. As for resale, in a hot summer area, a pool home is an asset and usually sells faster, but you do not get that much more for it.
  • June 17 2011
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It depends on the location.   In some markets it is a slight plus, in most markets it is a negative.  If you want a pool for your enjoyment, do it with that in mind, but not for ROI
  • June 17 2011
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Usually not nearly as much as they cost to install and for some buyers pools are an unwanted liability. It really depends on the house and the area. You can look at this remodeling cost vs value guide here for an estimated return on many different remodels. Hope it helps.
  • June 17 2011
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