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pro and cons of getting a pool

  • August 12 2012 - Oakdale
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Oakdale is not traditionally an upscale NorCal market, so I would not put in an expensive pool in any case.

If you want to put a pool in for yourself and your family then go ahead, but don't expect any return on the cost of that improvement. It is unlikely you will see too much of it back.
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Chas, I agree, however you and I are coming from the east coast - mid and northern east coast, where pools have more limited use due to our varied seasons.

In the SE......in CA...in the SW........ pools get more year round usage, and thus may be an expectation that many buyers have, much moreseo than in our areas...........so..........one has to take that into consideration.


Bottom line, imo, is.........does the person want a pool?
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People that I know who have pools pay a pool service company to "open" and "close" the pool each year.  Check with a couple of companies in your area to find out the cost of that.  During the pool season, you need to constantly test the water and add chemicals, as well as skim the pool and clean filters. Or you can pay the pool service company to do that. Ask friends who have pools how much it costs them each year for pool service and chemicals, electricity or gas for the heater (if needed) and pump, and water to top off the pool when the water evaporates. And ask them how much time they spend each week maintaining the pool. As for getting back your investment in the pool, in areas where most of the homes have swimming pools, it likely adds some value on resale to have a pool, although probably not 100% of what you will pay. In areas where most of the homes do not have swimming pools (like Northern Virginia, my territory), you could actually devalue your house by putting in a pool, because many prospective buyers don't want the expense of pool maintenance and repairs; the higher homeowner insurance, potential liability, and moral issues associated with the risk of someone drowning in the pool; and the reduced size of the back yard. I'm sure other agents have different opinions that they will post after I click "submit."
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Pros - pools can look pretty and  cool you off in the summer... and you'll have a lot more friends on weekends who want to over come for a swim!
:)

Cons: they can be expensive to install, maintain and run (think electric bills for heating the pool, chemicals, pool servicing , etc)...and when you go to sell, there may be  some buyers (in my area) who won't buy a home with a pool as they don't want the responsiblity.

Do you want a pool?
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