Posted on: 17 January 2017
Few things are better than having a swimming pool in your backyard. So, when you decide to look for a new home, the addition of a swimming pool likely made your must-have list. While a great addition, there are some important factors you want to keep in mind both in the short- and long-term when looking for a home with a swimming pool.
Consider the layout of the pool area, especially if you have younger children. Pool designs that don't leave space for a gate, are too close to the home, or have other safety concerns might not be the best option in this instance. You want a pool that you can enjoy, but most importantly, you want a pool that you and your family can safely enjoy.
When having the home inspected, don't forget to have the pool inspected—and not just a visual inspection. To protect yourself, you should also have the inspector check for any leaks and cracks while also inspecting the condition of the diving board, heater, pump, ladder, and any other features. Buying a home with a pool that already has issues can lead to you spending a great deal of money upfront for repairs.
Make certain you're considering the long-term costs that come with maintaining a pool. On average, you can expect to spend around $247 a month to maintain your pool. If your mortgage and utility costs already have you at the top of your budget, you might want to think long and hard as to whether this is the right move for you to make.
If you plan to sell the home at some point, you should also consider resale value. For instance, in some places, such as warmer climates, having a pool is almost a must-have and will surely add value to your home. However, in a cooler climate, where you don't get as much use from the pool, the cost and responsibility of having a pool might seem like more of a hassle, devaluing or not adding value to the home and also lowering the amount of money you earn from the sale.
If you want a home with a pool, go for it. Just make sure you know what you're getting into and that you're taking your time when looking for properties. A realtor can assist you in looking among the homes for sale and finding the home of your dreams with a pool you love.Share