Are you considering purchasing a home with a pool? Homes with pools are primed for backyard barbecues, time with the family and relaxing on a hot summer day. Most real estate listings state, “pool” without many details. In this article, you’ll learn about different types of pools, the advantages of buying a house with a pool, and how a pool could affect your prospective property’s overall value.
Why Buy a House With a Pool?
Having your own backyard oasis is a big change from trekking to the lake, waterpark or public pool. Owning a pool has a list of benefits, including:
- Aesthetics. Coming home after a long day of work should be relaxing. Imagine coming home to your own backyard oasis every day. If you’re someone who fantasizes about floating on the water with the sun beating down on your face and an ice-cold beverage in your hand, a home with a pool will do wonders for your well-being.
- Social benefits. Do you host a lot of barbecues and backyard parties? Having a pool offers entertainment and makes a great conversation piece. Likewise, if you’re a parent who’s worried about your teenage children or who they’re hanging out with, a pool could make your house the neighborhood hotspot.
- Physical health. Swimming is a heart-healthy activity that’s fun too. A swim exercise plan can boost to your cardiovascular system with benefits similar to running without the heavy impact on your knees. Even better, the water makes exercising outside on hot summer days much more bearable.
- Hobbies. Owning a pool opens the door if you’re interested in dipping your toe into a new hobby, like gardening, swimming or water aerobics.
What Type of Pool Should I Look For?
Pools come in different shapes, sizes and materials—each type of pool has its own advantages. Since you’ll be purchasing a house with a pool already installed, you’ll want to understand each type’s durability and maintenance requirements.
Builders construct gunite pools by applying either a plaster based or all-tile based finish onto a rebar shell. The finish provides the water color and waterproofs the shell. Ideally, you should replace a plaster surface every ten years to maintain aesthetic appeal.
Gunite pools can come in many different shapes and sizes—including custom shapes—since they use a rebar mold. They are typically the most expensive type of pool to install compared to other options of similar size, volume and shape.
Fiberglass pools are usually the easiest type of pool to maintain. However, they don’t always have the same custom feel that a gunite pool has. Fiberglass is durable against the elements, and the shell prohibits bacteria growth. Due to their durability, fiberglass pools are more expensive to install, compared to a vinyl or above ground pool, which may be reflected in the house’s asking price.
Vinyl pools are inexpensive to install, so you may be able to purchase a house with a vinyl pool if you have a tighter budget. While vinyl pools are inexpensive to install, they can be expensive to maintain. Keep in mind that if you purchase a house with a vinyl pool, you will need to replace the lining every 5-9 years.
Above-ground pools are an easy-to-maintain alternative to in-ground pools; however, you may not find an above-ground pool to be as aesthetically pleasing. Another advantage of above-ground pools is that they’re easier to move or take out than in-ground pools. If you decide that after you purchase the house you no longer want to take care of a pool, it’s an easier task. Above-ground pools are also a great option for climates with a limited pool season.
What Features Should I Look For?
Pools are more than just a fancy hole in the ground with clean water. Modern pools come with a list of attractive add-on features. Professionally landscaped pools have added rock, waterfall and gardening features to make your backyard feel like a paradise. If you have children and plan on using your backyard pool as an entertainment space, you can look for a waterslide or diving board. Finally, an add-on hot tub can make for the perfect backyard relaxation destination.
How Will a Pool Affect My House’s Value?
You can read countless articles on the ins and outs of how a pool affects your home value. Most often, it comes down to where you live and the type of pool that’s installed. Similarly, it depends on what prospective homebuyers are looking for in your area. Are pools common in the area or is your prospective house one-of-a-kind in the neighborhood?
In states like Florida or Hawaii where pools are common, houses need a pool to compete in the market. On the other hand, pools have little to no effect on housing prices in northern states like Minnesota or North Dakota, since the swimming season is limited. Some homebuyers are turned off by the thought of higher insurance rates and maintenance fees. If pools aren’t common in your area, the house may be difficult to sell in the future.
Considering Buying a House With a Pool?
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