There are cases when having a pool is a great benefit. When it gets used, the family is getting exercise, and enjoyment, and you can count it as a positive luxury in your life. There are also cases when having a pool gives you a sinking feeling. But, besides moving, what are the options when your pool is no longer a benefit? Removing a backyard swimming pool is not as uncommon as one might think. Every year, many folks make the decision to have their pools removed. The recent economic downturn caused more folks to choose a home without a pool to help keep expenses down. There are also plenty of families that consider a pool a necessity. There are pros and cons on both sides: take the plunge and take it out, or dive in and keep it?
Perhaps the pool has outlived its appeal and usefulness. Maybe the pool was being used a lot when the kids were younger, but now that the kids have gone on to college and are out of the house, the maintenance and expense of having a pool has become a drain.
The pool and equipment are aging, and the costs associated with repairs may be very steep. The costs of having a pool and its equipment repaired may be comparable to having it removed.
Living in an area with more months of swim weather can be a stronger case for keeping or repairing a pool, as there are more days during the year that the pool can be used.
Does having a pool add value to your home, or take it away? There are factors on both sides that should be considered. The percentage can be 2-3% in either direction.
Ways that a pool might have a positive effect on your home’s value:
1. If other homes in your neighborhood have pools
2. If it takes up a small part of the yard (30% or less)
3. If the pool and equipment are less than 15 years old, and have been properly maintained.
4. There is a safety fence around the pool
Things that might cause a pool to have a negative effect on your home’s value:
1. If yours is the only backyard pool in the neighborhood
2. If the pool is older and needs repairs, or has a vinyl liner
3. If the pool takes up a large part (30%+) of the yard
4. If there is not a safety fence around the pool
So how do you decide if you are treading the waters between keeping it and having it removed? Here are a couple of strategies to help with this debate
- Talk with a local Real Estate Agent. (Mona Koussa – 925-831-9615) She can be a wealth of information, and can educate you on pool popularity and statistics for your neighborhood. If you are planning to sell, this can be especially important in determining your home’s value
- Get 3 estimates for repair, and 3 for removal. Look them all over, and see what the difference is (take into consideration the ongoing maintenance time and cost should you decide to repair.)
Once the decision is made, there are a number of reputable companies that can help with either the repair or the removal of your pool. Just knowing you have options keeps you from drowning in doubt and worry. Feel welcome to call or email us today. We are happy to talk things over no matter which end of the pool you are in!