Homes for Sale with Pool & Spa
Are you looking forward to finding a new home with a swimming pool? We can make a few recommendations that can help you identify and asses a home with pool you may be considering purchasing.
Purchasing a Home with a Swimming Pool
The best way to live anywhere is with a backyard swimming pool! Many homes include swimming pools that have already been installed by a previous owner and are in high demand for the areas & neighborhoods.
There are a few key points to consider and inspect prior to buying a home with a pool & spa. As of 2019 there have been large spikes in the number of new homes built and new swimming pools installed into an already highly popular and demanding housing market.
Home & Pool Inspections
It is highly important that the inspector you hire to perform the home inspection is either qualified to perform the swimming pool inspection or works with a competent & qualified swimming pool inspection company. Potential issues with the pool may not be evident upon a glance by a home inspector, and this is where it is suggested that you work with a pool company that can perform the inspection and add to the home inspectors report before you purchase the house.
Previous home owners may use cosmetic repairs to cover up major issues, and you don’t want to buy into a new home that had all of it’s problems covered up so they could sell it. The same goes for and includes the swimming pool.
Even if your home inspector will include the swimming pool, we have found that most are not as educated on the standard construction methods specifically for swimming pools in Montgomery County, and this is where you can begin to get mixed information. So if you receive an inspection report that includes the pool from a home inspector, we strongly suggest that you get a second opinion assessment from a pool company local to the area.
Now, not all swimming pool companies are the same, and some pool companies may even try to sell you on things you do not need. So we also suggest that you practice discernment when reading the inspection reports from both the home inspector and pool company.
What to look for when buying a home with a pool
Inspecting home with pool
You can get a feel for the home you are considering buying from viewing the property, and there are some very obvious signs of distress that one can see just by taking a look. So, here are a few big things to look for when viewing a potential home purchase (with or without your home inspector)
- Pool and equipment in Working order
- Clean and blue or clear water
- Pool circulates and filters water correctly
- Pool cleaner installed and functions properly
- No obvious leaks on pool equipment, no excessive noise coming from pool equipment
- Think about safety, pool fences, gate latches, self closing gates, etc
- Most pools in Montgomery county must have fences, but not everyone follows this rule
- No major cracking on the pool decking, coping, tiles or otherwise in or around the pool
- No cracks inside the pool shell structure (if there is a visible crack inside of the pool you will want to pass on purchasing that home, it will become nothing but costly problems in the near future)
Additional Factors to look at – Home for Sale with Pool
Appraisal of Home with a Pool
- Appraisal typically adds roughly around 10% of the amount spent on the pool to home appraisal and compares that to the nearest local market values, and will also increase the amount of property taxes. (These are factors that play into the cost of a new home with pool when you are comparing the prices.) – If you are thinking about buying a home without a pool with the intention of installing a new pool, most advisers say to keep the pool budget less than 15% of the value of the home. So if you purchased a $300,000 home you would want to keep the budget for a new pool somewhere around $45,000 or less, anything you spend over that amount will be your own personal preferences and gains.
- If there are many homes with pools in the neighborhood you are more likely to make a sound investment ( you don’t want to be the only home with a pool in the neighborhood because your market price is assessed based on the comp in your neighborhood and partially within the county.
- Looks inviting and fits the property appeal
- Landscaping that is nicely installed
- Elements of privacy
Related questions about homes with pools
Do swimming pools add value to a home?
According to houselogic
In some areas, adding a pool may increase your annual property taxes, but it won’t necessarily add to your home’s selling price. For that reason, try to keep your total building cost between 10% and 15% of what you paid for your house, lest you invest too much in an amenity that won’t pay you back.
Read more info from their article here: https://www.houselogic.com/by-room/yard-patio/what-to-consider-before-building-pool/
Conclusion & Final Thoughts
The art of finding the perfect home is not easy to master, that is why we rely on the expert information from real estate agents. Buying a home with a pool is great because there is no delay in keeping cool after moving into that new home. We want home buyers to be aware of the factors that play an important role in knowing if you are making a sound home purchase decision. We gather information about swimming pools and how it relates to purchasing a home from our own experience in providing pool service but also in our relationship with realtors who hire us to make swimming pool inspections.
As with any big life purchase, a home is something you should take your time to consider all of the details and how well the residence will hold up over time. No swimming pool lasts forever and will always need some type of TLC but you can know a good one when you see it if you know what to look for.
As Dave Ramsey puts it:
“if your heart is set on adding a pool, don’t look at it as an investment in your home, but in your lifestyle.”
We could not agree more, the reason for having a swimming pool is not to resell it, having a swimming pool means having an active and healthy lifestyle where you spend more time outdoors and with your friends and family – there is no price tag for these occasions and memories!
Read more on what Dave has to say about investing in your home & property here: https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/pool-increase-decrease-home-value
If you are driven by money, by all means follow the numbers strictly, but if you enjoy the lifestyle you do not need any other reason to justify owning a swimming pool!