Swimming pools: the instant source for entertainment, relaxation and exercise. They provide a backyard retreat and a tranquil view that is a luxury marker some buyers dream about having. For those buyers who want a pool, houses with them are much easier to sell. Forget the condition of the house– that oasis in the backyard, especially on a hot day kind of sells itself, doesn’t it?
Pools can be more of a hindrance than a help. Not everyone wants a pool. In fact, I would say 70% of people don’t. Pools cost money and time to maintain. In addition, there are safety concerns for people with small children and pets. They can also take up a lot of yard space.
Swimming Pool Tips for both Buyers and Sellers
Swimming Pool Owners
•Maintain and update your pool. Nobody wants to buy a money pit (literally).
•If you can afford switch to saline — do it, it is a selling feature.
•If you own in a subdivision where most homes have a private pool…buyers will be comparing your ‘pool’ appeal.
•Make sure the pool area looks clean, maintained and inviting.
Buying a Home with a pool
•A general inspector will not inspect a pool, but many pool companies do. Have a pool inspection – they can be costly to fix.
•If you want to know how much it costs to maintain a pool including what you will spend on chemicals, electric and water — the answer is — you don’t want a pool! They can be costly, and if you are already watching your budget — a pool is going to blow it.
•Remember, pools limit your potential number of buyers, so they can take longer to sell when the time comes.
As someone who grew up having a pool, I understand the appeal of having one from a lifestyle perspective. My experience is that they are great for moments in time. You will spend more time staring at a pool during your ownership, then you will spend in it. If you have a pool, don’t let it become another 4-letter word make sure it shines because it can make or break a sale.
Pools in Austin
Austin Texas has a variety of options for people who want to enjoy a pool, but don’t want to maintain one. Many planned single family home communities in Austin have pools that are included with HOA fees or may require a nominal additional fee. Condominium communities in Austin often have a private pool as well for residents. An automated home search can be customized to only include properties with community with pools.
There are many public pools in Austin as well. There are 27 neighborhood pools and 6 municipal pools in total. The most well known pool is Barton Springs, located in Zilker Park. Centrally located in the neighborhood of Barton Hills, Barton Springs Pool is spring fed, just over 900 feet long and maintains a consistent temperature of 68 degrees year round.