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mspbuyer, Renter in Minneapolis, MN

House with a swimming Pool in the own backyard - What are the Pros and Cons of that ? We are looking at a property at Plymouth MN.

Asked by mspbuyer, Minneapolis, MN Tue Mar 27, 2012

We are also first time home buyers, without much knowledge on regular house maintenance anyway...so I would like to know the Pros and Cons of having a swimming pool in the backyard

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Brad Anderson’s answer
I have owned 2 homes with swimming pools for over 18 years. They do not increase the value of the house, and you will lose some buyers. If you use the pool, it is a great deal. They can be expensive, the chemicals should run about $500-$750 a year, heating $250-$400, electricity $150-$300. If anything breaks that can cost a lot. We enjoyed the 2 pools we had, but moved, and no longer have one. I am happy not having one, but when my children were young, it was a great thing.
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Thanks Brad ! very helpful
Flag Tue Mar 27, 2012
Hi MSPbuyer,

Swimming pools are fun, but here in Minnesota the months we are able to use them are limited. You will have maintenance costs associated with a pool, and most likely your home owners insurance will be higher due to the liability of owning a pool, especially if it has a diving board. Many insurance companies no longer allow owners to own diving boards.

So the pros would be the fun factor, and being able to swim anytime you like in your own private yard. The cons are the maintanence costs of keeping it clean and clear, insurance, and limited use.

Also, pools are not really giving a real value when it comes to total value of a home. You might only get 10% value of the pool itself. They might be nice to have, but they don't increase the value of a home.

Hope this helps!

Jennifer Kirby - Broker
Kirby Fine Homes
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Thanks Jennifer a lot for your valuable insight
Flag Tue Mar 27, 2012
We agree with just about most of these answers! One thing we'd like to stress about one of these comments is the mention of insurance. A pool can be more a liability and increase your insurance rate by a lot. Since Minnesota summers are shorter than our winter, think of the future and know that many potential buyers might not like having a pool, which for them could just be lost land. Either way, good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 30, 2014
I think that having a pool would be a great option, especially if you have kids. It can be great for parties and for them to play in during the summer. My neighbors have a pool and their kids always have a great time. We are thinking about getting a pool put in, but we want it to look nice, maybe with some rock around it so that it looks nicer than just a regular pool! http://www.reliantpools.com/round-rock-pool-builder/
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Well, you realize we're giving you our opinions of how we think swimming pools are received here in MN. They are not widely appreciated here as they might be in another climate, needless to say. Many, if not MOST buyers do not appreciate having a pool. So, that said, if YOU want a pool, great, use it, have fun! It's great for parties, kids, etc. There is a degree of liability that goes along with it, which may cause you to incur higher insurance costs. i would check on that.

When you go to sell, unless the pool is pristine and really attractive looking to the buyer for that house, it will most likely be a detriment rather than an asset. I would consider getting rid of it before you go to sell, depending on what's happening in the market at that time.

This information is, of course, based on our experiences with home buyers. After doing this for 18 years, you get a feel for what people do and don't want!!! :D

good luck~
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 3, 2012
Susan, really appreciate that. This week We were looking at a property whose immediate neighbor has a huge pool just next to this property - what does your experience tell you of having such a neighbor - We are not at all into pools and parties, and we have a 4 yr old daughter - any word of general wisdom for us ?
Flag Tue Apr 3, 2012
Hi MSP Buyer!

You have good answers from both Brad and Jennifer but one thing that I didn't see mentioned is whether the pool is above ground or in-ground. If the pool is above ground, it is much easier to remove if you decide pool maintenance is not for you. Also some brands, like Doughboy are easy to relocate and will have a secondary market value. In ground pools really change the landscape of the backyard. If you decide you hate having a pool, filling it in can be expensive.

We personally were fortunate to have in-laws with a pool for hot summer days. When temperatures rise in the summer, you will have lots of friends want to visit.. It's up to you to decide whether that is a positive or negative.

Just a few more things to consider...Good luck with your decision.
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