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Syl, Home Owner in 07748

16x32 Inground Swimming Pool - Keep it or fill it in

Asked by Syl, 07748 Mon Sep 10, 2012

House came with pool back in 1970. Lately seems to be more work than fun. Also it needs new liner and possibly other repairs. We probably won't move for several years. Considering to fill it in but what would be the difference in selling price, pool vs no pool?

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Keep the Pool!

In ground pool value to install - $35,000 to $85,000 depending upon what is involved.. cost to fill is going to be about $6000 - $7000. A new liner should cost about $2500-$3000 to replace. It will be well worth the money when it comes time to sell.

Pools add value to the home, those who say different do not own one or understand. Most people would love to have an in ground pool. 60-70% of buyers would take a home with a pool in a minute. A pool changes the living environment for the kids and entertaining family and guests.

People that do not have a pool think there is a lot of maintenance involved when there is not. Like anything else there is a little work, but once you figure out your schedule of what to do… piece of cake. The electric bill is not that much. Chemicals for the season, could be $300.

I own an in ground pool myself and would not buy a home without one! Most buyers would like one, a lot of buyers want one!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 10, 2012
Six of one, half dozen of the other. If your buyers are single, pool is great. If buyers have children under the age of 5, not so good, if buyers have children teenage, pool is great. So you see that the buyer pool varies based on determinants. Keep in mind that most home improvements only net approximately 60% return on investment. A pool may or may not help the sale. Personally, I would weigh the amount of discretionary cash on hand in order to determine if keeping the pool is wise.

Francesca Patrizio, ePro, SRES
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 10, 2012
just saw a few homes with in ground pools sell for a lot more than other similar homes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 3, 2012
Still some buyer that want a pool will pay more for it.
If you will use keep it. If you are not using it fill it in.
If you are selling it. you can offer to fill it in if the do not want it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 10, 2012
Homes with swimming pools generally tend to turn buyers away rather than invite them. Many people feel the way you do. It's a lot of work and it's a substantial electrical expense (unless you have solar panels). Most buyers prefer a nicely landscaped yard. If you are not enjoying the use of the pool and it has become a liability, I'd weigh in on the "fill it" option.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 10, 2012
Many home buyers today look at pools as a negative as they are concerned about the liability as well as the maintenance. I'd say fill it unless in your area pools are considered to be relatively standard
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 10, 2012
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