You can guess that whatever the price range is of your home that the pool adds 10% roughly to that. So, a low-end home with a pool might not add much but because our swimming season is so long in comparison to New York, it probably is a negative effect on value to have it removed.
However, normal maintenance costs should not deter you from keeping it, but if major repairs are needed, such as cracks in the gunite or re-doing the pool completely, then the cost to repair and the cost to remove might be comparable.
Having maintained pools and repaired them, I can tell you they're more valuable when operating and in decent condition than an empty space. Some landlords hate them because they worry about the liability and some families shy away from them because of the risk of accidents, but most people love them.
Depends on the condition of the pool, what needs to be done, and at what cost and at what price range your home is in. It's not cheap to fill it in, so you should perhaps weigh that against repairs.
We can help you look at the costs /benefits if you are considering selling your home.
I also can give you a referral to a company who can help you fill it in, if needed.
Keller Williams Realty
Have your realtor come out and give you an idea of what they think, as it depends on many factors. Also think about getting a home inspection before listing you home for sale to show you what needs to be addressed and repaired before showing it to buyers.
Systematic Home Inspections
Well it depends. If the pool is in very poor condition, then yes it might be better to remove it or fill it in.
In most cases in the Dallas/Plano area or Texas in general, I would have to disagree with Nina from New York and the reply from Austin. A pool is generally looked at favorably in this area with our high number of 100+ degree Summer days, and in fact we have found that resale is more affected during hotter Summer months than other times of the year. In the market area and price range, that we serve, we typically see about a $15,000 - $20,000 higher value for similar homes with a pool than those without a pool.
Even if people have kids it is pretty easy to put up a fence that is removable when kids get older, and for additional safety even sensor alarms can be added that go off if something falls into the pool. It will cost a lot of money to getting rid of your pool as well. In some cases it can almost half of what it costs to build a new one.
An additional issue to consider is that because of water shortages caused by both draught and the invasion of the zebra mussels to some of our area lakes, some area cities (including Plano) may find it hard to justify to issuing permits for new pools for existing homes.
A good pool service might be a better solution for you. Timm Kralovetz 972/740-3659
It all depends. Any home with a good pool will add market value to the home. In a subdivision with majority of the homes having pool and there's no community pool you'll probably want to keep it. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Susie Kay, GRI, CHMS, SFR
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The removal of your swimming pool should not negatively affect the sale of a home when it is time to sell.
In fact, most families with young children prefer not to purchase a home with a swimming pool due to fear of a child accidentally drowning because they looked away for a few minutes.
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