Where warmer weather prevails, you will find a greater number of buyers who seek pools. Where the pool season is short, fewer buyers will value it, but fewer does not mean all or none.
There are more pools in higher priced homes. A pool takes time to enjoy, time to mainain, and is an added expense. When the costs associated with the pool are less strenous on the household budget, the desire for pools increase. Again, a trend. It still comes down to personal preference.
However, I wouldn't mind a good compromise! Condo associations with enclosed, community pools. There are also quite a few new developments with single family homes and enclosed, community pools. The more amenities the better when it comes to developments where the buyers pay HOA dues.
use, and planned to stay there for a significant amount of time. Here in the (San Francisco) East Bay area I find that my clients are very adamant about either wanting or not wanting a pool. There doesn't seem to be a middle ground with buyers. Those who do not want a pool feel very strongly about it.
Those who do want a pool are willing to go without if they like the house, or are willing to put one in provided there is a spot for it. Therefore, if I had to lean one way or the other, I'd say it is more of a liability
than an asset.
I'm a King County Realtor. For the most part, pools are not considered a positive in W. Washington, especially in the lower price ranges. Our weather is so moderate, by and large, that most Buyers see pools as a liability. On the other hand, a pool may be a benefit in an upscale property. You might consider having a Realtor look at your specific situation to determine the value of a pool on your property.
When our kids were in school we had tons of kids at the house all the time - it was nice because we knew who our kids were hanging out with and we met a lot of parents too. Along that note - you will want to check with your homeowners insuarance for a little extra liability coverage and get the rules for pools in your area as far a fences, gates, locks etc.
Since it's a personal thing - I do think your target market might be smaller when you go to sell, but there are those (like my husband) that always dreamed of having a pool in the back yard!
On the flip side, if someone does not want the extra maintenance required to keep a pool up, then a listing with a pool is quite the turn off and they will not even consider looking at the house. My younger clients generally like pools, the older ones shy away.
I have 2 pools one indoor and one outdoor. Both inground pools. I have a cool little robot I throw in the pool and it vacuums everything up as I am sitting by the pool working on Real Estate stuff and on my tan. I have an infra-red filter connected to my pump that cuts down on chemical use. So it all depends on the buyer. I sold a house last year to a buyer whose kids were active in swimming and it was a must. All depends on your buyer. I would suggest if youâ€™re trying to sell a home with a pool. Find out all the costs it takes to maintain or to upgrade the pool to make it easy to maintain. That way you have all the true costs for having a pool, that you can easily give to a buyer and make sure they donâ€™t accidentally over estimate the true cost.
In all it is determinate of the house style, property value and range etc.
I say, if you want a pool get one...a home is a home because you love living in it and it is of comfort and use to you. If you sell later, it just means you are now marketing to people who like pools.
Investors mostly don't want pools due to higher cost and liability that is not compensated by higher rent.
Having a pool even in a hot climate is a luxury; a pool that is paired with an appropriate house is going to appeal to some higher end buyers, especially someone who has kids, or someone who has enjoyed a pool in the past. Personally, I would buy a house with a pool, but would not make it a search requirement. (My previous house 1990 -2002 had a pool. )
When I am marketing a particular property as a listing agent, it is part of my job to advertise the property to the largest number of the buying public as possible (i.e. appeal to the masses). Inevitiably, some families particularly those with small children will perceive a home with a pool as a liability because of the possible drowning risks associated with owning one. Then, there are the issues with maintenance, chemical costs, repairs and upkeep of a pool. I frequently learn or hear about homeowners who back-fill their pools because of these factors.
I'd say, that if you are considering the addition of a pool and you're planning to stay a while, go for it and enjoy it. Just be prepared that you will likely not realize a dollar-for-dollar return on the investment at the time of future sale and that some home buyers may pass on considering your home for the reasons noted above.
I could see pools being a detriment if they are common.
While I have never seen a survey on this particular question - I would assume the percentage of pro or con would be pretty even. Good luck!
I sell real estate in the high country of Arizona where the climate is much more moderate than Phoenix and other communities that are much warmer. Here, I have had clients who will not ever buy a home with a pool because they feel that they won't use it and the maintenance will ruin them. On the other hand, I have had clients who only want a pool or to know for a fact that they can put one in.
It is truly a preference thing.