But even though it does not add a dollar amount value, a pool can help your home sell much more quickly when it comes time to put it on the market, again depending on the typical buyer's profile in the area you live in. In Las Vegas it would be a big help. You should really contact an agent you trust in your local market area to find out what kind of value it would have for the specific home you are buying.
But first and foremost, do NOT get a pool unless you will really enjoy it! They do require upkeep and maintenance. I have had a pool in all my homes for the past 25 years and I love it. But if you are not going to use it personally, it is not worth the expense.
You really limit the buyers out there because of the pool. They may love the home however the upkeep tec for the pool is added expense that they may not want or can afford. So if you put it in be prepared to maybe accept less for the ome because of it.
The biggest question to ask yourself... How much will you use a pool? Will your enjoyment be worth the investment?
A personal story: About 2 yrs. ago we built a new home and had a large inground pool installed. The amount the appraiser allowed for the pool was $20,000+ less than the cost. Have we regretted this expense? NO. Can we use the pool year round? No. Using the pool heater we can get about 6 months use of the pool. The pool is one of the best things we have purchased. Our children ask friends over to swim, we get to know their friends, and they are home instead of at others homes.
So... I can not give you a yes or no answer. I hope that this information can help you make a decision.
A pool is not a good investment but it does add value to a home. If you are looking to get into a home, you should buy a home with a pool already in it. Feel free to contact me via my site http://www.equitypath.org if you need help finding a home with such an amenity.
Realtor / Licensed Appraiser
If you enjoy swimming, which don't sound like, you can join local YMCA, Fitness Center ...etc. or you can go to priceline.com to bid 4* hotels that always got very nice pool to use.
When you do not sell your home with a pool you seldom use, even if the value added, you will pay higher property tax, so be very careful!
But, if you enjoy swimming pool party, it is very different. Like my neighbor who got a nice pool and jacuci, and can't believe snowing days they had an outdoor party for that ... but, they only use those for party, one or twice a year...
If you have spared cash in your CD, you may find the rate collapsed from 5% to 2%, and inflation is high, so if you have no where to invest your cash, adding a pool may be a good idea.
We just get a 10,000 sq ft drive way paved because it is now $3.5 per sq ft, but due to the hike of gas price, it could go up to $7 per sq ft, so you know that I "save" money on the driveway, rather than in CD's...