Yes. Some Buyers are not interested in buying a home with a pool. Based upon my experience they call into three "camps". Couples with small children that believe pools are a drowning risk and would rather eliminate all risk. The others are the elderly for which a pool is a physical or financial hardship to maintain, Lastly there is a certain percentage of the population that can afford to maintain a pool &/or could physically maintain it themselves, but for a variety of personal reasons don't really want a pool, so having one is adds complexity or cost without any personal value to them. They also might simply prefer to have less pool and more yard for entertaining or recreational activities like volleyball, gardens, etc...
By the way there are some Buyers that make it a priority to find a home that has a pool or one that can have a pool installed. That's fairly rare but it does happen.
What does that practically mean? I'd say a home with a pool will get 15 to 20% less showings because Buyers already know they do not want one.
So what should you do? Depends upon the cost to repair vs destroy and fill. One would think destroying & filling a pool would be cheap, but it's not. There are county or municipal standards to which filling a pool must conform because of potential safety, health & other issues that arise from jus dumping some fill in a pool and covering it with grass. Costs vary depending upon variables like size of the pool, depth, material, surrounding soil, difficulty or ease of access to the pool area for large earth moving equipment, dump trucks, etc... Therefore, I've seen cost estimates from $7,000 to over $20,000 to fill a pool to required codes. I suspect that's going to be somewhat similar to the cost to repair-refurbish the pool bottom, walls, etc...
If repairing is $15 to $20k less than "filling" it might be advisable to simply repair. But that's a dangerous statement to make having not seen the big picture. It would be FAR better for me to see the property, the lay out and location of pool, the size of the remaining yard, the condition & inherent beauty of the pool, etc....
So let's assume that the cost for one versus the other is within $10,000 of each other. Which way do you go? My instincts tell me that normally it's better to get 20% more Buyers through and have a bigger yard to "sell". However, that again is a dangerous assumption to make having not seen the pool, the yard, etc.... It doesn't cost you a cent to have me come out and assess your specific situation. I am willing to invest the time if you in fact 80-90% likely to sell your home in the next couple years.
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