How much does it cost to add a "pool"? Is it less expensive to buy a house that already has one?

Asked by Donna, Torrance, CA Sun May 22, 2011

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Stefan West, Agent, Murrieta, CA
Tue May 24, 2011
It really depends on you and the type of pool you like. For instance, I have sold homes with real basic pools and ones that have exquisite pools. Putting in a pool starts around 20k and moves up from there. I had a client recently that wanted a view house with room for a pool. It was worth the view to put in the pool since that is an aspect of real estate you can't install - a view.

However, I have also had clients see a pool with a built in waterfall and bar with BBQ and literally a swim up bar and they loved the pool so much, they took the house. Putting a pool in like that with a slide and all that would of been 100k+ undertaking.

So it really up to you and your goals. If commute, view, specific community are more important, you can always put on it. But if you can find a great house with a great pool, you usually get a discount because pools do not figure into the value nearly as much as they cost to put in.

Hope that helps! Stefan
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I'm not sure how much this usually costs. I am sure it depends on the type of pool, like you said. Your estimate sounds a bout right though. You will want to get some different businesses to give you an estimate though.
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Tim Page, , 99037
Sun Feb 5, 2012
The cost to install an in-ground swimming pool is $10,000 to $30,000 depending on the size of the pool, etc. In most cases, it will be best to buy a home with a pool already installed, unless the pool is broken or something. then you might be buying someone's problems. To learn when to buy, sell or refinance a swimming pool, go my website below.
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Harold Sharpe, Agent, LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ
Tue May 31, 2011
Hi Donna,
Generally speaking, buying a home with a pool is less expensive way to go.
In addition, when you buy the home with the pool you have it in your loan already.
It may be cash out of pocket to install a pool.
On the other hand.
I enjoy pools.
I have had a few built over time at my homes over the years.
Custom building a pool can go a long way to personal enjoyment of the property.
Pool homes are built in entertainment.
Some pools are basic, and some have fountains, waterfalls, custom controls, heated, solar heated, the list goes on and on.
I would say a big part of it might be do you have a fair amount of money in your bank account to have a pool built after you purchase?
Are you only going to build a basic pool? or go all out?

Harold Sharpe - Broker
So Cal Homes Realty
(951) 821-8211
California Department of Real Estate Broker License # 01312992
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Pp Bb, Agent, Pomona, CA
Tue May 24, 2011
Typically, it is less expensive to buy with one already in. However the location of the home should take top priority. If that means there aren't any homes with pools. then you would be better to buy & have one put in to your specifications.
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James Wehner, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Sun May 22, 2011
Pools can typically range anywhere from $20K to $40K depending on the size or type of pool you are installing.

It may be beneficially in most cases to purchase a home with a pool already in place. In some areas though, pool homes may be a rare find and it may be best to purchase a home w/o a pool and install one to your liking.

Good luck!
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