Here are some things to think about:
1. Is a pool something that your family will enjoy for 5 or more years?
2. Do you plan to stay in your home more than 7 years?
3. If you had to sell your home and the only buyer available DID NOT want a pool, would you pay $10,000-12,000 to have it filled in to make the sale?
If you have answered "yes" to these questions, the pool might be a good investment. When an appraisal is done for lending purposes, the appraiser analyzes how many sales in the neighborhood had pools vs. no pools, to determine the impact on the value. If you are in a spot where most of the homes have in-ground pools, it will help your desirability. If you are one of the only pools for about a mile or so, then it will be something that may have little contributory value, but is also something that enhances your quality of life.
I hope this was helpful to you. All the best,
ReMax Action Realty
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