In Florida an in-ground pool does add to the resale value of your home, but don't expect to get 100% return on your investment. On average an in-ground pool can increase the value of a residential property from 6 to 10 percent. An in-ground pool in Florida can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 depending on size, whether it is screened in, and the extra amenities. I am not sure what the value of a pool is to a home in your area. You can check with a local Realtor or even a pool company.
Some buyers prefer not to have a pool because of the added expense, maintenance, and safety hazards with children. Pools can consume valuable yard space because in Florida most of the properties are pretty small. Others wouldn't have it any other way. A pool not only adds hours of enjoyment but also can add to the aesthetics of a home if it is set in an attractive setting. On those hot summer days it can also be very inviting and refreshing. It provides a place to unwind and relax as well as a form of exercise.
Another thing to consider is the neighborhood. The value of that pool may depend on what other homes are selling for in the area and whether they have a pool or not. If not very many neighbors have pools, then your value will not increase significantly. Choosing to purchase a home with a pool or whether to add a pool to your home is largely based on individual preference.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Sandals Realty, Punta Gorda, FL - email@example.com