Buying a House With a Pool: What You Need to Know

Buying a House With a Pool: What You Need to Know

  • 11/18/18
If you’re like many people in Scottsdale, you’re thinking about buying a house with a pool – and for good reason. Your swimming pool will be the perfect place to unwind after a long day at work, entertain family and friends, or cool off during one of our summer scorchers.

But is it the right choice for you, or would you be better off buying a home for sale in a community like DC Ranch, where there’s a community pool?

Buying a House With a Pool: What You Need to Know

Having a swimming pool in your backyard can be a great benefit – but like anything else around the house, there are pros and cons.

Pros of Buying a House With a Pool

  • Everyone wants to come play
  • Pools are great for entertaining
  • You can use your pool as a home gym
  • Kids love splashing while you relax poolside
  • Swimming pools sometimes add to a home’s value (but not always)
Buying a house with a pool – particularly if you have children – might make your home the epicenter of kids’ summertime entertainment. You’ll be able to entertain family and friends, relax poolside and get plenty of vitamin D while you’re out swimming laps.

Owning a house with a pool can also add a lot of value. Just remember, though, that there are people who won’t buy a home with a pool; that means you could be limiting your market if you later decide to sell.

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Cons of Buying a House With a Pool

  • Maintenance is necessary
  • Repairs can be costly
  • Your utility bills will go up
  • Safety can be an issue
  • You may have to carry extra insurance
Swimming pools can get pretty costly to operate. You’ll have to do regular pool maintenance or hire someone to handle it for you. On average, people spend between $150 and $400 a month hiring pool maintainers. Repairs can be expensive, too, and if you’re shutting down your swimming pool for the winter, you’ll need to hire someone or perform the work yourself.

Pool chemicals cost cold, hard cash, too, as does the electricity you’ll use to run the pump, filter, heater and other pool systems.

Safety is a huge consideration when you own a swimming pool. While you’ll most likely be required to maintain fencing around the pool itself, remember that a swimming pool is like a magnet to kids and teens – and there have been plenty of stories floating around about people sneaking in to use the pool while homeowners are away, too. In many cases, you’ll have to buy additional homeowners insurance; pools are inherently dangerous.

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