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Selling a House with A Pool

Things to Know if Selling a House with A Pool

Selling a House with A Pool

As a real estate agent in Massachusetts, you’re probably showing all kinds of properties, from historic Victorian homes to modern ranch houses. However, especially with the summer months on the way, if you have a property with a pool on your list, you need to know what you’re in for.

You might think selling a house that comes with a pool is no different from any other property. However, pools add a whole additional list of considerations to take into account. 

In-Ground vs Above-Ground Pools

The first thing you need to know is if the pool is an in-ground or above-ground pool. The names are pretty self-explanatory; an in-ground pool requires a large hole to be dug into the yard, while an above-ground pool is like a big tank built on top of the yard.

Of the two, an in-ground pool is generally preferable, as they’re more aesthetically pleasing. In the right market and climate, a well-maintained in-ground pool can increase the property’s value by 7%. In contrast, above-ground pools rarely add much selling value to the home.

Safety First

If you’re selling a property with a pool, one of the first things you need to check is if the pool is well-maintained and if it follows the appropriate safety codes. Massachusetts has very strict guidelines on pools

An easily noticeable guideline is that you need a fence around either yard or the pool itself with a lockable gate. If the property doesn’t have this, you might have to pay out of pocket to get one installed. If you don’t and choose to sell the house as-is, you should at least inform the buyers that this is an important safety feature they’ll want installed ASAP.

Location and Climate Matter

Pools are especially valuable in states with climates that allow them to be used year-round, like Florida or California. Massachusetts, sadly, is not one of these states, though that doesn’t mean no one wants a pool. The summer months can still get hot in New England, and if the beach isn’t easily accessible, some homeowners might decide a pool is a great alternative.

It’s also important to note if other houses in the neighborhood have pools. If the house you’re selling is in a higher-end neighborhood, and especially if the neighbors have pools, you’ll have an easier time selling a house with a pool than without. 

Pools Can Limit Your Buyer Options

Let’s be honest; pools can be an expensive commitment for a homeowner. According to CostOwl, hiring professional pool cleaners could cost homeowners between $3000-$5000 per year, and even doing it themselves could be over $1000 yearly.

Another thing to factor in with buyers is if they’re a family with small children. Accidental drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 in the United States. Some parents might not want to risk buying a house with a pool. Families with older children might be more interested, as the children will be less at risk. Athletic families or families who enjoy hosting parties may also specifically want a home with a pool already installed.

For some potential buyers, a pool will be a major deterrent. For others, though, it can absolutely seal the deal. It’s all about knowing the ins and outs of pools and finding buyers that will benefit from them.

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