After COVID, more and more people want to be outside without being surrounded by strangers. This desire in the market increased the value pools add to your home by 69 percent! When you are buying a home with a pool and making this big financial commitment, there are certain things to look for that could save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

1. Age of the Pool

When you are looking at a home with a pool and maybe even contemplating making an offer on the house, it is important that you know what you are in for! Part of deciding whether the pool makes or breaks the house is considering the age of the pool. If the pool is too old, it might not be worth the extra value it adds to the house because you may have to spend more money than you are willing to on pool maintenance, repairs, or replacement.

2. Condition of the Equipment

Also, consider the condition of the pool’s equipment. If the current homeowners pool maintenance equipment is dirty, old, or broken, pool maintenance may not be prioritized in their lives and that may be a hint that there is other problems or complications with the pool.

3. Pool Inspection

Getting a pool inspection is an optional, but beneficial, option if you are buying a home with a pool. The extra expense to get the inspection can help you avoid future problems, repairs and from making a bad purchase in general.

4. Cost to Continue to Maintain the Pool

It’s important to know how to take care of your pool and to know how much it costs before you make the commitment. In Texas, it is about $80-$150 monthly to cover regular maintenance on a pool. However, this cost may vary, and it is important to know whether you are able or want to assume this expense.

5. How much Maintenance and How Many Repairs are Needed?

Maybe the pool needs a new liner, new tile, or new plaster. Maybe there are leaks and cracks! Before buying a house with a pool, you should figure out how much you will need to invest in the pool soon to make it clean and functional.

6. Children and Pet Danger

Pools can pose a threat to children and pets, especially if they do not know how to swim or are not strong swimmers. Accidents do happen, so if you have young children or small pets, it is important to consider the risks and precautionary measures that you can take to prevent accidents from happening.

To save yourself from making an investment you regret, consider all of the factors above and to be extra cautious, hire a professional to come look at the pool. Carefully inspecting the pool so you know what you are in for will save you a lot of stress, time, and money in the long run! But pools can be well worth the financial investment to you and your family, especially lately with the value increase. We hope this has helped you gain a better understanding of what to consider if you’re in the market for a home and are interested in the extra fun amenity! 

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