Finally, the sun is out and it is time to get out and enjoy your pool. To the joy of every child you know and most of the adults, your Houston area home has a swimming pool! Whether you just bought the property or have recently installed a pool yourself, this is a feature that’s not only a pleasure to look at, but also a true centerpiece for entertaining throughout the hot summer months.
However, that pool carries a few drawbacks, as well. You should consider either when it comes to writing an offer or selling a home with a pool
Pro 1: A Pool Can Enhance the Marketability of Your Houston Home For Sale. In today’s super-competitive housing market, it’s good to stand out from the crowd. Whether you add your property to the Houston home listings next week or plan to do so in the future, a pool will boost its overall marketability. Many summer home buyers are only looking for homes with pools in certain upper end neighborhoods.
Pro 2: You Will Enjoy Your Pool While You Live in the Home. We’ve all had the blissful summer afternoon experience – floating around, colorful beverage of choice in hand. The truth is, you will enjoy your pool: friends will come over, you’ll host great BBQs, you’ll look forward to unwinding after difficult workdays. It gives you the opportunity to lounge by the pool, while your children swim for that all important family time. It’s hard to put a price on any of that. Buyers influenced by the summer heat will have the same vision of entertaining and relaxing with friends and family. And the extra attention drawn by Houston home listings that mention a pool is unquestionable.
Con 1: Not all buyers want a pool. While some home buyers may avoid home listings with pools because of their small children, dogs, and generalized safety concerns, others may shy away from extra maintenance issues, both real and imagined.
Con 2: If you decide to add a custom pool to an existing home, you can expect to lose at least 50% of the cost upon resale. Sellers rarely recover the full cost of the pool when reselling their home. If you do not plan on staying in a home for an extended period of time, it is a far better plan to purchase an existing home with a pool and let that seller take the loss on the pool cost.
The truth is that pros and cons accompany all Houston home listings. Every household is unique –the balance between challenges and rewards is what makes it so. If you’re having that “colorful-beverage-in-hand” vision and relish the idea of making it a reality, I’m always happy to show you the home listings that best fit your specifications. Contact Kevan Pewitt and the Houston Prime Realty team for help in finding a home with a pool for sale or in selling your current home with a pool.