Should I Get Rid of My Pool?

Should I replace my pool

This is one of the most common questions pool owners ask.

Removing a pool can have many positive effects when it comes time to sell your property, but the bottom line is: It depends.

We’ll outline the various factors of a pool that positively or negatively affect your home’s value.

With that understanding, you’ll be able to make the best decision for you and your property.

should I get rid of my pool?

Factors that may cause a pool to have a negative (or neutral) effect on your home's value:

  • Pool takes up more than 30% of the backyard
  • Pool is more than 30 years old and in need of repair
  • Pool does not have a safety fence around it
  • Pool has a vinyl liner
  • Geographic area has less than three months of warm weather
  • Your pool is the only one in the neighborhood
  • Area is experiencing a drought

Factors that may cause a pool to have a positive effect on your home’s value:

  • Pool is no more than 15 years old
  • Pool takes up 10% or less of your backyard
  • Most of your neighbors have pools
  • Pool equipment is relatively new and energy-efficient
  • Geographic area has more than 6 months of warm weather
  • Pool is completely enclosed by a safety fence
  • Home is considered a luxury home

Learn more: Benefits of Removing a Swimming Pool: Why It's an Option Worth Considering

When pools are more trouble than they’re worth and you should probably remove the pool:

  • You no longer use it.
  • The pool is old and in disrepair.
  • You’d rather use the space for something else.
  • You have young children and it’s a safety risk.
  • You can’t afford the maintenance or don't have the time to keep it up.

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