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:

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

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

  • The pool is no more than 15 years old.
  • The pool takes up 10% or less of your backyard.
  • Most of your neighbors have pools.
  • The pool equipment is relatively new and energy-efficient.
  • The geographic area gets more than 6 months of warm weather.
  • The pool is completely enclosed by a safety fence.
  • Your 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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