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.
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.
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.