Poolside living: Is it for you?

When it comes to searching for a house, most people have a wishlist of criteria that they’re hoping to find in their new abode. Ideally, buyers want to check off as many of these wishlist items as possible – sometimes a swimming pool may be on the list and sometimes it’s just a nice added bonus! But, while there is a lot to love about having your own private oasis, you should also consider that not every luxury is one without responsibility. Consider the following pros and cons when you’re on the market for a home with a pool. 

Let’s start with the obvious: Pros.

  • You’ll be the life of the (pool) party. If you’re into the idea of socializing and entertaining guests post-pandemic, poolside is one of the best places to invite your friends or family over to hang out on warm, sunny days! Pools can help serve as the main focal point for parties and playdates.
  • Not only is swimming an excellent form of exercise, it’s accessible to people of all ages. Plus, there’s no gym fee. Beyond physical health, pools can be a great source of relaxation, which is great for your mental health, too.

  • Saltwater pools are becoming more common than chlorine pools. They require less maintenance, the chemicals to keep them clean are more affordable and the lower chlorine concentration is better for people’s skin. Older homes often have chlorine pools, but converting them to saltwater is easy. The upfront cost can be somewhat expensive, but its long-term benefits make it a worthwhile investment. 
  • Having a pool in and of itself is no doubt a luxury. And if it’s well designed and properly maintained, the pool can add a whole new level to a space. Not only that but if you’re buying a home in an area where there’s a high demand for pools, like in our sunny city of Sarasota, your home will demand a higher price because it has a swimming pool.

Now, let’s talk about the cons.

  • You need to factor repair expenses into your budget whenever you’re considering buying a home with a pool. Taking care of a pool can be costly. Fixing leaks, replacing aged equipment, and resurfacing can get really expensive really fast.
  • Inspect the unexpected. Most don’t know until it’s too late, but buying a home with a pool is likely to cost you more during a home inspection. Unless you have a qualified inspector, you’ll need to hire a specialist. Consult with a trusted Realtor to find the inspector best suited for your home.
  • Open water can be dangerous. If you have pets or small children, you should consider the safety risks associated with having an accessible pool. 

Swimming pools are typically an asset to a property, especially here in Florida, and can be a selling factor. However, added luxury can also bring added costs. Do you think you’re ready to dive in, or do you want to wait a while before dipping your toes into poolside living? I can help you along the way! Give me a call at 941-225-1500.