You might have found the perfect house for you and your family that's within your price range, but there's one slight problem--it has a swimming pool. You might not have been planning on purchasing a house with a swimming pool or ever installing one so you don't know a ton about how much the pool is going to cost in the long run to maintain or even to remove, should you decide it's too much work to maintain. Here are some factors that you should consider before making a decision on a house with a swimming pool about which you are ambivalent.
1. There are Added Fees for Maintenance
There are several different fees that you need to take into consideration if you are planning on purchasing the house with the pool and not keeping it permanently covered. The first is that it significantly adds to your electricity bills for you to heat the pool and filter the pool. You can call the electric company that has been servicing the house for a month by month estimate of how much money the previous owner of the home spent on the pool, as well as what the average is for your area.
You then need to look at the maintenance fees. If you decide to hire a company to clean your pool on a weekly basis, it is going to cost you several hundred dollars a month. to have it cleaned, depending on where you live. If you decide to do it yourself, you're still going to need to ask the people who currently own the house how much money they spent on supplies.
Finally, you will need to assume that you will be putting aside a sizable chunk of money once or twice every few years for pool repairs.
2. Your Home's Value Will Be More
The house that you purchase will be worth more because of the pool. This is critical if you are planning on selling it soon in order to turn a profit on the house after making some repairs. This could help you recoup some of your investment in the pool should you decide to keep it.
3. It Will Be Costly to Remove the Pool
Finally, if you decide that you love the house but hate the pool, keep in mind that it is going to cost thousands of dollars for you to remove the pool, get the permits from the city to remove the pool, and to deal with potential problems such as poorly compacted dirt.
Make sure that you factor all of these things into your budget when deciding on buying a house with a pool. For more information about finding houses for sale, contact a real estate agent in your area.