Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. move every year, with 80 percent of those moves occurring between April and September. If you are one of the millions of people who are moving this season, you will look at homes that already have a swimming pool and some that don’t. You ask if you should buy a new house that already has a swimming pool. The answer is, “It all depends.” Our pool experts at Goodall Pools & Spas have some suggestions of things to consider before making this decision.
1) Will you be using the pool? If you are not a swimmer and do not plan on using the pool, then don’t buy a house that already has a swimming pool. The money you will spend on pool upkeep can be spent in a way that will better meet your needs.
2) Is the pool that is already there the right one for you? It depends on the age of the pool. A lot has changed in pool design in the last few years. Does the size, shape, and depth of the pool meet your needs? Is it a style you like? Pools can be simple rectangles, or flowing, meandering lagoon type pools.
3) Does the current landscaping appeal to you? This is the easiest thing to change. By refurbishing the decking, the landscaping, the furniture, the lighting, even adding a sound system, the pool area can be made to look brand-new. So, if the pool looks good, but you don’t like the surrounding area, at Goodall Pools & Spas, we can help you make your backyard pool area live up to your dreams.
4) What is the current condition of the pool? The answer to this question will determine whether you are making a good buy, or will you be buying a pool that will drain your pocketbook for years to come. Check whether it is leaking. It should not lose more than half an inch of water in 24 hours. Is the liner and coping in good shape? Are there cracks in the concrete around the pool? Do the pool lights properly operate? Is the mechanical equipment, (such as the pump, filter, heater, timer) in good working order?
If you have found what seems to be your ideal house that already has the ideal pool, contact us at Goodall Pools & Spas. We will examine the pool and give you our opinion of whether it is in good shape, needs small repairs, or if you should keep looking.