How to Dive into a Swimming Pool Addition

     If you are considering adding a swimming pool to your property, you should remember what all it entails. it will add value and enhance your lifestyle, but it will also cost you to keep it looking refreshing, and some extra effort when you decide to sell your home.

     Homebuyers love and hate swimming pools, and the same thing goes for sellers. The pros and cons are many. Swimming pools can be a family oasis during the pool season or a mosquito breeding swamp during the off season. Pools can be a training arena and good work outs for athletes, but can also put little children in danger. Pools will cost you tens of thousands of dollars, and because buyers two way relationship with pools, don't expect to get the maximum return on your investment, especially in areas with harsh winters. If you are thinking about adding a swimming pool, take as much time thinking and planning about it as the contractor will take to build it.

Value Factors

     When talking value, get the opinion of a professional appraiser as to how much value a pool can add to your home. it can be a toss up. If a neighborhood with many pools, adding one can put your home next to the value level of those homes, but in a neighborhood without many pools, adding one can decrease your value because less buyers are interested.

     The neighborhood also comes into play with the value scale. If your neighborhood has excellent schools, few swimming pools, low crime, and is a popular one for new comers, then a pool will surely enchance your value. It's best to talk to a real estate agent familiar with your neighborhood to determine how homes with pools sell. Also talk with home owners with big and large pools to see how they affect value and salability.

     Anyone considering installing a pool needs to consider Design Factors. This means once you've reached the point where the blueprint is finsihed, you've handled all the permits, the costs will start to stack up.

Pull out the hoses- Use a connection of garded hoses to outline your pool and see the space lost. The hoses allow you to see which shapes and sizes are possible for your pool. Leave each design in place for a few days to see how it would look and feel.

Engage the neighbors- While talking to your neighbors about pool values, especially those who put one in after they've moved in, ask them to share their pool experience. Ask about their likes and dislikes, what they would change, how long and disruptive it was to install a pool, and lastly, unexpected costs. You'll also want to inform nearby neighbors that construction will be happening in your back yard.

Start a scrapbook- Start a scrapbook of images of pools from magazines, showrooms, online, etc. Collect pool images that you find appealing so you can get a sense of what kind of pool will fit your likes best. After awhile you'll find a common thread of in the type of pools you desire.

Make a wish list- Go overboard and don't consider costs. From your images make a list of all the features, designs you want that would create your dream pool. Then budget what you can really afford and whittle down the list to what will actually fit in the given space.

     Both the value and pre-work design will help quickly get your pool off the drawing boards and into your back yard.

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