If you are thinking of adding a backyard pool, but are concerned about getting your investment back down the road, the truth is, you should not expect to. Adding a pool does not add value the way doing actual physical improvements to the home does.

However, if you live in a high end neighborhood where there are a lot of homes with pools, not having one may make your home harder to sell. Also, living in a warm climate such as California or Florida, a pool can help the sale of your home.

If you have a small yard, adding a pool may hurt you. Most buyers like having a grassy area for children, pets or gardening. If your pool is older, be sure it is well maintained and consider updating it with a new liner, cover, pump and even converting the pool to salt water, if it chlorine. Buyers with small children may not want a pool for safety concerns but on the other hand, single couples or couples with older children may love the idea of having a pool.

Consider all of the costs associated with a pool before making a decision. Although installing and maintaining a pool can be costly, efficiency has come a long way in recent years. The best time to list a home with a pool is right when pool season begins and the pool has been opened. Home buyers looking for a pool are going to look online at pictures before visiting the home, so be sure your pool and landscaping around it looks its best before you put it on the market.

If you are looking to buy or sell your home, call the professionals, The Peggy Graves Team. We would love to give you our expert opinion on the value of your home, or help you find a home that is perfect for you.