Pool maintenance

Consider pool maintenance before you put the house on the market

  • Signs of neglect on the pool can lead a potential buyer to ask, “What else has been overlooked?” “
  • Almost all swimming pools in the valley have to be redone every seven to 15 years
  • The price of resurfacing starts at $ 5,000 and can reach over $ 20,000 depending on what is done

Whether you are a home buyer or seller, the condition of the backyard pool is important. Especially in Arizona, experts say, because locals spend so much time in and around the pool year-round.

“Whether sellers should resurface a pool when reselling really depends on the level of neglect,” says Monika Sott, broker at Arizona Classic Golf Homes LLC in Phoenix. “Significant signs of disrepair require immediate attention before putting a property on the market. “

Major signs of neglect point to deferred maintenance, which can often send the wrong message to any future buyer, Sott says, and begs the rhetorical question, “What has been drastically overlooked in this property?” “

Good point.

Increase in value

She also says that on average, an inground pool only increases property value by $ 10,000 for most single-family homes.

“I’ve seen appraisals where that number was as low as $ 7,000 for a drop-down size plaster inground pool,” she says. “Whether you spend $ 20,000 for the installation of the pool or $ 50,000, the increase in value is unlikely to exceed $ 10,000, which to this day remains a major misconception among home owners in the area. Phoenix area. “

One caveat, however, is the luxury market where homes cost over a million dollars.

“These homeowners will keep about 100 percent of their investment when building a swimming pool,” Sott said. “Appraisers are more likely to come back with a dollar-for-dollar increase in value for any property over $ 1 million. “

In fact, if a luxury property listed for sale turns out to be one of the few without a pool in the community, the sale will prove difficult, she says.

When it’s time

Dave Reinert, general manager of Shasta Pools’ Phoenix home improvement division, says most home buyers and sellers will know when a pool needs a facelift.

“It’s cosmetic in general, when you notice the surface starting to fade,” he says. “Small cracks will appear in the plaster, deck and tiles. Everything begins to fade and deteriorate.

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Reinert says almost all desert pools need to be redone every seven to 15 years, depending on whether they are stone or plaster and whether the pool has been properly maintained with chemicals and cleaning.

“During the recession, a lot of people delayed updating their pools or did the minimum,” says Reinert. “As long as it works, they push these things away.

“But now we’re seeing a re-engagement and there’s a different appreciation. Home values ​​have returned, credit has improved, and there is more job security. It becomes emotional like the “my home is my castle” mentality.

An other room

Reinert also says that Shasta sees more updates after buying a home and serves customers who want everything from new clay or stone surfaces to new decking, tile and travertine, on the go. by elaborate water games and complete overhauls.

“People do more with the backyard because it’s like another room in the house,” he says. “It’s really an extension of our (outdoor) way of life. “

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The cost of the renovation varies. Pricing starts at around $ 5,000 for minimal plaster resurfacing, and climbs to $ 10,000 to $ 12,000 in the mid-price update with a fresh surface, stone and tile work, and a cool deck. A complete overhaul, maybe even a change in shape and depth, and some water features cost over $ 20,000. New pool pumps and filters should be considered, as modern versions are more efficient and easier to use, says Reinert.

“In states where the swimming season lasts a maximum of two months, a swimming pool is considered an injury and liability to any owner and could in fact reduce the value of properties,” Sott said. “In Arizona, the case is different.

Best US Cities for Swimming Pools

Top 10 medium to large cities in the country with the highest percentage of backyard swimming pools:

Coral Springs, Florida – 66 percent

Scottsdale – 62 percent (BF)

Tempe – 46 percent (BF)

Chandler – 40 percent (BF)

Glendale – 37 percent (BF)

Gilbert – 37 percent (BF)

Clearwater, Florida – 32 percent

Clovis, California – 32 percent

Mesa – 31 percent (BF)

Plano, Texas – 31%

SOURCE: Realtor.com, July 2015