The reality is more likely to be weekend chemical treatments, higher utility bills and non-stop skimming of leaves and other creepy-crawlies which land in the pool.
While there are plenty of people out there who want a pool, there are just as many who don’t. So, does a house with a pool add value or is it more likely to be a money pit which may affect the price of the house when you go to sell? Are you better off getting the kids a slip and slide, or spend the money on constructing and maintaining it?
Sydney real estate agent Steve Bock, from Ray White Manly, says typically pools don’t add value to a home.
“We find that people who love pools, love them and people who don’t – don’t,” he said.
“When you are going to sell, it can limit the segment of the market you are trying to appeal to.”
And in neighbourhoods where a pool is de rigeur?
“Quite a few of my clients who have houses without pools, have gotten a DA (Development Application) for the pool so a potential buyer can build one without having to go through the hassle of dealing with Council.”
Five things to consider when buying a house with a pool
- How old is the pool? If it’s more than 10 years old, you may be up for repairs in the years ahead.
- How much time are you willing to spend on a pool? It can take many hours each week testing the water, skimming leaves and cleaning the pool. A pool service can be costly.
- Can you afford it? If you plan to stay where you are for a few years, or you have an older pool you will probably have to spend thousands resurfacing and buying new parts.
- How much will you use it? If you only take the occasional dip, a community pool or the beach might be a better option.
- How many other pools are in your neighbourhood? If you’re the only one in your street, there might not be a demand for them.