Agent Lisa: Thoughts on pool ownership
by Real Estate Sales Representative Lisa Sly
Nothing beats jumping into a nice cool swimming pool on a hot summer day. And a lot of folks dream of the world of pool ownership! But there are some things to consider when your home has a pool. Take a look!
– Close your pool with a professional so you can provide a receipt to your buyers. This will give them reassurance that everything was shut off and put away properly for the season.
– Add some flair to your pool like fancy floating lights! This will “awe” potential buyers when showing the house.
– This may seem obvious, but make sure it is clean! If the pool is open, vacuum the pool and scoop out any leaves or debris. If the pool is closed, clean off the cover as best as you can so your buyers get the impression that it’s well taken care of.
– If you’re considering putting in a swimming pool, remember that they don’t always add value to your home. So don’t put in an $80,000 dream oasis if you’re planning on moving soon. Instead, maybe try an above-ground pool with a deck around it that future owners can remove if they decide to. It would be awful to hear that your expensive inground pool was filled in by the new owners!
– Don’t be discouraged to hear that some buyers simply don’t want a swimming pool. It can sometimes deter people from considering your home! The right buyers that appreciate your pool will be along soon enough.
– If you’re buying a home with an existing pool, it’s very important to include a condition on your purchase that the pool is in good working order, especially if you’re buying it in the winter. You can actually have the warranty surpass your closing date and last until you’re ready to open the pool next summer. The last thing you want is to buy a home and find out months later that the pool is busted, but you have no recourse with the sellers.
– If you feel inclined, perhaps set up a meeting with the sellers where they can show you the ins & outs of the pool and its maintenance, especially if you’re new to pool ownership.
– Have a professional open the pool for the first time, to ensure everything is working properly. Ask them to show you the process and perhaps consider opening and closing the pool yourself in the future! And get familiar with local pool stores – it’s good to have someone at the ready you can ask for advice from.
– Last but not least, get your suit on and slather on the sunscreen because you’re going to be sitting poolside this summer! Have fun!
For more information regarding Brantford and Brant County’s Real Estate market, please contact one of our realtors. We would love to be apart of your next real estate transaction, whether you’re looking to buy or sell!