Can a Pool Remodel Add Value to Your Home?

In Pool Remodeling by Swimming Pool Expert

Are you wondering if remodeling your existing pool or adding a pool to your home will increase its near and intermediate resale value? The truth is that it depends on the potential buyer. 

For example, high-end buyers and families with teenagers may have a backyard pool on their must-have list for a new home. 

Before After a Pool Remodel
Before (left); After (right).
By updating the decking, coping, entry, spa and tanning shelf, these owners modernized an aged pool and made this an attractive and desireable feature for a home buyer.

Types of Homebuyers Who Want Swimming Pools

Some homebuyers do put a backyard swimming pool at the top of their must-have list, and if your home is located in an upper middle class or high-end neighborhood, not having a swimming pool or having a pool that is in extreme disrepair may actually put off buyers and result in below-market bids. Potential buyers who may actively be seeking a property with a pool may include:

  • High-end luxury home buyers
  • Homebuyers with teenagers or older children
  • Homeowners in their 40s to 70s who want the pool for low-impact exercise purposes
  • Homeowners who are dedicated to healthy living and may also have a home gym on their must-have list

Types of Buyers Who Do Not Want Swimming Pools

For some buyers, it won’t matter the condition of your existing pool or its layout. These buyers typically don’t want a pool in their backyard due to safety concerns and expensive maintenance. This category may include:

  • Buyers looking for a starter or mid-grade home
  • Homebuyers with very young children
  • Homebuyers with limited budgets who can’t afford the maintenance of a swimming pool
  • Busy families who do not have time to maintain a swimming pool or won’t be home enough to enjoy it.

Understanding the Type of Neighborhood Where a Pool Would Be in High Demand

To determine whether you should perform general maintenance, it’s important to understand the average home price. This may be repairing plaster and leaks and upgrading certain equipment, like the pool heater and pool filter. It could also be needing a large remodel of your existing swimming pool.

Here in Houston, according to the Houston Business Journal, the average price of a home in the metroplex is $302,362. By contrast, luxury homes and mansions in the area often sell for between 1.5 and 4 million dollars. 

If your home has a resale value close to $300,000 you should consider repairing problems to ensure your pool is in good shape.

If your home has a market value that ishigher than the average, it would be best to perform upgrades to your existing pool to ensure it’s eye-catching.

Are you unsure if you should remodel? you can look at the homes that are for sale in your neighborhood to determine if the majority of them have swimming pools and their condition. If the majority have pools, then you’ll want to make sure your swimming pool is at least comparable to the pools that you viewed in the listings.

Reasons to Upgrade or Remodel Your Existing Swimming Pool

The number one reason to remodel an existing pool is to increase its usefulness and visual appeal for your own family as well as enhance your outdoor spaces so that you spend more time in the fresh air. Common signs that your pool needs updating include:

  • Your pool is visibly damaged with cracking plaster and leaks
  • Your pool is extremely outdated or installed more than 20 years ago
  • You’d want to lower the maintenance and utility costs of your existing pool by installing energy-efficient and automatic features, like automatic pool filters and skimmers, and devices that automatically release pool chemicals
  • You want to add safety features, like an automatic pool cover and underwater motion detecting alarms
  • You have to add custom features, like a spa, fountains, tanning deck, and fire features

Remodeling Your Houston Pool with Help From Platinum Pools

Here at Platinum Pools, our pool remodeling team can help you decide the best way to remodel your existing pool so that it meets your needs. We will go over all your pool wants, needs and desires to help develop a pool remodel plan that increases the usefulness, functionality, value and safety of your existing pool while staying within your remodel budget.

To get started with a pool remodel, give us a call today. We can help you turn your current pool into the pool of your dreams.