When you’re shopping for a new home, some people might say that finding a house with an already-installed pool is a win. It’s easy, and you won’t have to spend the energy and money installing a pool later on.
Others disagree. They would rather make their own decision about installing a pool, buying an above-ground option, or simply keeping their yard free of any water features.
There are both pros and cons that come with purchasing a house that has a pool already installed. Let’s take a look at each of them so that you can make better decisions when shopping for your dream home.
Pro: You Don’t Have to Handle the Install
One advantage of moving into a house with a previously installed pool is the chance to skip installation pains.
The thought of moving into a house that already has a pool, ready for use, is certainly enticing—especially for those of us who have little to no experience dealing with pool contractors.
If you were to install your own pool in the backyard, the process typically consumes over a week of your time—and that’s just the actual construction job. You’ll spend more time deliberating on design details, negotiating prices, and waiting for contractors to get back to you on details. It’s a fairly lengthy ordeal.
Buying a house with a pool means you can skip all of that. No noisy construction, messy labor or complications—just move in and enjoy your pool without the hassle. Keep in mind that prices for installing your own pool can easily be more than $35,000. If you’re looking at homes with pools already installed (that seem to be a good value), it might be a worthwhile buy.
Con: You Don’t Get to Design Exactly What You Want
Now for a con that relates directly to the benefit we just discussed. If you move into a home that already has a pool installed, it’s difficult to change features or redesign anything. There’s no installation process and therefore no creative session.
One thing many people like about installing a pool is the ability to create exactly what they envision. They can customize dozens of aspects, including:
- Depth (typically between 3 to 10 feet)
- Width (8 feet or wider)
- Color (influenced by tiles and other features)
- Shape (square, round, rectangular, natural)
- Stonework (natural, modern or colorful)
- Texture (coarse or smooth sides and floors)
- Water features (fountains, falls, sprinklers, etc.)
Do you already have an idea of what your dream pool would look like?
Finding exactly what you want already installed in a home could be a challenge. You might be better off picking a house that doesn’t have a pool, then bringing your creative vision to life when you’re ready.
Not sure what you really want from your pool’s appearance? We suggest perusing some in-ground pool catalogs or maybe an above-ground pools guide to find the many options that exist.