Pros and Cons of Buying a House With a Pool
There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer’s day in South Louisiana than by taking a nice refreshing dip in the pool. Many people are willing to pay more to buy a home with a swimming pool because of the recreational and aesthetic value it adds to a home. There are, however, some downsides to buying a house with a pool that we advise people to consider before they take the plunge.
Pools Bring Benefits
The pros of pool ownership can be measured in increased property values, with homes in the hot southeast valued at thousands more than those without pools in the same neighborhood. But other values can’t be measured in dollars and cents. Pools are fun and refreshing for kids and adults and are a perfect place to spend time as a family. Pools can improve social life, making the home a neighborhood hotspot for cookouts and parties. A swimming pool is also a great place to get exercise, and in Louisiana, they can be used virtually year round.
Pools Can Be Expensive
Increased property taxes, higher insurance rates, and maintenance costs are all realities for pool owners. Louisiana law treats swimming pools as an attractive nuisance, meaning homeowners have to take steps to prevent children and others from wandering over and falling in. For this reason and the danger of harm to those who are allowed to use the pool, homeowners may need to increase their insurance. Still, an extra $100,000 to $500,000 in coverage can cost as little as $30 more per year—well worth it. Pool upkeep can also be pricey, but only for folks who don’t take care of them properly. By avoiding common mistakes, sticking to a regular maintenance schedule, and hiring experienced professionals to get repairs done right the first time, pool owners can keep costs low.
If a homeowner takes care to avoid the possible pitfalls of owning a pool, they can enjoy all the benefits. Pleasure Pools can help design the pool of your dreams or help you maintain the one you already have. Fill out our convenient contact form for a pool consultation today.