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Selling Homes with Pools: By Jennifer Khawam, Editorial and Marketing Associate

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s kids, our dream of the perfect house had to have a few key components: a big backyard, a driveway with a basketball hoop, a pet of some sort (whether that be a dog, cat, or if you were that kid, a snake or an iguana) and, of course, a swimming pool. As adults, we know there’s a lot of work that goes into having any or all of these things in a house – especially swimming pools. From the cost of having it built to maintenance and upkeep, it’s an expensive venture. Not only that, but pools – although fun – can pose life threatening risks to those with children and/or pets in the family. With all of this in mind, we’re here to tell you exactly why it may be difficult to sell a home with a pool, plus some tips and tricks that will make the selling process easier. First, it is important to discuss the cost of pools. According to realtor.com, who spoke with Dan DiClerico from HomeAdvisor, building an in-ground pool can cost anywhere between $35,516 and $65,067. That’s a hefty price, not to mention the cost of upkeep and, according to HouseLogic, a possible increase in insurance costs and annual property taxes. For those who have braved the cost of installing a pool, the results may have been worth it, especially if those specific homeowners were confident in their purchase and accepted the liabilities. When it comes to moving, however, potential buyers may not be so accepting of the liabilities that come with having

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TIPS and TRICKS

a house with a pool, especially if they’ve never had one before. So how do you convince them? According to Opendoor, there are a few things you can do to convince buyers that choosing a home with a pool is a good idea. When it comes to closing the deal, what it really comes down to is aesthetics, maintenance, transparency and safety. Opendoor recommends doing the following when it comes down to the aforementioned categories: 1. Keep the pool and its surrounding areas clean and maintained. This includes any surrounding landscaping. If your pool area is appealing to the eye and is well kept, it will surely be more appealing to potential buyers. 2. Make sure you have paperwork on any and all previous repairs on the pool just in case a potential buyer has questions. 3. Consider improving the safety of the pool by adding, for example, fencing or some sort of barrier. This is especially important for families with children or pets. That’s just a bit of what Opendoor has to say when it comes to selling a home with a pool, but what do REALTOR® members with the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® think? Here are some of their very own tips and tricks for selling a home with a pool:

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GLVR eMagazine Summer 2019  

GLVR eMagazine Summer 2019