Swimming pools and their effects on property values
Summer is by far one of the most popular seasons and in a rapidly changing economy, you can get two benefits from installing a pool on your property. Not only can you provide your family with fun all summer long, but should you decide to sell your home, your property value can be raised substantially by the addition of a swimming pool. It is important however that you consider what type of pool you are installing, proper maintenance and use of swimming pool chemicals, and what company you use to install your swimming pool.
Pools are a great addition to any home but it is important when you have one installed that it is done correctly, so that it is both durable and aesthetically pleasing. Having a pool is one thing but having a pool that others might want as part of their new property is a completely different one. You should take the time to consider several different companies before you hire someone to install your swimming pool. The lowest price is not necessarily the best option, as these companies often cut corners to save time and maximise their profits. Considering several options is the best way to ensure that you are getting a quality product and quality service.
You should also keep a close eye on the installation process. Though many companies offer the option to come and install pools while you are away from your home, it is important that you take an active part in the placement and installation process to make sure that the pool remains a benefit to your property values as opposed to a detriment. Watch for common mistakes like an uneven bottom, crooked sides, dented areas, and if you are having an in-ground pool installed, erosion of the area around the perimeter of the pool. If you are having a deck or patio installed as well, you should make sure that this is even and that it comes directly to the side of the pool ensuring a snug fit for both aesthetic and structural reasons. If a deck or patio is not properly installed, it is not only unsightly but can also be dangerous to users - not to mention inflicting a real blow on your property's value.
You also need to make sure that after your pool is installed you maintain it properly. Keeping it algae- and leaf-free not only helps appearances, but can also help to extend the life of your filter and keep your liner in good shape. Pool chemicals are a must, but you should be careful about which swimming pool chemicals you use as some can fade or discolor liners, and may cause damage to decks or patios that are around your pool if they are spilled. Making sure that your pool is maintained is not only beneficial to property values, but also the health of your family. If you are using your pool, the best way to ensure that your family stays healthy while using it is if it stays clean. Keeping your pool clean may also require that you invest in winterizing materials, to keep algae growth to a minimum during the winter months when your pool is not in use.
Building a swimming pool on your property can increase the value of that property by a staggering amount - but only if the pool is maintained effectively. Installing a pool which you then allow to become disused or dirty will almost certainly have the opposite effect - potential buyers are likely to run a mile from a mould-encrusted pool installation. If you're thinking of selling your property, make sure that you take care of your swimming pool.
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