Think Twice Before Renovating to Add a Swimming Pool

renovating to add a swimming pool

Nationally, it may seem like an odd time to be discussing the semantics of buying a home with a pool or renovating your current home to add one. In opposition, Texans who have lived in the state for many years know that a private pool can be the exact remedy to beat the heat of our extra long warmer seasons.

As temperatures soar under the Texas sun, homeowners without private pools were relieved that public swimming spots were back in business. During the prior summer of 2020, many families had minimal options on where they could cool off safely while minimizing contact with other families and children. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for this inconvenience.

When temperatures reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Houston area, it is easy to ignore the cons of renovating to add a pool or buying a home with one in tact. However, there is plenty to consider before renovating your own back yard.

Renovating to Boost Your Home’s Resale Value

Living in a warm climate like the greater Houston area means that a pool is a more sought after amenity on the property buyer’s market. In most higher end neighborhoods, private pools are a common sight during the hot summer months. 

According to the Houston Chronicle, a pool can add about $36,000 to a home’s resale value when the time comes. While $16 more value per square foot might sound incredibly enticing, the road to getting there might be paved with expenses and concerns you may not have thought of yet. 

Homeowners also have to consider factors like the pool going out of style when predicting the future resale value. The pool also has to be properly maintained through the years. Other concerns would be the age of the pool when you plan to sell the home

Considering Pool Safety

While it may be enticing to imagine putting in a pool during a hot July day in Houston, Texas, there may be a few huge reasons to avoid it if you have children. Unfortunately, many people know that the leading cause of accidental death in children is drowning. Most typically, these tragedies happen in the type of backyard pool that many choose for their homes. 

Modern technology has provided many ways to keep children safe at a home with a pool. It is important for homeowners to prepare for those circumstances and take the proper precautions. To prepare yourself and your children for getting a new pool, poolsafely.gov recommends: 

  1. Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
  2. Teach children how to swim.
  3. Teach children to stay away from drains.
  4. Ensure all pools and spas in your backyard have compliant drain covers.
  5. Install proper pool barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool.
  6. Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.

The Cost of Installing a Pool

American homeowners can expect to spend between $28,000 and $55,000 on renovating to add an inground pool. After installation, the proper maintenance of the pool is necessary to protect the investment. Keep in mind the budget for annual upkeep and other miscellaneous expenses that will occur. Homeowners expect to spend about$1,200 and $1,800 per year on general maintenance for their pool.