Why A Pool Doesn't Always Add Value in Northern Virginia

Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker, Momentum Realty

Whenever a Reston, Virginia client with an in-ground pool considers listing their home, they are always surprised when I tell them that the pool generally ends up neither adding nor subtracting from the value--it is a net-neutral.

Especially here in Reston, where all members of the mandatory Reston Association are entitled to go to any one of 15 pools, having your own is not necessarily a plus! There are a wide variety of pool types from kid in a poolthose designed for young children to pools for competition--and everything in between.

Of course, there are always folks who 'just want one.'  There are, however, just as many who say, 'you couldn't pay me to have a pool.'

It might be the upkeep, the responsibility or the hassle that keeps someone from buying a house with a pool, but it can also be a costly proposition, as explained in the August 11, 2010, Wall Street Journal Article, 'Taking a Bath on Your Pool.'

If you are in the group that has always wanted a pool, go ahead and get one. Just be aware that in a market like Reston, Virginia, you should not expect to recoup the costs of installation. And it can make your house more of a challenge to market when you go to sell.

I can help you find properties either with, or without, a pool in the Reston, Virginia and Northern Virginia area. Please let me know how I can help you find your dream home!

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Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

This is a similar train of thought in Maryland. The pool can only be used for about 5 months of the year and there is a lot of maintenance involved. A few of my clients had a lot of damge to their pools thi year because of the snow. It's personal choice.

Aug 12, 2010 11:58 AM #1
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

Swimming pools are definitely an acquired taste or desire.  In my aread I have seen only a dozen homes ever sell with an outdoor pool, and of those homes more than half of them had the pool filled in as a condition of the sale.  Pretty sad, but true.

Aug 12, 2010 03:07 PM #2
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

It is the same here. We have a pool and I told my wife we better enjoy it because it adds no real value

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Aug 18, 2010 04:38 AM #3
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