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 those 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!