Does a pool add value to your home? We will find out today

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Does a pool add value to your home?   We will find out today!

With the temperatures expected to reach 92 or more today the house hunt for sure will turn steamy!   

These folks don't have a strong preference either way, but I can't help wonder as I get ready to head out the door, will the couple of homes that have pools be more attractive to this family than those that don't?Does a pool add value to your home

I can honestly say with the many buyers that I have helped in their home search over the years that most seem to like the idea of having a pool.  That flies in the face of all that we have believed over the past couple of decades.   Is it that folks are "stay-cationing" more, or is it that, in our efforts to constantly upgrade the curb appeal of our homes, the pool becomes a beautiful accessory?    

What I can say for sure is that, in several of my recent sales the buyers, in part, choose the property because the pool and the thoughts of out door entertaining was very appealing.    The debate goes on and on.    Some will say that a pool adds no value, others will say that it detracts from a property.    My personal opinion is that it does add value if the pool is in good condition, safe, and has attractive fencing and apron.   

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Carol Ann Palmieri

About the Author

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Their mission....  To exceed your expectations!



Comments (19)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Carol Ann.... most people love pools.... people are vacationing less... and pools are an attractive piece to add to the property.... kids learn to swim at an early age...mine were swimming at 2....we always had an inground pool....not to mention the nice tan all the mothers in the neighborhood would get!!!!

Jul 14, 2013 09:29 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Does a pool add value? My guess is if it is 90 and sunny when you show the house, yes. On a cold winter day, maybe not so!

Jul 14, 2013 09:33 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Carol-Ann. I guess the answer is: it depends. If you live in a perpetually hot area, it would make a difference. Keep us posted.

Jul 14, 2013 10:14 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Carol Ann, it's all in the preferences, as a pool can add value and comfort, but someone must be willing to do the maintenance as well.

Jul 14, 2013 11:05 PM
Donnie McKinney
Purchase Realty Group - Paducah, KY
Donnie McKinney CCIM, Purchase Realty Group

For a family with kids of the right age range, a pool is a great investment. You always know where your kids are, as well as all their friends ;) They are a constant source of work, though. It's an art keeping a pool clear and sparkly.

We didn't open our pool one year. I proclaimed that I wasn't opening it until our son and his friends committed to help with the maintenance. No one ever committed!

Jul 14, 2013 11:35 PM
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

The problem arises when sellers thing that because they "invested" 45k in a pool, there home is now worth 60k more.

Jul 15, 2013 12:08 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Carol Ann: It does make a difference here in middle GA, especially for consumers who are actively looking for a home with a pool.

Jul 15, 2013 12:53 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

We don't have pools out here in Seattle much.....puddles of rain yes but pools not so much.  If I were moving to a place with the right weather, it would make all the difference in the world!

Jul 15, 2013 02:46 AM
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Carol Ann...Overall it's probably neither a plus or a minus.  I've had clients who do not want pools and others who are looking for them - and some who don't care one way or the other.  i think they're more of a plus, as you say, if they are in good condition & look welcoming.  They're more of a plus in the summer than in the winter, that's for sure.  A day like today....very attractive to have a pool!!  We have one - didn't plan on buying a house with one though but we sure do enjoy it!

Jul 15, 2013 03:42 AM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Carol Ann, Hope you had a great real estate day.  Pools always added to the vaoue in NJ and also here in Naples.

Jul 15, 2013 11:03 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Barbara.  It was a hot one.   Sure wish I had my feet dangling in some cool pool.   Thanks for checking in!



Hi Gary.  Makes sense to me!   Thanks for weighing in.  



Hi Sheila.   So hot yesterday, no one wanted to get out of the car!     Thanks for stopping in.



Jul 15, 2013 11:24 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Ed.   Very true.   It does take some maintenance.    Hope you are well.   


Hi Donnie.   Kids.  You have to love them!    Thanks.


Hi Doug.   Oh boy, you are right about that!     Guess that transcends the state lines.  :)


Hi Anita.   I have followed some of your homes with pools blog posts.    Great idea to help those looking.  Thanks!



Jul 15, 2013 11:27 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Kerrie.   Some question whether we have the right weather here.  After this past week, many are not questioning.  :)   Thanks!  


Hi Christine.    Your thoughts seem to go along the lines of mine.   I am coming over!!


Hi Christine.   I'll bet most have a pool in Naples.    Paradise!   :)  

Jul 15, 2013 11:30 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Carol Ann, did you make it down to the Art festival?  It was too hot for me except I did get caught in the cloud burst Saturday & headed out of there...I'm wondering what pools will bring on your buying spree today?

Jul 16, 2013 12:31 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Ginny.  Those poor artists.   It was way too hot.   Do you think it was successful?    

Jul 16, 2013 08:40 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Cal, 

I agree with your comments abou a pool. many times here in Katy we find many buyers will first go for homes with a pool. 

I will suggest.. 

Jul 16, 2013 09:10 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Thanks Bob.  I am sure in Katy TX more people are looking for that pool.   I appreciate the s.

Jul 16, 2013 10:37 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Carol Ann,

In Austin pools are a plus and I'm seeing more and more buyers requesting a pool. It's hot here and from April to often December you can use your pool. Outdoor kitchens and bars are also a plus. Great entertaining areas for 3/4 quarters of the year make it a huge bonus when purchasing a home in TX.

Jul 16, 2013 09:03 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Dorie.  We don't see the outdoor kitchens much, but wouldn't that be cool.    I really feel that many love the idea of a pool especially if heated and the season can be extended.  

Jul 16, 2013 09:30 PM