We Can Put A Swimming Pool Here!

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We Can Put A Swimming Pool Here!

Wait!  If you see your client loving the home you are showing them and hear "we can build the swimming pool right here!" It is time to step in and explain about Easements.


If your clients have the intention on constructing a pool be sure to let them know that you will have to check for any easements crossing the property which may negate their desire to build anything in that section of the yard.


I once showed a lovely new construction to a couple who wanted to construct a pool in the very small back yard. This property had a large easement running through the back end of the property. Any sized pool would have been too large and encompass the easement. Had they told me they had intentions of building a pool I would have never showed them that property. 


Your local municipality can show you if they have any utility easements and if there is a telephone box in the back corner that is a sure sign that there is an easement somewhere on that property. You should also check for gas line easements too.

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Comments (15)

Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Here most of the time if there is an easement it runs parallel to the street or in the back yard for utility.

Jun 14, 2015 04:11 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Great reminder, Sussie! I was listing agent on a residential property that had 1/2 acre easement, almost 50% of the total land area. I put that in the private remarks on the MLS so agents would have a heads up.

Jun 14, 2015 04:16 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Sussie,  This is spot on. The same applies for any other type of addition or modification to a property.  Some areas prohibit adding a second story.

Jun 14, 2015 04:26 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Must be a city thing.  Easements here are generally on on the street side and most on the right of way to the road and not on private property excepting for the actual easement you sign to connect your house to utilities from the street.

Jun 14, 2015 04:56 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yea...you had better know the setback and where your true property line is

Jun 14, 2015 05:28 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Indeed excellent advice...just because it looks like there is room that does not mean there really is room....Endre

Jun 14, 2015 02:04 PM
Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

Great post Sussie Sutton ! Those pesky things add up to how one day our name will be referred. I can hear it now " She never told us we could not have a pool , now we are stuck in the house." Great job. 

Jun 15, 2015 12:14 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Sussie, good advice you are giving everyone in your post. I tell sellers if they have a decent sized backyard get a rendition done and have it available to potential buyers when they tour the home.  

Jun 15, 2015 06:55 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Bill Reddington that is the way it is here too. I personally prefer utilities in the front street. However, I know that it is a pretty tight fit when you also add sewer and drainage piping.

Kathleen Luiten I know! In our area we also deal a many pipelines active and not active!

That is true Kathleen Daniels  !   You can't just go and build anything just anywhere when in a municipality. 


Jun 15, 2015 10:57 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Tammy Lankford well when a city gets large enough then all different kinds of easements start to happen.

William Feela yes it is very important that you the land owner knows exactly where your property lines are.

So true Endre Barath, Jr. my friend!


Jun 15, 2015 11:00 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Vera Gonzalez yep gotta stay on your toes and know what is what.

Yup Robert (Bob) Gilbert a current survey of the property will let you know just exactly everything is.

Jun 15, 2015 11:03 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Good point Sussie. It isn't something I would think about off hand.

Jun 15, 2015 12:54 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Shar Sitter there has been a trend here in our area of Texas to construct homes on little lots that don't leave much in the way of a back yard. There are those people out there that are okay with that. I would prefer a yard at least 7,000 sq ft. I am guessing I am just old school. 

I have noticed many new home buyers are not liking the small yard concept that many new home builders are loving. They love this because you can cram more homes in X number of acres.

Jun 16, 2015 12:20 AM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

Easements and HOA rules are important to review as well as septic fields and well location. In my area, swimming pools can bring down the value of a home because the universe of potential buyers shrinks a lot. It would be a shame to spend a lot on a new pool and then get nothing in return on resale. 

Jun 16, 2015 12:40 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

This is very important information for buyers, Sussie. Great local information post. 

Jun 17, 2015 03:50 PM