Will Adding A Pool To Your Home Increase The Value By More Or Less Than The Cost?

The below text is from a blog post published by Joseph Castaneda at homeappraisalsinc.com.


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There is one thing that comes up again and again during home appraisals: Does adding a pool raise a home’s value by more or less than the cost to build it?

Home swimming pools come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are worth more to some buyers than others — so there aren’t always hard numbers to quantify how much money a pool is worth. For example, in ground pools are valued higher than above ground pools, a family with children may want a pool and a family without may not.

Ultimately, The Best Way To Find Out If Adding A Pool To Your Home Will Increase The Value…

By more or less than the cost to install the pool is to get to appraisals. One appraisal of your home without the pool and then have the appraiser do another appraisal as if your home has a pool and see the difference in appraised value. This is because the appraiser will select one set of comparable sales to use in the report of your home if it does not have a pool to come up with the value and use another set of comparable sales if your home does have a pool to come up with the value. We do this for clients and offer a discount for the second appraisal.

It mostly depends on your neighborhood and the current market conditions at the time of the appraisal to determine if your a pool will add more or less value than the cost to install.

Installation of a pool may cost the home-owner around $20,000 but a real estate appraisal may put the pool’s added value to the home at $10,000, $20,000 or $40,000.

Why do appraisers give a pool less, equal or more value than it’s cost? An appraiser’s job is too interpret what the market says. The real estate appraiser looks at closed sale prices of homes and determines if homes with pools sell for more or less than homes without pools. Every neighborhood is different.

During a home appraisal, the pool’s worth can be determined by the type of construction of the pool.  Whether it is above or below ground does make a difference. Also, the climate at the location matters as well. So, in South Carolina the climate is warm for a good part of the year, thus many families in middle to upper class neighborhoods prefer a home with a pool to cool down during the warm months and are willing to pay a premium for this amenity. Lower end neighborhoods may not want the added expense of maintaining a pool.

The appraiser should do a paired sales analysis of at least two separate pairs of homes with each pair of homes being similar in all aspects to each other accept that one has a pool and one does not. By comparing these homes to each other the appraiser can see how much extra, the same or even less buyers are willing to pay for the house with a pool.
— Joseph Castaneda