Occasionally this happens: a buyer will find a house that is absolutely perfect except it has a swimming pool. Their interest in the house wains and they move on. The house could have been the perfect house, aside from the hole in the backyard filled with water.
There are really two camps: the buyer has romantic images of what it would be like to have their own swimming pool and everyone else. It’s a black and white issue with most folks with the majority being in the hate-the-idea-of-a-cement-pond camp. I totally understand why since pools require work to maintain them (or at least a service to come out weekly to keep them from turning gross), there’s added utility cost to fill the pool and run the pump, and then there’s the liability issue of having a pool. However; POOL!
That’s all the pro-pool camp need to hear: POOL! But what about…? POOL! I totally get it. You can’t have the dream that you’re Clark W. Griswold, gazing out of the kitchen window to the backyard pool while Randy Quaid attempts to dive in while wearing swim fins, a leopard print thong, and sipping a beer if you don’t have a pool.
So for the camp that doesn’t want a pool or wouldn’t consider a home with a pool, the solution is simple: fill in the pool. Demolishing and filling in an in-ground pool isn’t an expensive or difficult process. Often for a few thousand dollars, an unwanted pool can be filled in to make way for an expanded yard or patio area. This includes the pool deck around the pool because often a pool deck is poured in such a way as to keep water and dirt from entering the pool – the opposite of what you’d want for a patio.
If the pool is a rich green color as the one above, typically the cost to remove the pool will be on par with repairing and cleaning – especially if the repairs are extensive. For homeowners with pools that aren’t in the best shape, demolishing the pool may yield a higher return and a faster sale. Before undertaking this, have your local real estate broker run a comparison of sales of homes with pools and homes without. Chances are, the value of the pool is $0 or close to it. If you happen to speak with an agent with intimate knowledge of the neighborhood, they can share with you what the buyers are looking for and if any really wanted a pool.
My experience in Charlotte has been if the neighborhood has decent facilities, most home buyers would opt for that pool versus one of their own.