Although a pool can be a wonderful amenity for a current homeowner, the presence of a pool could be a potential liability for some home buyers. However, homeowners that are selling their homes with pools can make the sale go much smoother and help the buyer understand that a pool is an asset, not a liability.
Arrange For A Pool Inspection
Though some home improvements do not significantly increase a homes value, a swimming pool in great condition could increase the resale value of the home. The trick is that sellers have to know how the pool is working. Before they list the home, sellers ought to schedule an inspection with a pool professional, to identify any possible problems. This will allow them the time they need to make any repairs that could deter buyers from making an offer.
Document Pool Maintenance
Like any other major system of the home, buyers want to know that the current owner has taken good care of the swimming pool. Putting all this information together for buyers to browse simplifies the process and establishes confidence. Sellers should provide evidence of regular maintenance, as well as the details on any repairs or recent renovations.
Ensure Pool Safety
Buyers usually expect a pool to be safe. This is not just for buyers with young children, but also for people who worry that the neighbor kids might sneak in for a swim. In some areas, homeowners cannot sell a home with a pool that is not surrounded on all sides with fencing. Adding a fence, or making necessary updates to an existing fence, could be all that is needed to put buyers at ease.
Stage for Success
Even home buyers who are dying a have a pool understand that the equipment represents a fair investment of time and money. This means that the pool has to appear absolutely wonderful and enticing. Experts recommend staging the pool and surrounding areas to look their best. Homeowners should repair chips and cracks in the finish.
They may want to clean and possibly repaint the deck, so it looks inviting for parties and evening relaxation. Outdoor furniture and new landscaping complete the theme. That way, buyers who are not exceptionally keen on the idea might change their minds when they see it.
How to Market a Home For Sale With a Pool
One of the most important aspects of marketing a home for sale with a pool is timing. In the dead of winter, the last thing people are thinking about is relaxing outside by the pool. When buyers see a pool during frigid weather, they mostly see chores. Instead, wait to list your home until the weather starts warming up. If you've staged the pool properly, it should look refreshing and inviting on a hot day. In addition to having current maintenance documents, it can also be helpful to create a binder that contains all the information for opening, maintaining, and closing the pool and include a full set of chemicals, cleaners, floats, alarms, safety covers, and any other accessories you may have. When discussing the pool with potential buyers or in the listing, mention that maintenance is not only up-to-date, but also simple for the new owner as all the info and materials are ready.
Buying a home with a pool is a bit complicated, but sellers can make it easier. Home sellers, along with assistance from their Goodlettsville real estate agents, can turn a potential buyer from a someone who may not buy a home with a pool to someone that always must have a home with a pool.
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