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Even though summer may be coming to an end, homes with pools are still popping up on the market. Summer may not be in your immediate foresight, but buying a home with a pool may be an investment that pays off in the long run. Today, we’re giving you the in’s-and-out’s of buying a home with a pool, and what to look out for.

Besides the face-value cost of a pool, one thing you need to consider when purchasing a house with a pool is upkeep. Pools require regular upkeep throughout the year, and an omission to this can have major consequences, such as a massive algae bloom or the liner ripping. If you choose to hire a company to maintain your pool for you, it could wind up costing you $80-$100 per week. Doing it yourself will be cheaper, but you will have to spend more time. This must be put into consideration when looking at a home with a pool.

In addition to upkeep, safety is another cause for concern. Many incidents arise across the country year after year with pool-related injuries, so if you have little kids, then perhaps a pool is not right for you. In the State of New Jersey, all pools are required to have a fence placed around it, which could be another cost you have to encounter.

If you are really interested in the pool, then we recommend to have a pool inspection done alongside the home inspection to gauge the condition of the pool and any problems it may have. Home inspectors don’t usually cover pools, which is why spending a little bit extra to have someone look at the pool will go a long way. For all you know, the condition of the pool may be the deal breaker.

Now, let’s say you love the home, but are not too thrilled with the pool. Luckily, there are ways to remove the pool completely—by either draining it, filling it, or removing it completely—but it will cost you. Pool removal services range around $6,000-$10,000, which can be worked into negotiations or paid outright.

Buying a home with a pool can be the best investment you ever made, or the worst—it entirely depends on your personal situation. No matter what your situation is, however, we encourage you to come into our office and sit down with one of our experienced agents. In no time, you will be looking through houses that fit your situation, regardless of what that may be.

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