When it comes time to put your home on the market, your pool could increase the value of your property and attract motivated buyers. That being said, you might need to do a little bit of work on your pool if you want to sell your home at a good price. Here are 4 ways to renovate your pool to give your house the best real estate appeal.
Start with a Deep Clean
The very first step in this process is spending a little bit of time cleaning your pool and the surrounding area. Depending on how dirty the pool happens to be, you might need to have it drained and cleaned by a pool specialist. If the pool is relatively clean, then you should be able to clean the exposed tiles with nothing more than a power washer and brush. You should also consider using the power washer on all of the surrounding concrete and rock to remove excess grime. A deep clean will get your pool ready for a viewing on the best of terms.
Double-Check Your Safety Gear
While the new owner will need to provide some of their own safety gear, you should double-check all of the gear that will be passed along. That might include products such as mobile fencing, rope lines, a pool safety alarm, and a shepherd’s hook. If the pool has a safety cover, then that should be thoroughly inspected as well. Including some pool safety gear with the home could be a major selling point when your property goes on the market. The more you have to provide, the less the new homeowner will have to buy themselves.
Repair or Replace Damaged Equipment
In addition to checking all of the safety gear, you will also need to take a closer look at the pool’s primary mechanical systems. Even though most of that equipment should last for years with the proper maintenance, they will become damaged over time. Some buyers might not even consider bidding on your home if they feel like they will have to replace a pool pump or fix a cracked filter. In addition, you could replace or refurbish your pool pump to ensure that it is properly cleaning the pool. A pump with a quieter motor or a larger trap can be extremely valuable to homeowners because it is less distracting and easier to clean.
Stage the Area
Staging the pool area could have a huge impact on what types of offers you receive. Motivated buyers are going to be much more likely to offer fair bids if they see a beautiful outdoor getaway that they will be able to call their own. Staging the area might require a few simple updates such as washing off all of the outdoor furniture, sweeping away debris, and organizing the pool toys.
While you should be able
to take care of some of these tasks on your own, you might want to call in a
professional if your pool requires extensive cleaning and repairs. Having your
pool professionally serviced could end up saving you quite a bit of time, and
many of those contractors offer excellent guarantees on their work.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan