North Shore home owners have to ask, are pools worth the trouble? Everybody gets excited when they see a beautiful blue watered swimming pool. It brings up visions of family pool parties, cocktail drinks with mini umbrellas, barbeques, bathing suits and floating chairs. However, as a property owner, the first question you want to ask yourself is, will the pool add to the equity of my home? There are many different views on the subject. Most Real Estate agents will agree the additional financial gain to adding a pool can range from none at all, to a 15-28% increase on the value of your property. I believe it’s a big resounding yes on pools adding equity to the property. Also, a major factor in your decision on pool or no pool is where your home is located. West Vancouver properties to rent tend to have more pools than other areas, not a surprise I’m sure.
Maintaining the pool is a big commitment both physically and financially but it has to be done. Winterizing the pool alone is expensive but before getting an in ground pool installed, you will want to find out about the rules regarding installing pools in your area. There are many different building permits you will need to investigate.
If you have children you will want to consider all the safety precautions that go with responsible pool ownership. Each municipality has their own rules and regulations about fences around the pool so make sure you know what bylaws you will be responsible for before digging that big hole.
As a West Vancouver home renter, you will have to figure out if the pros out weigh the cons when deciding on renting that perfect house with the backyard pool. Kid’s love pools, that’s a given, but who has to watch the kid’s in the pools? Don’t fool yourself about age either, you have to watch the teenagers just as much as the little guys but for all kinds of different reasons. Is the pool maintenance included in the rent? Find out before you move in.
Cleaning the pool is another big topic around the house. Everyone wants to go for a swim but nobody wants to clean out the blades of grass from the bottom of your feet or the giant leaves that fall into the pool. Check out the following link to get an idea on how much it will be to maintain your pool in the summer months. https://www.westcoastpool.com/
If you have children you will want to consider all the safety precautions that go with responsible pool ownership. So, you will have to figure out if the pros out weigh the cons and it is an individual choice. But keep in mind, swimming is one of the best exercises you can do and of course a pool becomes a very social part of our lives in so many positive ways. On a hot summer day it can be the best thing to look forward to for the entire family. Making a big picnic lunch and a large jug of ice cold lemonade for the group will make you a superstar! For my two cents, I say who doesn’t love a good pool party, “bombs away!”
If you have added a swimming pool to your property, let us know if it was the right choice or not?
Orca Realty Inc.
Unit 204 – 2438 Marine Dr. West Vancouver, BC, V7V 1L2 Canada