Pool or No Pool, That is the Question–But I Don’t Read Minds!
As an exclusive buyer’s agent, I consider one of my foremost duties is to listen–I mean really listen to what my clients say they want in a home. But I am never surprised when about half way through the process they let slip that they have been eliminating all homes with “x” feature. That “x” can be anything–it could be homes with evergreen trees in the yard. Or homes that are not on at least 3/4 of an acre. In one case, they eliminated all homes with wood siding. They were sure the insurance company would charge a premium for that.
I recently had clients who had been eliminating all homes with a pool. I had not figured it out. Gosh, I wish they had told me! I don’t read minds, sorry. Pools can be filled in! (Also, those evergreens in the photos could have been on the neighbor’s property. That house on less than 3/4 of an acre actually backed up to conservancy land that could never be built on. The siding is a composite and an insurance company’s favorite type.)
Like a good marriage, the agent/client relationship needs tending. The lines of communication have to be kept open, and they also have to be completely revisited every once in a while. In this case, we went back and went over all the homes “rejected” for pools and other issues with an eye toward finding out what the clients thought and what they were focusing on.
For something as permanent as a pool (unlike wallpaper and paint colors, I would like to point out), a discussion is imperative. Should a home with a pool cost more? Or less? How much? Will a pool affect resale? How much? Can you make a pool completely safe for young children? What is the cost to fill one in? Can you fill one in so that a future owner could unearth it again?
In our area of the country, pools can be a negative to selling a home. Our season is short, the options for covering/securing the pool are limited and not the most attractive (no cages with our snow), concerned parents prefer to avoid such a risk and we have lots of neighborhood pools that serve as recreational and social meeting places for families.
That being said, there are always folks who will ONLY look at homes with pools. So while your “pool” of possible buyers may be limited, you may have the only house on the market that they want!
So, pool or no pool? That is the question. But if the question is never raised, I can’t help. Likewise, we need to raise why certain styles of decorating are reasons for rejection. Certainly marble-filled rooms may not be your style but frilly curtains and fancy wallpapers can come down at a fairly low cost. I want to at least point that out to my clients so they can make a truly informed decision.
But I don’t read minds. So let’s keep the communication flowing.
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