Building a Pool vs Buying a Home with One

Summers in Kingston are hot and nothing is more refreshing than having a pool ready for you and your family to relax in. But if you don’t have a pool, and would like a nice in-ground one, you are faced with a dilemma.


Should you build one in your backyard, or buy a home with an existing pool? What You Should Know About Building a Pool vs Buying a Home with One.

If a pool is an important feature to you, it’s important to sit down and really understand the financial implications. Go over the numbers and understand how costly the investment will be, up front or down the road.

Option #1 is buying a home with a pool.

A pool is like any other part of your house: appliances, the roof, or the HVAC system. It wears over time. A pool will need more maintenance and eventually, it will need to be replaced. Houses with old pools are going to be cheaper than new ones because they are worthless money. You need to think about the long-term implications of owning this type of pool. If you agree to buy the house, it is recommended to have a separate inspection of the swimming pool.

An inspection will check the pool’s decking, pool surface, electrical systems, pump, age, and condition. Ensuring you know the state it is in before you buy the home is crucial.

If the pool tile is old or the deck is cracked, you may need to get estimates from a pool company. What may seem like small repairs, can quickly add up large bills.

Option #2 is building a pool (now or later).

A common problem happens when people find the perfect house, but it lacks a pool. You promised yourself to add it in the future, but when you get home and start pricing pools, some sticker shock may set in. Landscaping, plumbing, electrical, cement, and eventual water fills and decor can seem daunting.

But while in-ground pools vary from reasonably low to very high in price, companies have gone to great lengths to make pool ownership more affordable so that people who are on tight budgets or those who don’t want anything too large will still be able to access this fun activity. Fiberglass pool shells, familiar concrete or gunite pools, or an easy to care for above ground. Sizes and shapes are custom made to fit your family’s needs. Make sure that before you put an offer in for your dream home, you get quotes from several different companies who specialize in pools. With your guidance on size range, accurate quotes can be obtained to assist in your financial planning.

If you’re looking to get a consult for your dream pool, give us a call and we can put you in touch with Kingston’s best!