Home staging a pool is the best way to show off this fun, family-pleasing asset and minimize any liabilities which often concern prospective buyers. Pools are a fantastic addition to properties in warm climates and in some real estate markets, a pool is a virtual expectation for buyers. However, just like any other property feature, the pool can help or hinder a sale depending on the way it is presented to all who come to view the home.
This simple tutorial will help you to get the most value out of your pool when selling your home.
Home Staging a Pool Preparation
Before placing the house on the market, be sure the get the pool and/or pool house in top form. After all, the pool will not be a benefit if it is not beautiful and functional. In fact, poorly maintained pools are one of the biggest liabilities for any sale. Here are some things to keep in mind when staging your pool:
Make sure that the liner is in good repair and there are no leaks or other concerns. Check that all ladders, diving boards and slides are in good repair. Be sure all the hardware, including the filter and vacuum, work well.
Be sure to have proper safety measures in place, including a pool cover and fence to avoid frightening buyers with small children.
Check the condition of the pool deck or surrounding paving for cracks or structural issues and repair, as needed.
Optimal Pool Staging
Once you know that the structural aspects of the pool are sound, here are some home staging strategies which can help maximize the appeal of the pool for prospective buyers:
Always keep the pool clean and vacuumed. Do not allow debris to accumulate on the bottom or float on top of the water.
Put away pool toys and rafts in covered storage and do not allow personal items to distract from the beauty of the pool itself.
Create a retreat around the pool by providing a place for towels and cool drinks.
Be sure to light the pool for a dramatic impression in the evening. Mood lighting is a terrific addition to the pool area.
Tips on Home Staging a Pool
Many buyers simply do not desire a pool, as they do not want the extra upkeep and maintenance. Other buyers will not buy a home without a pool, since they are addicted to the backyard vacation lifestyle.
To overcome reluctant buyer concerns, it is a good idea to make a list of the actual costs of maintaining the pool, including options for DIY and professional care. The low cost may just surprise potential buyers and actually turn their attitude around in favor of the pool idea.
Always be certain to spend money on quality safety measures, since family homes will need to be “kid-friendly” and a pool can be a nightmarish consideration for parents with really young children. A secured cover and locking fence will assure families that the pool will be a nice addition to their household, instead of a cause for undue worry.