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Navigating the Real Estate World of Pools and Hot Tubs

Some people want them, some people can’t live without them, and others are vehemently against them. I’m talking about pools and hot tubs.

It seems like every time a new buyer comes along the subject of pools and hot tubs is a major point of conversation. I’ve found families with young children, or families that plan to start a family in their prospective home, are super against the idea of having any kind of pool or hot tub around. I can absolutely see why.

That said, for those who don’t want pools or hot tubs, the option is there for removal. The real question comes down to, who is responsible for it?

Of the three outdoor basins: hot tub, above ground, and in-ground pool, the latter is probably the hardest one to remedy in any sort of cost-effective way. Traditionally, in-ground pools aren’t simply the kind of thing you can take down with a sledgehammer and call it a day. You’ll need to also consider any sort of masonry work done around the edges, and decide what you would like to do with that area once it’s removed. Are you going to want grass put down? Pavers? Each of those items comes with a price tag, so make sure you are aware of the costs associated with that.

Outside of determining what you want to do with the area once it’s removed, above ground pools are fairly simple to remove. In fact, your biggest concern would probably come in hiring an electrician to detach whatever electricity may be running to your filter.

And then there’s hot tubs. Small, compact, and fairly easy to remove, a hot tub shouldn’t take more than a day or so to tow away. In fact, there does tend to be a secondary market for hot tubs, assuming yours is clean and in good enough shape for easy transport.

If you’re not down for doing the work yourself, there are pool removal services that can do the trick for you.

On the flip side, if you’ve been debating that pool installation, I’d be happy to recommend a few pool companies to you as well.

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