Las Vegas Homes For Sale with a Pool
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With our warm, sunny climate, there are many Las Vegas homes for sale with a pool. A typical swimming pool adds $20,000-$30,000 to the price of the home. The cost to build a new swimming pool is rarely under $30,000. Just like landscaping, pools vary widely in size, complexity, shape, and cost. Some have waterfalls that add value and some also have heated spas.
The most important thing when reading a listing for Las Vegas homes for sale with a pool, is to remember that “inground,” does not mean “built-in”. Listings featuring houses for sale with a pool can also mean a pool structure that is disposable after a few years but still below the ground level.
“Built-in” swimming pools are made to last for over 20 years. An older house with a pool may need repairs, equipment or new plaster. Rehab will cost considerably less money than building a new pool in Las Vegas. Houses for sale with a pool can be a far better deal than having a pool built. Although, when you build a swimming pool, you get to have your own custom design.
Above-ground pools rarely retain their value compared to an in-ground pool. Even elaborate in-ground pools with wood decks will get extremely hot in Las Vegas. The sun beats up plastic and fiberglass. Like everything, when looking for houses for sale with a pool, it’s about the cost, maintenance, value, and resale value. Therefore, when looking at houses for sale with a pool in Las Vegas, try to avoid listings that say in-ground.
Las Vegas Houses For Sale With A Swimming Pool
Looking out an airplane window, it seems that most homes have a built-in swimming pool. I say it depends on the price range and neighborhood.
Many neighborhoods will have a community pool, and some are near a public pool or a waterpark like Wet-n-Wild. Hotels/Casinos now offer hotel pool access on a “per day rate,” which can also be fun.
Pools are an expense. Besides the initial cost to build a pool, pools require maintenance and additional utility costs to operate. Las Vegas homes for sale with a pool need to be maintained year-round.
You might wonder how many Las Vegas homes are for sale with a pool. The last time I checked, only 29% of the homes for sale in Las Vegas have pools. Of course, that is an overall picture. We noted that as the home price goes up, the likelihood of it having a pool increases. Above $500,000, 2 out of 3 homes for sale have a pool which is 66%.
Advantages of Having A Pool in Las Vegas
As with most things, having a home with a pool has advantages and disadvantages. A great advantage is that you’ll have a ready-made recreation area in your backyard. In our climate, pools can reasonably be used about 6 months out of the year. Spas can be used year-round.
Another advantages are the feel of being close to a body of water in the desert, romance on a nice evening, the sound of waterfalls, and beauty. I’d say that the number one reason buy a house with a pool is summertime fun.
Disadvantages of Having A Swimming Pool
The disadvantages are that a pool requires year-round maintenance. Most people hire the service out, paying around $100-150 per month. A pool service’s price is dependent on the debris from landscaping that needs to be cleaned every week, the type of system the pool operates on, and the age of the equipment.
Another potential disadvantage could be safety and liability issues. I would recommend against an investor purchasing a house for sale with a pool unless they plan to reside in the property in the future. Cement gets very hot in the summer in Las Vegas unless you use a texture and “cool deck” paint. Pool fences mitigate the safety concerns for many people, and some are removable.
A Pool’s Texture
Most textures on the bottom of pools are great. Plaster pools should be acid washed every year or two. Some pebble bottoms are rougher than others but don’t look bad as quickly. The bottom that concerns me most is in a fiberglass pool.
We had friends with an older fiberglass pool where fiberglass slivers would be in the water. Eventually, after two failed attempts to fix the problem, they took out the fiberglass shell and built the pool with concrete and plaster using the same equipment and hole in the ground.
A pool inspection did not reveal the problem because no one went in the water before buying the house. Always get a pool inspection in Las Vegas when buying a home for sale with a pool.
Designing and Building a Pool
If you are looking to build a new pool, expect it to cost more money than buying a home with a pool. You may not re-coup for full amount you paid when selling your house with a pool. Know that there are also ways to build a pool for less.
Always visit at least 3 pool companies before deciding on one. Each company seems to push its signature feature, and its feature may not be a good thing. Read reviews. For example- flagstone coving around the pool can get too hot to walk on in Las Vegas. Until water splashes on the stone, it’s HOT. One company in Las Vegas pushes it.
How To Save Money When Building A Pool
There are also ways to owner-build, which will save you money. They require cash or a HELOC, but a bank will not finance an owner-builder pool. There are pool people who can assist you if you choose to owner-build your pool. They re-check each sub-contractors work. We used a coordinator once who bought and installed the pool equipment. He also inspected the job as each contractor finished. Then when construction was complete, he did the chemicals and start-up.
We thought building a full-custom design and paying less was great. However, we’ve had pools for 40+ years and do not recommend that route for beginners for your Las Vegas home. The best way to look into this is to ask other people who have done it. Ask us, or even ask for a referral on Facebook or on the Next Door apps.
Another way to save a lot of money when building a pool is to hire a pool designer. For $300-$600, you can design your own custom-designed pool. Thankfully everything is listed in the engineering specs, so you can take your pool design to different companies for quotes. Doing this gives you apple to apple comparisons, so you’re not shopping around for quotes with different designs and materials.
Why buy a Las Vegas home for sale with a pool?
At the end of the day, you should buy what suits your lifestyle the best. If you want to buy a home with a pool in Las Vegas, do it. I use my years of experience to visually evaluate each home for sale with a pool. Las Vegas is the perfect place to have a pool so let us show you homes for sale with a pool.
There are pool inspection companies to hire after making an offer. We always ask that a home for sale with a pool includes a home warranty with pool coverage. There are pool services that can do everything so that all you need each week to do is enjoy the pleasure involved. Besides, pools are fun!
This website and information are made available for you to explore by Kurt Grosse with Realty One Group. Kurt is a Las Vegas Top-Producing Realtor since 1996 and a Retired Building Engineer (P.E., C.E.). His goal with his buyers and sellers is to use his skills and knowledge to protect them in this ever-changing Las Vegas Real Estate Market. With how quickly homes are built in Southern Nevada, his skills are invaluable.