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 to look for is that the pool is “inground,” meaning that the pool structure is below the ground level. Above ground pools rarely retain the value compared to an in-ground pool. Wood decks in Las Vegas get extremely hot. Sun beats up plastic and fiberglass. Like everything, it’s about the cost, maintenance, value, and resale value.
Looking out an airplane window, it seems that most homes have a swimming pool. I say it depends on the neighborhood.
Many communities have community pools, and some are near a public pool or Wet-n-Wild. Hotels/Casinos now offer pool access on a “per day rate,” which can also be fun. Besides the initial cost to build, pools require maintenance and utility costs to operate.
You might wonder how many Las Vegas homes are for sale with a pool. Last time I checked, 3883 single-family homes were for sale in Las Vegas. (not counting Henderson and NLV). Only 1145 of them have a pool, so 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, 66%.
As with most things, having a home with a pool has advantages and disadvantages. Among the advantages are that you’ll have a ready-made recreation area that you don’t have to drive to. In our climate, pools can reasonably be used about 6 months out of the year. Spas can be used year-round.
Other advantages include 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 to have a pool is summertime fun.
The disadvantages are that a pool requires year-round maintenance. Most people hire the service out, paying around $100-150 per month. Service 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 disadvantage is potential safety and liability issues. I would recommend against an investor purchasing a property with a pool unless they plan to reside in the property in the future. Pool fences mitigate the safety concern for many people.
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. Be aware or use us as your Realtors to be more aware of what you’re buying. We protect you from the things you may not know.
Building a Pool
If you are looking to build a pool, not only will it cost more money than buying a home with one, but you may take a hit for that extra cost when you re-sell your home in the future. Know that there are 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.
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. 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.
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.
What’s Your Lifestyle?
At the end of the day, you should buy what suits your lifestyle the best. I use my years of experience to visually evaluate each home for sale with a pool that you look at to protect your interests before making an offer or a home. We recommend that you always have a pool inspection done before your home purchase is finalized.