Australians love their swimming pools, with over 1.2 million households with backyard pools in the continent. It’s no surprise considering the continent’s predominantly hot climate. Many homeowners, however, hold out a more practical reason for having a pool built in their property: the lure of rising property values. An article by Tim Mcintyre for News.com.au highlights this belief:
A Swimart survey found 90 per cent of pool owners believed their pool boosted the value of their house by an average of $30,000; with estimates ranging between $10,000 and $100,000, depending on size, style and location.
“Pool owners place a great deal of value on their pool, both in monetary terms and in (the) enjoyment they get,” said Chris Fitzmaurice, Swimart’s Australasian manager.
The research indicated the further a property was from the coast, the more value owners thought was added. Demography also played a part, with more demand in suburbs with a high proportion of children aged four to 16 and greater household incomes.
However, you can’t assume that just any pool would automatically add to the property’s real estate value. Buyers are, for the most part, swayed by visual appeal. You need to have the right pool type to match your house, and have the right size in proportion to the yard where the pool area doesn’t totally overwhelm your garden space. For value, an in-ground pool is often preferred because of its allowance for depth, and that it looks better. Experienced Perth pool companies like Guardian Pools should be able to recommend the suitable material and pool size for your property.
Made from concrete and finished with tile and similar materials, concrete pools are a familiar sight. Popular in places with high temperatures and with soil that easily expands, these pools are quite durable; you won’t have to worry about doing any repairs for a long time. Construction may take some time though, as concrete will have to dry properly. Expect several months of waiting before it is set and ready.
Of all the pool materials available, vinyl is an affordable option. This is because construction only requires a hole to be dug and a framework built. Vinyl covering is placed in the framework while the sand is poured at the bottom. However, vinyl can tear and the maintenance costs can add up.
Fiberglass pools in Perth may be viewed as the comfortable middle ground between the above two. A factory-made fiberglass pool is placed in a hole dug to match its shape and depth. In Perth, fiberglass is cheaper than concrete and far quicker to manufacture and install, lower maintenance costs are an added advantage—the material’s smoothness makes it difficult for algae to stick, thus minimizing the chemicals needed to maintain water purity—this can pay back your initial investment in time.
(Source: Swimming pools add value to homes, as long as they tick the boxes, News.com.au, February 17, 2014)