Summertime means more opportunities to enjoy your outdoor pool. Of course, with many of us still in varying degrees of lockdown, you’ve probably never had more free time available to lounge in your pool either. But, an outdoor pool doesn’t have to just be a means of entertainment for you, your family, and your guests.
Outdoor pools are also an excellent way to raise your property value. And, while an outdoor pool by itself is definitely a value add, there are many ways to improve upon and exponentiate the value-adding potential of your pool.
In case you own a home with an outdoor pool, let’s look at a few ways you can maximize its potential to increase your property value.
Adding in a Deck
A deck is the perfect complement to a pool. Especially if you have kids or you frequently entertain guests, decks make a great place to lounge while still being able to keep an eye on or communicate with whoever is using the pool. They can also provide a place to get away from the sun for a while without having to dry off, provided you add a pergola or some type of shade to your deck.
Innovative Decorative Concrete in the Pool
Decorative concrete can take any form you like, and you can put in at the bottom, on the sides, or around the edges of your pool. This can add unique stylistic elements that potential home buyers find particularly attractive, thus adding value to your property.
Especially if other homes on the market also have outdoor pools, using polished concrete floors with decorative concrete designs on them can be the thing that sets your property apart from the rest.
An Outdoor Kitchen
This addition kind of speaks for itself. Outdoor kitchens are exotic and allow you to cook outside. This makes for easier entertainment of guests, a more enjoyable cooking process, and less potential for messes when entertaining large groups or children.
Many outdoor pools don’t have any type of drainage around the perimeter. This can lead to giant mudholes and general dishevelment of the surrounding yard. Permeable paving around the exterior of your pool will not only look more professional but it will also provide traction and built-in drainage for any excess water that gets splashed out.
Fencing is an excellent way to add property value. It provides privacy as well as security, which are both heavily valued in today’s market. Consider picket fencing, brick, or vinyl for maximum privacy.
Compliment Your Pool with Value-Adding Upgrades
Outdoor pools provide a major opportunity for value-adding upgrades that can raise your property value significantly. A deck, permeable paving, decorative concrete, an outdoor kitchen, and fencing are all incredibly effective ways of using your outdoor pool to boost your home’s property value.
By implementing some of or even all of these ideas, you can rest assured your home will not only sell faster than others on the market, but fetch a higher price as well.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.