How to find the ideal house with a pool?

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How to find the ideal house with a pool?

Some people, in their search for a new home, include the presence of a swimming pool as a mandatory feature. Of course, not every pool is created equal; while some may be a great asset, others may present some unpleasant challenges. If you want to buy a home with a pool, but want to avoid common pitfalls, read this first.

Two distinctly different layouts for swimming pools: indoor and outdoor

Even though Luxembourg has a mild climate overall, a backyard pool will be heavily utilized during the summer months. Of course, the facilities will be empty and swimming will be off-limits during the colder months of winter and the middle of the season.

However, if the pool at your home is enclosed, you can use it whenever you like. Protecting the pool from external aggression (insects, falling leaves) reduces the amount of cleaning necessary, and the water heats up faster, so there is still some maintenance to be done.

Last but not least, a selling point can be a gorgeous outdoor pool that has been meticulously maintained and operates without a hitch. Even though the covered option will be more expensive up front and difficult to come by, it will undoubtedly be the better choice on a day-to-day basis.

“Even though the covered alternative will cost more to buy, it will provide significant day-to-day benefits”.

Things to look out for when purchasing a pool home

If you want to buy a house with a pool and actually use it, you should probably ask the current owner (or the real estate agency) some questions first. For instance, it's helpful to have some background knowledge about the contractor doing the building. Once you've determined who the builder is, you can check out their portfolio or order a catalog to get a sense of the kind of work they do and the caliber of their designs. Newer pools are always preferred so that we can reach out to the builder in the event of any issues. Otherwise, it's best to have the salesperson who steps in when there's cause for alarm also be the person you go to for help in the event of a malfunction.

“If the manufacturer is still in business and the pool needs repairs, we can easily get in touch with them”.

Check the filter, the pump, and the liner to ensure they are all in good working order. Look at the repair and maintenance bills to get an idea of the previous owner's carefulness; it stands to reason that well-maintained installations will have fewer issues down the road.

Condominium swimming pools are a luxury, but they often come with extra fees

Having a swimming pool in a co-owned building is a nice amenity that increases the building's value. The upkeep of such an installation can be delegated to a variety of parties, such as a security guard or an outside service provider. Extra costs are inevitable and must be planned for in every scenario where this occurs.

So, before you get too attached to an apartment with a pool, ask yourself honestly if you'll actually use it enough to justify the extra expense. If that's the case, you should investigate the building's state and get more information about upkeep.

Everyone has their own opinion on whether a pool is a worthwhile investment or a pointless extravagance; if you're set on having one in your home, though, think twice before making a hasty decision to purchase a property solely because it has a pool.