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Are you sick of spending your weekends on crowded cottage country roads? You aren’t alone. More and more people are opting to build a backyard fuss-free staycation to optimize relaxation time. A beautiful swimming pool can provide some of the benefits of a cottage without the stress of getting there. 

Having a swimming pool in your backyard is a dream to many. But will it add value your home? Will it make it easier or harder to sell your home when that time comes?

Before taking the plunge of adding a pool, consider how long you will be staying in the house. There is no guarantee that a pool will increase the value of your house. The value of a pool will most likely come from the enjoyment you will get from it. If a move is in your future, your hard-earned money may be better spent on a project that the majority of prospective buyers would find value in; a new roof, a finished basement or a kitchen reno. A nice pool without all the bells and whistles can start at $40 000. Could your money be better spent elsewhere?

A home with a swimming pool attracts a certain type of buyer. Many people consider it to be a liability rather than a luxury. Buyers with young children may think the pool is a safety hazard, a couple with older kids or an older couple may think it’s fabulous. Some will not want the hassle of maintenance, others will not want the added expense. In Ontario, we get about 3 months of good pool time. Some won’t find this worth it. If you are like me though, I opened end of April and closed in October, making the most of my pool. It is hard to say if our backyard oasis added to our selling price. The real estate market changed drastically over the years and overall our house value increased dramatically. The $100 000 we invested in our backyard was well worth it to us for the amazing times we had.

If you are thinking of adding a pool and your family will get plenty of use out of it, then consider it an investment in your lifestyle. It may or may not add to your home’s selling price.


If you are interested in finding out more about homes for sale in Oakville and the surrounding areas you can contact Saunders, Saxton & Winter. The SSW Team is located in the heart of Old Oakville, they have more than 60 years of experience and are experts on the Oakville real estate market. They will help you to make the right choices for you and your family. You can contact them at (905) 845-1223, email them at or you can view some of their featured listings here.

“Just sold my house and couldn’t be happier with the services provided by Saunders, Saxton & Winter to make it happen. They are top notch professionals who live and breathe Oakville, you won’t find better representation. This is the 2nd house that they’ve sold for me and I highly recommend them.”

Life is complicated; selling your house doesn’t need to be. Trust the team at Saunders, Saxton and Winter. You won’t be disappointed!

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