Backyard pools preferred to beach, new survey reveals
Thursday, 30 January, 2014
Australians certainly are clued in about what their pool is worth, with Swimart’s Summer Pool Owners Survey indicating an amazing 90% of Australians believe their pool adds value to their home. The survey, which interviewed pool owners around Australia, found that in terms of value, a pool can add an average of $30,000 to a property.
“As a whole, Australians are a water-loving nation,” says Chris Fitzmaurice, Australasian manager of pool and spa specialists Swimart. “And pool owners place a great deal of value on their pool, both in monetary terms and in terms of how much enjoyment they get out of it.”
PRD Nationwide Research Analyst Angus McLean says pool owners are spot on with their assessment.
“Consensus amongst leading property valuation professionals is that a pool will add value if it is in proportion with the yard and does not overwhelm the garden,” he explains.
“A pool definitely adds appeal and more often than not people will pay extra for something with a pool.
“Many pools are now almost an extension of the house, making them visible from living rooms to allow easier supervision of children. A well-designed pool will enhance the surrounding landscape as well as allow space for outdoor entertainment and a turfed play area for young ones.”
The Swimart survey also showed that 90% would rather swim in their pool than at the beach and respondents gave some very compelling reasons as to why this is: most believe their pool is safer, more private and more convenient than the beach and, as a bonus, has no crowds, sand or sharks.
In terms of heating, 62% of respondents indicated they do not have any form of heating for their pool and 34% said they had solar heating.
Growing up with a pool in the backyard seems to be the Aussie way, with nearly 70% of respondents indicating they had a pool growing up, and another 13% saying they learnt to swim in their backyard pool. The survey also indicated that we mainly use your pools for relaxation, followed by family time, entertaining and fitness.
There is still room for improvement in terms of having an environmentally friendly pool; just over half of respondents said they made an effort to make their pool more energy efficient and less chemical heavy by using solar-powered pumps or low-chlorine salt chlorinators. Salt chlorination remains dominant over traditional chlorine as the primary form of sanitisation, with 70% of people indicating they used a salt sanitiser.
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