Letter to the Editor RE: 'The top four reasons people remove pools'

Thursday, 17 August, 2017

Letter to the Editor RE: 'The top four reasons people remove pools'

Regarding the article ‘The top four reasons people remove pools’, I can see no good reason for people to remove pools. Taking into account that a new pool is anything from $60,000+ and to have it removed and the area rebuilt would be $20,000+, this would mean a total loss of $60,000 loss of value on the property, plus the $20,000 they would spend to remove the pool, leaving the owner approximately $80,000 out of pocket — for what?

We used to empty them, knock a hole in the floor of the pool, fill the bottom of the pool with about 300 mm of blue metal, then build a deck over it. That way when the homeowners sell the house they can sell it with a pool, and in the meantime they have a deck area they can use. After all, most (in fact, I think all) real estate agents love a house with a pool, and if you have an existing shell then it makes it that much easier. I have also had some customers make them into vegetable gardens.

It’s a no brainer in my opinion, as also a lot of these pools went in when there was access, whereas a lot of these houses have been built around and landscaping done since. Also, houses with pools sell faster than houses that do not have them, especially to families with young children.


Keith Hughes

Custom Leisure Pools and Spas


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