10 reasons NOT to put a pool in your front yard

Let me give you a bit of free real estate advice. Don’t put a built-in swimming pool in your front yard. I know that sounds silly, but since I had the privilege of walking through a house with a front yard pool last week, I wanted to bring it up. Enjoy a one-minute video tour and then I’ll give you some reasons NOT to install a pool in the front yard – some more serious than others. Watch below (or here).

10 reasons NOT to install a pool in your front yard:

  1. Buyers don’t want pools in the front yard.
  2. There is more privacy in the backyard.
  3. Your house may actually sell for less because of a front yard pool.
  4. Avoid perverts looking through holes in the front fence to check you out.
  5. It’s awkward to try to avoid drowning while walking to the front door.
  6. When people ring the doorbell you can’t pretend like you didn’t hear them like you can when swimming in the backyard.
  7. Skinny dipping seems much more risky in the front yard.
  8. A pool next to a sidewalk begs teens to throw stuff over the fence into the water.
  9. It’s a bad sign when buyers say, “what the heck were they thinking?”
  10. A front yard pool is really not a common feature. Spend time using Google Maps satellite view and I bet you’ll find it very difficult to find many front yard pools.

Now here are some pictures to help create a little more context. You would never know by looking at the home that there is a pool just steps away in the front yard. Obviously this pool needs some repairs, so it’ll be interesting to see if the buyer fills it in or repairs it.

front of house with pool in front yard - sacramento appraisal blog

front view number three with pool in front yard - sacramento appraisal blog

view from bedroom with pool in front yard - sacramento appraisal blog

view from front door with pool in front yard - sacramento appraisal blog

You may also enjoy 10 signs your pool is too big for the neighborhood or How much is a pool worth in the eyes of an appraiser?

Question: Anything you’d add to the list? What is #11?

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10 signs your pool is too big for the neighborhood

This is what I’d call a super-sized pool. This house was purchased by Folsom Asset Management as one of their flip projects. For some perspective on the enormity of this swimming hole, look at my Realtor friend Whitney Johnson in the top image. Also, compare the 4400 sq ft house (single story with a 700 sq ft garage) with the pool. Have you ever seen a residential pool this big? What would you do with it if you were going to flip this house?

Overbuilt Pool. Photos by Folsom Asset Management & Compilation by Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Even if the pool was finished, it would very likely be a market liability since most buyers are not looking for a pool this big. On top of that, imagine the cost to heat the pool. It’s no wonder the investment company filled it in before selling the house.

Top-10-Image-purchased-by-Sacramento-Appraisal-Blog-from-www.123rf.comphoto_9840969_golden-top-ten-in-rank-list-trophy-isolated-on-white-background.htmlsgame-123RF-St-sm10 signs your pool is too big for the neighborhood

  1. If your backyard is a potential site for the next Olympics.
  2. If Google Maps mistakes your pool as a lake.
  3. If your pool looks like it should be at a resort.
  4. If prospective buyers think “Yikes, what were they thinking?”
  5. If aerial fire fighters use your pool to scoop up water.
  6. If the Coast Guard uses your pool for rescue training.
  7. If your pool yields little value in the resale market.
  8. If “block party” means the entire neighborhood can literally go swimming.
  9. If your buddies constantly ask you to use their jet skis in your pool.
  10. If buyers don’t have the expectation for such a large pool in the neighborhood.

Questions: What do you think of this pool? What is the 11th sign a pool is too big? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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It’s a bird! it’s a plane! It’s Superadequacy!

What is superadequacy? It’s basically a synonym for “overimprovement”. It’s when a property is overimproved and the cost exceeds the value it adds to the property. Examples of superadequacy would be a 10-bedroom house in a 3-bedroom neighborhood, a swimming pool that costs $40,000 but adds $10,000 in value, an air conditioning unit in Antarctica, solid gold bathroom countertops or a $50,000 kitchen remodel in a $100,000 neighborhood.

Can you spot any superadequacy in the 30-second clip I shot below?

What examples of overimprovement have you seen? Can you think of instances of overimprovement found on television remodel shows?

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