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:
- Buyers don’t want pools in the front yard.
- There is more privacy in the backyard.
- Your house may actually sell for less because of a front yard pool.
- Avoid perverts looking through holes in the front fence to check you out.
- It’s awkward to try to avoid drowning while walking to the front door.
- When people ring the doorbell you can’t pretend like you didn’t hear them like you can when swimming in the backyard.
- Skinny dipping seems much more risky in the front yard.
- A pool next to a sidewalk begs teens to throw stuff over the fence into the water.
- It’s a bad sign when buyers say, “what the heck were they thinking?”
- 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.
Question: Anything you’d add to the list? What is #11?