Pool Remodelling – Five Signs That it’s Time

Pool Remodelling – Five Signs That it’s Time

Pool overhaul time. Have you been a little less than happy with the look or function of your pool lately? Starting to wonder if it might be time for a remodel? We are here to help you make that decision.

Like any other feature of your home, there will eventually come a time when your own private artificial lake needs a face-lift or an upgrade. Here are the 5 most common signs that it’s time for repair or renovations!

Boy swimming in his pool underwater

Pool time! Winter schmzinter… get your face wet!

1 Your Pool has Cracks or Other Signs of Damage

If unseemly cracks or peeling are keeping you from enjoying your pool fully, you may want to consider a lining repair or re-tiling. An expert can evaluate the damage and tell you if it’s merely an aesthetic problem, or if it possibly has underlying safety or long-term quality reduction issues. Damage such as this sometimes leads people to decide it’s a good time for a total overhaul, while others choose to undergo minor repairs.

2 You’re Unhappy With the Appearance

If your pool was installed or updated over a decade ago, you’ll probably start noticing that it’s out of style. Also, personal tastes change over the years, and you may just find yourself longing for a different size or look. Many times, homeowners purchased their home with the pool already built, so they did not get to have a personal say in the design. A renovation can be a great opportunity to customise the pool to your preferences. Maybe that means new tiles or lining, a different shape, or adding a water feature or a hot tub. Whatever it is you feel is lacking, personal preference is a perfectly good reason to go through a remodel. Also consider that updating the style and adding new features will increase its appeal to potential buyers later on!

3 There’s No Modern Safety Features

Families with young children should be especially aware of the possible safety concerns that can surface as a pool ages. Newer pools include safety features that older ones are often lacking. A  remodel would allow you to get up-to-date in this way by extending the shallow end, installing a better safety fence, or adding other needed safety features. This is a priceless type of renovation that will pay off for years to come.

4 Disastrous Energy Efficiency

Swimming pools built over ten years ago are nowhere near as economical and energy efficient as pools today. Though a renovation will cost you some money upfront, it will end up saving you in the long run as modern equipment allows your pool to function more efficiently.

5 Your Pool Needs Frequent Repair

If you find your pool is often out of commission, or you notice that you’ve been having to call for repair service more often than usual, it may mean that your pool is reaching an age at which it’s more cost effective and convenient to undergo a more major renovation, rather than constantly adding up small repairs. You may choose to replace just some of its main mechanisms, or undergo a more thorough remodel.

pool with water running out

There is such a thing as too much pool

If you want more pool tips, log onto NW Pools. They have a fantastic blog with a lot of advice and information on how to keep your pool looking good.

Renovating Your Property to Achieve a Quick Sale

Renovating Your Property to Achieve a Quick Sale

Renovating: If you are selling your home, here are some tips to get that buyer to sign on that dotted line.

There are many things you can do to get your house in a state whereby a buyer can see it as their own. This includes cleaning, painting, de-cluttering, landscaping and deciding which other projects might reap the greatest reward given limited time and money. Nearly one quarter of sellers who make renovations or improvements before selling, sell above list price. This is compared with 16 percent of sellers who don’t. The key is making smart decisions about what to upgrade, because home-improvement projects don’t necessarily pay for themselves. Some improvements actually cost more than they return in value. A smaller, inexpensive upgrade typically brings a bigger reward than a more involved and time-consuming one. Here are some tips to maximise return and minimise renovation headaches:

Dive into the “curb appeal” projects first, and do them smartly.

New paint inside and out and basic landscaping don’t break the bank, and are typically the most common and necessary improvements. And choosing the right eye-catching colours can increase a home’s value far beyond just the appeal of new paint. Yellow homes sell for nearly $3,500 less than expected, while the right colour door can lead to an extra $6,000 in a seller’s pocket.

Cute little blue house. Dive into the “curb appeal” projects first, and do them smartly.

Dive into the “curb appeal” projects first, and do them smartly.

Upgrade the bathrooms (but not too much).

A mid-range bathroom remodel, replacing the toilet, tub and light fixtures, adding a double sink, tiling the floor and hanging some wallpaper, is a good idea. This typically results in a $1.71 increase in home value for every dollar spent, if the bathroom is at least 25 years old. But an upscale bathroom remodel with top-end features, full-body-wash shower wall, bidet, will actually cost a seller. It adds 87 cents of home value for every dollar spent.

Beige theme clean new bathroom

Upgrade the bathrooms (but not too much).

Install new windows.

New mid-range windows can return $1.15 for every dollar. But get too fancy and you’ll end up breaking even.

white windows with pink flowers outside

Install new windows.

Pay attention to current design trends.

Warm modernism and organic accents are in. Bold colours and an overtly rustic feel are out. The right design can show buyers the potential in your home.

renovating to sell means sticking with renovating trends

Pay attention to current design trends.

Don’t focus on the kitchen.

Kitchen renovations, at any level, are among the worst return on investment of the home improvements, at about 50 cents on the dollar. Part of the reason is that the kitchen is one of the few rooms in a house where different people want different uses. You could spend $30,000 renovating a kitchen only to turn off some potential buyers who would have done it differently.

renovating a kitchen: be careful how you spend your money on it

Renovating a kitchen: be careful how you spend your money on it

If you’re fixing up your home to appeal to a variety of potential buyers, go for changes that have a broad appeal. Fresh paint in the new ‘it’ neutral signals a well-maintained home, and most people can imagine their own furniture matching the walls. A luxury chef’s kitchen won’t matter to the majority of people who can’t call themselves a good cook and just eat out often anyway.


Advice supplied by Zillow.


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