Buying a Home with a Pool

Brooke Chaffee-Zayas realtor with Monticello, Licensed Real Estate Broker Clifton Park NY

Brooke Chaffee-Zayas realtor with Monticello, Licensed Real Estate Broker Clifton Park NY

Brooke Chaffee-Zayas recently pulled together helpful tips for home buyers looking to own a home with a pool. As mom, pool owner, and realtor Brooke shares some great advice.

1. There are many misconceptions about what a pool can do for the property value of the home. Many home buyers and sellers believe it clearly adds value, but that is not always the case. Does having a pool add property value to your home, and if not, why?

For some families, a residential pool can be the center of the home for everyone to enjoy all
summer long. In this market, about 50% of our buyers do not want a pool. About 25% would
like to have a pool and the other 25% are undecided. So, when house hunting for those that do want a pool, or are undecided, pools certainly add value this time of year. A house with a well- maintained pool on a warm, sunny day in July looks inviting to a buyer. And can certainly change the minds of those undecided on pool ownership. However, in late February, when the pools are covered and there is snow on the ground, buyers are not as interested in pools. It’s cold out, and the overall look of a yard is not nearly as inviting as it was when the pool was open.

For sellers, make sure to take photos when your pool is open and the landscaping looks its very best. Save those photos if you decide to list when the pool is closed. Then buyers have an
opportunity to see your backyard and envision their family enjoying a pool during the summer months.

2. Summertime always brings stories to the forefront of accidental drownings and pool-related deaths for young children. As a realtor, what have you seen home owners with a pool do to enhance the safety of their outdoor space?

Pool ownership certainly brings enjoyment for the entire family, but also requires a level of
responsibility in keeping everyone safe. Homeowners have added fences around the pool, with gates that lock and/or have an alarm that will sound if opened. Especially for those with small children, keeping the gates locked is an important safeguard for homeowners.

Another safeguard for pool ownership is locks/alarms on exterior doors. As a pool owner
myself, and a mother of two young children, we added additional locks our children cannot
reach. They were added to sunroom and exterior doors that lead to the pool.

Pools with diving boards, slides and jumping rocks add additional risk to pool ownership and
liability to the homeowner. Especially for those with homes and pools that were installed prior to regulation changes in diving depths, putting you at greater risk for injury. We decided to eliminate the diving board from our own pool. As a mother, I could not risk having my children dive into the pool without 100% certainty the grade and elevation was safe for diving. If you decide to keep these features, homeowners must continue to inspect for defect because they break, crack, or malfunction which will increase risk in use.

A solid cover, one in which pets, children and adults could walk on without falling into the pool is important in pool ownership. Many homeowners still use the tarp to cover their pool during winter months. If you use this method, homeowners must be hypervigilant in keeping everyone away from the pool always. Even if you are an excellent swimmer, falling into a pool
with a tarp cover is extremely difficult to escape. Pool stores sell mesh safety covers that
resemble a trampoline and are generally maintenance free. And from an esthetic perspective,
they look much better for home buyers when buying a home when the pool is closed!

Even with these safety measures, the most important tool for pool ownership is education. The entire family must know the rules. There should always be a responsible adult watching over the pool. Kids must know they are not allowed near the pool without an adult and everyone should know how to swim. Teaching kids to swim, even when you don’t own a pool, is key to keeping your children safe in and around pools all summer long.

3. If a buyer is looking for a home with a pool, what are some of the key things to look for while inspecting that part of the house? Rather than just a beautiful pool or landscape, are there other safety features they should make sure are there?

When buying a home with a pool, it’s important to have a pool inspection performed by a
certified pool specialist. They will ensure the pool is in full working order, the diving boards or water features are safe and the overall pool functions are up to code. If they are not, hopefully the buyers and sellers can come to an agreement in repairing the necessary items so the new owners can fully enjoy the pool.

As I mentioned earlier, the cover is an important safety feature a home buyer should look for.
If they do not have a mesh safety cover, buyers should plan to invest in one as soon as they
assume ownership.

Inman Innovators 2017

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I was honored to be nominated to the 2017 Inman Innovator Awards. Back in March, we decided to pioneer new lawn signs for the Capital Region community. We printed 200 Welcome lawn signs and made them available to our clients and supporters. We received overwhelming support and lots of positive feedback. Our story was picked up by the national real estate publication, Inman News.

The Inman News editors were so moved by our story we were nominated for the 2017 Innovator Award, for the most innovator marketing plan. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but we were proud to be recognized by the national publication among so many talented real estate brokers from across the country.

We’re not giving up. We’ll continue to innovate and experiment with new marketing.

Welcome Lawn Signs

UPDATE: Signs are here. If you’re interested, please submit your information via our order form.

Once you submit your order, you can call the office at 518-423-1916 during M-F, 9am-5pm. All signs will be available for pick up at our office (421 New Karner Rd, #11A Albany NY 12205).

Thanks again for your support. Although the signs are compliments of Monticello, we encourage you to make a donation to a local organization serving immigrants and refugees.

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Hiring a Content Creator

We’re hiring a part-time video content creator to work with our dynamic and growing real estate company. We’re looking for a videographer with their own equipment who can shoot and edit short company videos.

We are seeking a social media driven Videographer and Editor with the skills to tell our company story and educate our customers.

You will be responsible for shooting and editing our videos for our social media including Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

  • You must have excellent storytelling capabilities
  • Knowledge of YouTube video optimization
  • Must posses creative and organizational skills
  • Able to meet numerous deadlines and balance priorities
  • Must be able to work independently and with a team
  • Must have your own video shooting/editing equipment and software