Attention homebuyers! If you’re scoping the market for a new home in southwest Florida, and you’ve got your eyes on some properties with pools, Bahama Blue is here to help!
Sarasota and Manatee counties are rich with incredible pool properties. And rightly so! Our weather here supports people who want to enjoy their pools year-round.
Still, you should know what you’re getting into before you buy. Here are a few things to look for and questions to ask.
Condition—of the pool itself, as well as its equipment
You don’t have to be a pool expert to recognize some of the most glaring issues with a pool. Cracks and leaks anywhere in the pool lining or the surrounding area are big red flags.
But pool problems can be hidden, too. So much of a pool’s equipment and infrastructure aren’t in plain sight. Make sure you have a pool inspection expert examine the whole system.
How much will repairs and upgrades cost?
Maybe the issues you find are minimal. Or maybe you’ve scouted a pool in great condition, but you’ve got some ideas for upgrades. This will especially be an issue with older pools that haven’t been kept up to current safety and energy-efficiency laws and guidelines.
If you’ve never owned a pool before, you might not know how complicated and expensive this kind of work can be. Get a clear idea of the price tag before you get your hopes up.
How much will this affect my homeowner’s insurance?
Floridians already have a lot of things to consider when it comes to homeowner’s insurance. Pools in Florida further complicate things. Make sure you’re taking your insurance premiums into account when you budget for ongoing expenses.
How much will maintenance cost?
To properly enjoy your pool—and to make sure it doesn’t negatively affect your home’s value—it needs regular maintenance. First consider how much of that upkeep you’d like to do yourself. Then scout local pool companies to see what services they offer and how much they charge.
If you’re buying a property with a pool anywhere from Lakewood Ranch to Longboat Key, from Palmetto to Venice and everywhere in between, Bahama Blue’s experts can help answer all of your questions.