The weather is getting cooler so that means you probably aren’t using your backyard swimming pool as much.  But you still need to maintain it, especially if you’re thinking of selling your home.  Even though an in-ground swimming pool only increases the property value by $10,000 for most single-family homes, according to azcentral.com, the pool still needs to be in good shape to even get that amount.  

The exception is the luxury home market with homes priced at $1 million on up.  A local broker says luxury homeowners will retain about 100% of their swimming pool investment.  Not only that, but broker Monika Sott says it’s difficult to sell a luxury property unless there is an in-ground swimming pool. 

It’s not only important to keep your swimming pool in tip-top shape since a potential buyer, most likely, will be wanting to use it.  It’s also important because, as azcentral.com says, signs of neglect on the pool can give a red flag to the buyer that other things in the house might be overlooked, as well.

The website says pools need to be resurfaced every seven to 15 years, at least here in the desert, and can cost from $5,000 to more than $20,000.  

AZcentral.com says the top medium-to-large U.S. cities with the highest percentage of backyard swimming pools include: 

Coral Springs, Fla. – 66 percent

Scottsdale – 62 percent (BF)

Tempe – 46 percent (BF)

Chandler – 40 percent (BF)

Glendale – 37 percent (BF)

Gilbert – 37 percent (BF)

Clearwater, Fla. – 32 percent

Clovis, Calif. – 32 percent

Mesa – 31 percent (BF)

Plano, Texas – 31 percent

SOURCE: Realtor.com, July 2015

So, when is it time to resurface your pool?  Shasta Pools, in Phoenix, says you’ll know.  But so will buyers and sellers.  You’ll start to see fading and small cracks in the plaster, deck, and tile.   

Shasta Pools also notices new homeowners, many times, want to remodel the swimming pool after moving in.  Shasta Pools says a complete redesign can cost $20,000-plus.