If you’re a keen swimmer, are raising a family or love having guests to visit during summer, a swimming pool is a must-have. In Mosman, many properties have their own swimming pools. At the luxury end of the market, this feature is ubiquitous.

A pool can be an excellent addition and selling point for your Mosman property but only if it looks great, is well-maintained and optimises your backyard.

Here are some tips to help you decide if a pool is right for you, and for upgrading an existing swimming area.

To pool or not to pool?

There is nothing like walking out your own back door, towel in hand, for a dip on a hot day. Having a swimming pool means no cruising the beach looking for parking, no jellyfish stings and no sand in your shoes.

When you have children, a swimming pool will be used all summer round and is a draw card for their friends. Older children and teens who are confident in the water can be left to their own devices for hours. Pools also give young children an opportunity to learn and accelerate their swimming skills (while supervised).

A pool can also add value to your home, particularly for the upper end of the market where buyers expect to see them as a feature of the outdoor area.

If you have a property without a pool and are considering putting one in, think about how much you will use it. Have you had access to a pool in the past and genuinely made the most of it? Do you only enjoy a dip from time to time or are you a passionate swimmer?

Aside from the cost of regular maintenance, there are two reasons to skip putting in a new pool. Firstly, if you’re really honest with yourself and know your pool won’t get a great deal of use, it is not worth the expense and ongoing commitment.

Secondly, be wary about installing a pool if it means sacrificing the only level open space in your backyard. Even in Australia’s warm climate, we don’t tend to swim year-round so eliminating a grass section for children and dogs to stretch their legs will likely be a mistake. Reducing your yard size to add a pool could also have a negative impact on your home’s value.

Putting a pool in your Mosman property

If you decide to go ahead with a pool, you’ll need to consider the following factors:

  • Shape
  • Depth
  • Size
  • Style
  • Material
  • Location
  • Purpose

Do you want a lap pool for yourself or a watery playground for the kids? How much of your garden are you prepared to lose, and do you want your pool to be a standout feature that can be seen from the house?

You’ll need to talk to a specialist about the suitability of your land for holding this large in-ground structure. In some cases, your ideas may not align with what’s possible.

There is also the safety factor, with laws dictating fencing requirements and restricting where your pool can be placed in relation to neighbouring properties.

Work with a reputable pool installer and choose an understated design that will not rapidly go out of fashion.

Upgrading your pool

Everything dates and ages, even swimming pools. To improve the value of your Mosman property, a swimming pool upgrade may be in order.

There are several options to save you from digging up the whole pool up and starting again. These include resurfacing the area around the pool by replacing the tiles or adding wooden decking.

Updating the lining of your pool can also give it a fresh look. While it does depend on what you have currently, there are a number of options to choose from, including:

  • Tiles
  • Glass ‘beads’
  • Stone
  • Plaster
  • Fibreglass
  • Concrete

You can also upgrade pool fencing to make your garden look more modern. Switch from a dated pillar-style fence to stylish glass panels, which are shatterproof and difficult for small children to climb.

There may also be the option to play with the pool’s shape or add a spa as a way to upgrade your pool and the area around it. Finally, new LED lighting brings a modern touch.

A swimming pool, especially if it looks fabulous, will definitely add value to your property, so long as there is still a usable area of flat grass. Contract a local pool cleaner to keep it in good condition and it will be a welcome addition for your family and future buyers.

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Jonathon De Brennan & team

Jonathon De Brennan & team

As Principal of De Brennan Property, I'm proud to offer a bespoke real estate service for clients with properties located in and around Mosman. Having repeatedly delivered record results across Sydney’s Lower North Shore, our proven home sale strategies achieve enviable prices for local, expat and international clientele. Your property campaign will be unique and tailored specifically to your property and it's ideal buyer. You'll receive daily contact from me alongside a personalised level of service from my dynamic team.

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