New house, new pool: What you need to know

Buying a home with a pool? Here’s what you need to know

Pools often get mixed reactions from potential home buyers. People are either ecstatic about the idea of having a pool in the backyard, or say it’s a complete deal breaker. Having a pool in your backyard is a big commitment, and while it’s one that can bring summers full of entertainment, swimming, and hosting, some may see it as a long term commitment of care and resources.

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Many people wonder: Is a pool right for our home? Owning a pool is a very personal decision, and if you or your family is thinking it’s right for you — that’s great! A pool can bring many positives to home ownership. However, there are also many reasons potential buyers hesitate. Before you jump in — literally! — here are some things you should know about owning a pool.

Is a pool the right investment to increase home value?

Yes and no. It really depends on where you live — in warmer climates, owning a pool is a major plus. But, we live here in Canada where our summers can be hit or miss. While it also depends on the province (East and West coasters have different weather), many home buyers in Canada are split on whether or not a pool is a value add, making the investment can be a gamble.

If you’re considering installing a pool, only invest a modest amount that you can afford and ensure it’s the right fit for your home. Does it fit nicely in the property lot? Is it going to be well designed and maintained? Is your neighborhood a family-friendly neighborhood which would attract the right pool-friendly buyers? All of these are good questions to consider whether or not a pool is the right investment to increase your home value. If you’re on the fence, feel free to consult your realtor, as they’re experts on the real estate market and can give you some insight.

Long-term commitment & care

A pool is a ton of fun, but they don’t take care of themselves! A pool requires constant upkeep to ensure the water is swimmable and it remains in top working condition. Pools require not only time, but also a significant financial commitment to take care of a pool all year round.

Some questions to ask yourself: Are you a family that will have time to take care of the pool? Does the overall care and maintenence fit into your budget? If you’re too busy, do you have the budget to pay someone to maintain the pool? If something breaks, do you have enough slush money to pay for repairs?

Pools definitely don’t come cheap, and although many families would say the investment and maintenance is worth it, others end up burdened with the costs.

To get a rough idea at the financials, here are some costs you should prepare for:

  • Insurance: You’ll have to add insurance to your home insurance, and it may impact your premium. Plan on adding cost to your monthly insurance bill.
  • Chemicals: Pools require weekly, monthly, and yearly upkeep. The average cost of pool chemicals can cost you anywhere between $300 to $800, depending on how long you keep it open each year.
  • Pool cover & fencing: You want your pool to be safe and taken care of in the winter. You’ll likely have to invest in a pool cover, and should consider adding in a fence to ensure children or pets can’t run in and out of the pool area unattended. There are local municipality By-law stating that all pools have to be fenced. It’s always best to refer to your municipal by-law


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  • Heating cost: Due to cooler Canadian summers, most families typically choose to heat their pools. Heating costs can run you anywhere between $100-$300 [ Approx ] a month, depending on the size of your pool.
  • Cleaning: Whether your DIY and pay for all of the tools, or hire some professionals, ensure that you include the cost of cleaning in your yearly (or monthly) pool budget.

Repairs & Budgeting

Once you’ve accounted for all of the upkeep costs, also consider having a bucket of budget set aside for potential repairs. Pools are outside and filled with water, so it’s no surprise that breakdowns and issues often arise each year. On top of any unplanned costs, there’s also basic upkeep costs, like a resurfacing your pool every 8-10 years, replacing the pump motor, getting a new liner every 15 years, fixing any plumbing or leak issues, and any other unplanned pool mishap.

If you’re buying a house with a pool, ask the real estate agent to get all the stats on the pool so you know what you may be in for: How big is the pump? When was it installed? How old is the cover? How much does the current home owner spend on maintenance and repairs? Etc. If you’re starry eyed about owning a pool, make sure you get all of the details before signing on the dotted line. Pools can be an amazing addition to your life, but also can come with a lot of responsibility. Get informed the best you can to know if your new pool is right for you.


So, do I want a pool?

Only you can know if a pool is the right choice for your lifestyle and home owning needs. Many families sing praises about owning a pool and love throwing pool parties, teaching their children to swim, lounging poolside, and don’t mind the responsibility and costs with it. Other families, curse and swear about their pool. As long as you do your research and fully understand what’s involved, chances are you will quickly realize what the right move is for you. If you’re still on the fence, hang out with someone who has a pool to get the full low down for what you’re getting into!

If you’re against owning a pool, but fall in love with a home that has a pool installed, talk to your realtor about options. You can always fill in or remove a pool if you’ve found a home that’s absolutely the one for you, excluding the pool.

The Bottom Line

Buying a house with a pool can be fabulous! Whether or not it adds value to the home depends on many factors…. and enjoy the summer weather.

Want to talk through the pros and cons? Reach out today! We are always happy to help.

Puckrin & Latreille Real Estate Group

call / text:  905.985.7300

Re/Max All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage


Summer activities for kids in Durham

Things to do with kids in the Durham Region this summer

10 fun (and cheap!) things to do with kids this summer

Summer is in full swing, and the kids are loving being out of school. With nice full days of sunshine and warm weather, it’s the perfect time to create new memories. It’s the perfect time to cut back on spending on things, and instead invest in time together as a family.

Luckily, there’s a ton of free or cheap activities to do with your children in the Durham Region. Your kids will love spending time with you outdoors, and you’ll enjoy having them entertained for hours! A win-win for summer!

Here’s a round-up of our favorite Durham Region activities to try this summer.

1. Explore the Scugog Shores Museum Village (1655 Reach Street, Port Perry)


Located on Scugog Island, you’ll be able to take your kids for a real adventure to the Village overlooking the picturesque town of Port Perry. With 12 restored buildings, heritage flower gardens, and Ojibway Heritage Interpretive Lands, you can learn about history while taking in some new sites. See it for yourself on the Scugog Shores museum Instagram and Facebook page.

The Village is open 7 days a week, from 10am – 4pm, with guided tour available daily.


2. Cool off at the Cedar Park Resort water park (6296 Cedar Park Road, Bowmanville, ON)

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One of the best water parks in the region, the Cedar Park Resort has something for everyone to enjoy. With big waterslides, pools, and splash pads to play in, it’s the perfect way to spend a nice, hot day. Bring a picnic, some sunscreen and towels, and plan to spend a full day at the park!

Open Monday to Thursday from 10am – 6pm and Friday to Saturday, 10am – 7pm.

P.S – Get extra points after a fun day by stopping at the Enniskillen General Store for Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream. They’re just a 5 min drive north of the water park.

3. NEB’s Fun World – Free Bowling for Kids (1300 Wilson Rd N, Oshawa, ON)

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From July 2 until August 31, Kids age 15 and younger can get two free games of bowling a day all summer if you sign up online for your free pass. With 5 and 10 pin bowling, as well as Cosmic Bowling, NEB’s is a great place to escape the heat or hide away on a rainy day this summer.

Contact NEB’s Fun World for more information here.

4. Relax in a local Park

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The best thing about summer is the weather, and what a better way to enjoy it than a blanket, some music, food, and a picnic. Our top pick is Palmer Park in Port Perry (175 Water St, Port Perry, ON). With playgrounds, splash pads, and tons of green space, there’s lots for everyone to see and do for a day.

Also, from August 4-6, Ribfest is in town! Get more details here.


5. Learn how to skateboard (Port Perry, ON)

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The township of Scugog has three skateboard parks to choose from: Unity Skateboard Park, Blackstock Skateboard Park, and Ceasarea Skateboard Park. Kids are recommended to bring a helmet, knee and elbow pads, as well as wrist guards to avoid any tears and children under 10 should have an adult with them.

Don’t be shy – ask someone to show you the ropes!

6. Get out on the water at Trent Severn Waterways Locks (Port Perry/Kawartha Lakes, ON)

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Celebrating Canada’s 150 this year, the locks have waived their fees for everyone to enjoy. Hop on a boat and explore the waterways from the North Durham Region on Lake Scugog on up to the Kawartha Lakes. Make sure to stop and enjoy some lunch at our favorite spots: Fenelon Falls or Bobcaygeon are a must-try.

And, of course, find some of that yummy Kawartha Dairy ice cream!

7. Catch an outdoor movie at the Lindsay Twin Drive-In

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Your kids will go wild about getting to watch a movie in the car. Pack some snacks and kick back the seats for a sunset showing or a late night show for that special occasion. You can even pack blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the movie outside on the grass.

See what’s playing here.


8. Take in the beauty of Balsam Provincial Park (2238 Hwy 48 R.R #1, Kirkfield, ON

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One of the best and most beautiful provincial parks is in our area is Balsam Lake Provincial Park on Balsam Lake. With it’s stunning landscape and clean environment, the park makes for the perfect day trip with an hour drive time from Port Perry. Your kids will love taking in the nature of the trails, lake, and wildlife there is to see at Balsam Lake Park.

If you’re up for it, book a campsite and stay the weekend.

9. Check out the Blackstock Fair, August 26-27 (3440 Church St, Blackstock, ON)

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Games, climbing walls, bouncy castles (with a $5 play all day wristband, too!), tractor rides, chainsaw carving, camels, and a demolition derby on Friday, what can get better than the Blackstock Fair? Your kids will LOVE everything at the fair and it’ll be fun for the whole family. Check out the Olympic Joust for an interesting take on a fun game and try out the 55’ climbing wall for an adrenaline rush. Bring ear protection for the young ones, as it can tend to get loud!

More information can be found here.


10. Catch a FREE concerts in the Park at Palmer Park, every Sunday evening (175 Water St, Scugog ON)

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Bring your lawn chair or blanket to the Gazebo in Palmer Park every Sunday evening from June 18 to September 3. The fun begins at 6:30 pm and it’s absolutely free. If you want to skip making dinner, grab a delicious pizza from Jim’s Pizza across Palmer Park. As you listen to the lovely music, the kids can enjoy playing at the park between bites.

Did we miss your favourite spot for summer fun in Durham Region or Kawartha Lakes? Please let us know so we can check it out!

Have a great and safe summer


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