Los Angeles is HOT, especially in the summer, especially if you live in the Valley. In your search for homes, you may wonder if you should open up the home search to houses without a pool, with the hope that you can add one down the line.
Building a pool in Los Angeles can be a great way to enhance your outdoor living space and add value to your home. But before you dive headfirst into building that backyard oasis, there are a few things to consider.
First, you'll need to check with your local city or county building department to make sure you're not breaking any zoning laws or building codes. Trust us, the last thing you want is a pool that's not up to code and a hefty fine to go along with it.
Size and location
When it comes to size and location, make sure you're not building a pool that's bigger than your backyard or your neighborhood's homeowners association allows. And don't forget to check for any drainage or easement areas that could cause problems down the line.
And let's talk about the elephant in the room, cost. Building a pool can be expensive, like "I-just-won-the-lottery" expensive. So make sure you've budgeted accordingly and have enough money to cover the cost of the pool, permits, inspections, and maintenance.
Finally, think about the long-term impact of a pool on your property value. Sure, adding a pool can potentially add value to your home, but it depends on several factors such as location, home value, and demand for homes with pools in your area. Do your research and make sure it's the right choice for you.
Before you jump into building a pool, make sure you're not just swimming in hot water.
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