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Old 04-14-2012, 06:35 AM
 
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We're relocating to Plano. We have found the perfect house, except it has a pool. With two community/HOA pools nearby we do not want a pool in the yard. Has anyone ever filled in a pool with soil for grass or concrete for a patio? Does anyone know how much this would cost?
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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We're relocating to Plano. We have found the perfect house, except it has a pool. With two community/HOA pools nearby we do not want a pool in the yard. Has anyone ever filled in a pool with soil for grass or concrete for a patio? Does anyone know how much this would cost?
Thanks....
Hum...sounds like a waste of money to me. I mean the cost of the pool is factored into cost of the house. The owners could careless if you fill in the pool, but you're still going to pay for it first. The house looses value because of it...instant upside down on your mortgage.

If you're still set of doing it, you're going to need 2-4 Sledge Hammers, Case of Beer, and some Steaks. Then tell the BF/Husband to invite his friends over and bust up the Cool Deck around the pool. Then hire some contractor to bring in a load or two of dirt. That's how we did a friends pool when they told him it was going to cost 15k to fix it. Don't forget to mention Tito the tax appraiser's office so you can get the house re-appraised and see if you get a reduction on taxes.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:49 AM
 
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I wouldn't even consider doing that unless the the pool is a very POC with derelict equipment, plumbing or the pool itself is failing.

I'd ask your realtor about the financial implications.

If you fill it in you'll also have to figure out how to adjust your irrigation system to water the new area.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Prosper
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My uncle did this on his home, as he got tired of the maintenance. Biggest mistake he ever made he said. In addition to losing probably 20-30k in home value, he filled it in with dirt and grew grass, but kept the patio around it, so it just looked strange and out of place.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:42 PM
 
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Don't forget to factor in the cost of the lost home value.

This is a horrible idea. The cost of destroying the pool and the loss of value will buy you many years of a pool service to make it hassle free.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Plano
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Don't forget to factor in the cost of the lost home value.

This is a horrible idea. The cost of destroying the pool and the loss of value will buy you many years of a pool service to make it hassle free.
BigT3 is correct , it is an horrible idea . Your house will loose some serious value if you just fill out the pool with soil.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Your realtor shouldn't be showing you homes with pools if you said you don't want a pool...

I agree with everyone else that filling in the pool with dirt will be a horrible idea, and will greatly devalue your property!
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:22 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Actually a pool can devalue a property as much as it can increase its value; it all depends on the market. If the pool of buyers on average don't want a pool, a pool is a bad thing. If the pool of buyers desire a pool, it becomes a good thing. (For example when my grandparents sold their house, their in-ground pool was a liability; most of the feedback from buyers indicated that they didn't want a pool. The pool was in excellent working condition and the backyard was beautifully landscaped. Most of the buyers were first-timers buying a starter home for a young/growing family or empty nesters looking to downsize.)

OP, don't even think about demolishing an in-ground pool without talking to professionals. You should also contact the city of Plano about the potentially required permits to do so. They may require a permit and it may go so far as to mandate that qualified plumbers do some of the work.

Or you could cut out all of that inconvenience and expense and just buy a house that does not already have a pool.

Having an in-ground pool professionally removed can easily run into the thousands. You should not even think about doing it yourself unless you're pretty handy.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:09 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Don't forget to factor in the cost of the lost home value.

This is a horrible idea. The cost of destroying the pool and the loss of value will buy you many years of a pool service to make it hassle free.
Yep, they are about to spend $3k to get rid of something that probably has a $15k-$30k value to the house.

They are going to buy a home and lower it's resale value. Not a great idea.
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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If you purchase the home using a mortgage and then remove the pool, it may negate your mortgage agreement because of the different appraisal amounts.
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