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Old 08-30-2011, 01:27 PM
 
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Hi everyone! I'm buying a home in Virginia. I have looked at several, and the place I fell in love with is perfect... except it has an above ground pool. I don't like above ground pools in general (from an appearance and liability standpoint). This one is nicely done, with a small deck attached, and I can tell the ground beneath it has been leveled and covered with gravel.
Does anyone know if it is out of the question to ask for the pool to be removed? Or if a better price could be negotiated on the home due to the cost that will be involved in removing the pool?
Or should I just move on and look at other houses? It seems like removing the pool, getting rid of the gravel, and making the area match the rest of the yard would be a huge hassle.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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I think you have to do it yourself after you buy the house. You don't like the pool but the other buyers might like it, so the seller won't remove the pool.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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No, you can't reasonably ask to have a pool removed. That would be a huge expense for the sellers. If you really like the house, why not just buy it and then put on some sort of hard cover on top of the pool?
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:13 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Of course you can ask for it to be removed.
HOW you ask, what considerations or conditions you want to go along with that, can vary.
And be prepared for counter conditions.
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Maine
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It never hurts to ask -- they can just say "no way", that's all. Perhaps if they are having a hard time selling it and you offer full price or close to it, they'd consider it. What does your agent say?
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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How hard would it be to take it out yourself? just drain it, wrap it up and take it to the dump.
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:57 PM
 
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Think of it from the seller's point of view: they have to remove it before closing, but they can't be absolutely SURE closing will happen, so they will be afraid they will be out the $, and left with a house that might be harder to sell (if only because of the bare spots left).

Make an offer that you are comfortable with, assuming that you will have to deal with removing the pool.
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Everything's negotiable, including removing an above ground pool just like asking a seller to remove a swing set because they don't have kids. If you're worried about them balking about the removal prior to closing, give them a 1 day lease-back to remove it after it funds.
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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How hard would it be to take it out yourself? just drain it, wrap it up and take it to the dump.
Bingo!
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

(well, it probably isn't, but ... )

Would you ask a seller to remove a tree you didn't like? Or a fence?
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