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The quirky features that sell the lifestyle and will attract the perfect buyer-Swimming pools

Think of children's birthday parties or sleepovers where the kids can play in the pool together. Endless fun with floats and pool toys. Or perhaps you would like to swim a few lengths each morning to set you up for the day ahead? Adding a pool could just be that special something that appeals to buyers.
The quirky features that sell the lifestyle and will attract the perfect buyer-Swimming pools
We have come to expect a certain minimum standard in a home. At the very least, you would expect a kitchen, bathroom, a couple of bedrooms and some living space. 

When marketing a property for sale, viewers are comparing the size and perhaps the style and quality of these rooms. You would be shocked, I'm sure, to see a property on the market without a kitchen, for example. So, we look at the fittings, the style, the decor and the overall appearance of these rooms and compare them with other properties we've seen. Over time we learn what we like and don't like, narrowing our search to find the perfect property. 

Occasionally, a property comes to the market with something a little different. An unusual room that provides a different lifestyle to the occupants.

This difference, quirkiness, and individuality make this particular home stand out from the crowd. It encourages more viewings from potential buyers as this property has something a little special that is worth looking at. It will appeal to precisely the right buyer for that home. And as a result, it could mean that the property value is higher because of its USPs.

This article will look at adding a swimming pool to your home. There are many questions to consider when adding a swimming pool. Indoor or outdoor? As an extension to your home or in a separate building? Do you have enough land available to build a pool? 

Think of children's birthday parties or sleepovers where the kids can play in the pool together. Endless fun with floats and pool toys. Or perhaps you would like to swim a few lengths each morning to set you up for the day ahead? 

Adding a pool can bring so much fun for the family and relaxation and at-home exercise for your daily life, without having to find the time to drive to the gym and use the showers and hairdryers there rather than having your own familiar things around you. If you have the space and the budget, and you like to swim, why not build your own?

So, what is involved in building a swimming pool at home?

Space needed: A pool can be any size you want, so it can fit the area you have available. Consider the use of it - will you want to use the pool for exercise and swim lengths each day, or is it more to be used for relaxing and lounging and for the kids and their friends to play? This may help you to decide on the size and shape of the pool, as well as the depth. If you want the pool for exercise, you will need to make it large enough to actually swim, 15 meters or longer, really. Also, at this point, you will need to decide if you want a pool room to have the pool indoors or an outdoor pool. Your geographical location may also help you make this decision, as the Scottish Highlands are somewhat colder than the Southern shores of the UK. 

Planning permission: If you opt for an outdoor pool, you don't usually need to obtain planning permission as it is considered a garden project (visit https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/common-projects/swimming-pools/outdoor-swimming-pool for clarification). But suppose you are thinking of building a pool house to make the pool indoors or converting part of your existing home into a swimming pool. In that case, you will certainly need planning permission and building regulation approval. It may be best to employ an architect to assist in your permissions and the design. 

Maintenance: Swimming pools require a lot of maintenance, from cleaning the pool and the filters to checking the pH levels regularly. There is much to consider to ensure the water is clean, safe, and usable.
Energy uses: It takes a lot of energy to keep a pool warm, and you will likely need a separate room for all of the pumps and heaters to be housed. Our current PM, Mr Rishi Sunak, has recently built a swimming pool in the grounds of his home in North Yorkshire and now needs a new electric supply to handle the heaters so that the pool is warm enough. It is quite a commitment to monthly running expenses, so think about this before digging your garden up.

Having a pool at home can be amazing, bringing endless fun and happiness to your household, from pool parties with friends to relaxing and exercising regularly. Also, with swimming pools still being quite the novelty in the UK, it will most definitely set your home apart from others on the market when you come to sell.

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