Buying a Home With a Pool

With temperatures in Ormond Beach averaging in the mid to high 90’s over the seemingly endless summer, it’s no surprise that swimming pools can be found in most Volusia County homes. A swimming pool provides endless activities for the family, get togethers, and cookouts, and offers a much needed beat from the heat on a hot day. Pools can not only improve your quality of life, they can also raise the value of your home.

cooking by the pool

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Pool?

In Ormond Beach, the average cost of building a new swimming pool is $7,813, but can range anywhere from $2,604 to $13,023. The cost, of course, would depend heavily on the kinds of materials used, size of the pool, and any extra add-ons included, such as built-in waterfalls or screen enclosures. The average cost also accounts for:

  • Labor Costs
  • Costs of Materials & Equipment
  • Additional Costs Such As Surface Preparation & Cleanup Fees

Other costs not included in the estimate can include permit fees, sales tax, inspection fees, landscaping fees, and general contractor fees, if one is used.

Residential Swimming Pool Regulations

Although a pool is a sweet escape that brings thoughts of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation, it’s imperative to remember that they can also be dangerous, which is why ordinances and regulations are put in place. Ordinance number 2010-27, § 1, 4-20-10, Section 14-74.06. of the security requirements states that:

  1. Properties subject to this section shall be maintained in a secure manner so as not to be accessible to unauthorized persons or animals
  2. A “secure manner” shall include, but be not limited to, the closure and locking of windows, doors, gates, fences, swimming pool enclosures, and other openings of such size that may allow a child or adult to access the interior of the property and/or structure. Broken windows shall be secured by reglazing or boarding of the window.

In a nutshell, the Florida Building Code states that all residential swimming pools must either be isolated or enclosed by a barrier, have locks and alarms on all doors or windows that give access to the pool area, all doors or gates must have a self latching device with a release mechanism, or the pool be equipped with an approved safety pool cover.

Does a Pool Add Value to a Home?

home with a pool

Determining the value a pool adds to your home depends on location, location, location. Since we’re in the Sunshine State and temperatures are ideal for swimming almost year round – yes, adding a pool will add value to your home. According to House Logic, a pool can increase the value of your home, on average, up to 7%, or about ⅓ back of the cost of installation. Important factors to remember are:

  • If your home is in a higher end neighborhood where most other homes have pools
  • The pool is regularly maintained and fits with the style of your home and neighborhood
  • The pool doesn’t take up the whole yard, there’s still room for other activities

Adding a pool into your life should be considered if you plan on living in your home for awhile. Base your decision to do so on your enjoyment of it, and that it can also provide health and fitness benefits. The sheer cost upfront is not ideal for adding a pool just to up the ante of selling your home, but it will definitely add value and make your home a stronger competitor in the real estate market if and when you’re ready to sell.

Tips to Selling a Home With a Pool

If you already have a pool installed and are in the seller’s market, there are a few things to consider to optimize buyer interest. Since potential buyers are going to be adding additional costs to pool maintenance every month, it’s in your best interest to ensure they don’t have to spend any more to get your existing pool up to par. Here are some simple suggestions to get ready.

Maintenance. Ensure the condition of your pool is at its prime, it has been regularly cleaned, and all components such as the filter and fuel pump are working correctly. All access points should be secured and should follow the ordinance. Make any repairs to any screen or coverings such as rips, tears, or removing loose debris beforehand. Repair and clean, or pressure wash all patios and decks and seal any cracks or holes.

Landscaping. The areas surrounding you pool or patio are just as important to the eye as the pool itself. Keep the yard maintained and free of pests and make sure flower beds are pruned and weeds are pulled. Add potted or hanging plants around the area to give it a more warm and inviting look.

Staging. You pool shouldn’t just look like a hole in the ground with water in it. It should give off the appeal of a tropical oasis, perfect for a hot summer day escape. Decorate the area with cleaned and polished patio furniture, such as lounge chairs and covered tables, and add festive lighting to spruce up the night look. Positioning an outdoor grill and entertaining areas will flood buyer’s thoughts with images of birthday parties, barbeques, and other lasting memories spent around the pool.

Consider the Market. Based on where your home is located, consider the most likely demographics of potential buyers. Are you more likely to sell to newlyweds planning on starting a family, or retirees itching to spend the Golden Years living in luxury? Families with very young children may be more hesitant to purchase a home with a pool for safety issues, so take all means necessary that safety measures have been taken. Families with teenagers or retired couples are most likely more interested in daily use or for entertainment purposes. Follow these guidelines to fit what will best meet your buyer’s needs.

Ormond Beach Real Estate

kids jumping into a pool

Whether you’re in the market to buy or sell a home in the Ormond Beach area, Ormond Beachside Realty is the go to realty. Professional and experienced Ormond Beach real estate agent Mike Glisson can help you find exactly what you’re looking for, and effortlessly guide you through the process of selling. Give Mike Glisson a call today at (386) 795- 6050 to get started on your next adventure. Your dream home does exist, and Mike will help you find it.

How Long Does It Take To Close On a House

After months or maybe even years of tireless effort put into finding your dream home, from making sure your financials were in order to going on countless home viewings, you’ve finally made your decision and the seller has accepted your offer!


We understand that becoming a homeowner is one of the happiest and most rewarding experiences in a person’s life, but it is not time to relax quite yet – you will still have to go through the real estate closing process, which can provide a host of challenges along the way.

new homeowners getting keys to house

What Is Closing Day?

When buying a home, “closing day” can be defined as the last step in the mortgage process where the home buyer takes ownership of the property. This closing date is often set in advance in the real estate contract signed by both the buyer and seller, and is often around 4-8 weeks after the offer has been accepted by the seller.

It is possible that a buyer and seller can come to terms on an earlier closing date in the purchase contract, but this is ultimately dependent on the lender. If the lender cannot perform their duties by the newly agreed upon date, it doesn’t matter which date is selected as the closing date because it will only close when the lender is ready to close.

How Long Does the Home Closing Process Take?

The home closing process can feel like it takes forever and, believe it or not, it is actually getting longer. A recent study found that, on average, closing on a home now takes approximately 50 days. Though it can be difficult for impatient home buyers and sellers, this process takes time for a reason – namely so that buyers who require mortgages can finish the loan process and property appraisal. If you happen to be part of the minority who can pay for the home with cash, your closing time may be virtually non-existent!

Home buyers should maximize the value of this time period by going over the property title and completing an Ormond Beach home inspection. The closing process also provides both the seller and buyer with time to finalize the plans for their respective moves.

home inspection

What Might Delay the Closing Process?

Unfortunately, there are a multitude of potential pitfalls during the closing process which have the potential to slow it down, including:

  • Low appraisal
  • Underwriter ordering a review of appraisal that does not match the first appraisal
  • Inaccuracies found in the buyer’s credit report
  • More debt discovered in the buyer’s latest credit report
  • New liens or judgments filed against the buyer or seller
  • Marital status change for buyer or seller
  • Required updated financial documents
  • Missing insurance information
  • Loan expirations 
  • Significant changes to loan estimate fees

Accelerating the Closing Process

If you are in a hurry to get into your new home and want to speed along the closing process as much as you can, the following steps may help: 

  • Resolve any issues with the title
  • Take care of any necessary home repairs
  • Communicate throughout the entire process 
  • Buy the house with cash

Ultimately, you can only speed up the process so much because such a large amount of the timing depends on the speed of the lender, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do your part to move things along in a timely manner.

What Documents Are Needed for the Closing Process?

Start your home closing process off on the right foot by knowing what you need. Here is a list of the documents that will be required for you to close on your new home:

couple signing home documents
  • Earnest money deposit
  • Signed escrow instructions
  • Completed home inspection or inspection waiver
  • Final home walk-through
  • Deed of trust
  • Executed promissory note
  • Purchase agreement and addendums
  • Finished home appraisal of property
  • Mortgage company loan approval
  • Signatures on loan documents

By getting those items in order now, you’ll save valuable time later in the closing process and be even closer to moving into your new home.

Buying Ormond Beach Real Estate

If you are ready to start the journey toward home ownership, don’t go it alone. Ormond Beach real estate agent Mike Glisson can help you find your dream home, answer your questions along the way, and make the closing process as smooth as possible. Reach out to Mike today at (386) 795-6050 to learn more about the most beautiful homes available in the Ormond Beach area and schedule a viewing of your favorite.

Home Seller Checklist

For many of us, what makes a home really feel like a home are all the little details and personalized touches we’ve added over the years. From the child’s height chart on the wall to that bright paint we had to have in the kitchen to match the appliances, we surround ourselves with things we are passionate about.

However, in the real estate market, the key is to present your current home as a blank slate so potential buyers can visualize how they will make it their own. This means rolling up your sleeves and putting in some elbow grease to prep your home before putting it on the market. We’ve listed the best tips and tricks to ensure you’re not spending any more time or money than necessary to sell your home.

#1 Downsize and Declutter

Now is the time to get rid of all the unnecessary “stuff” you’ve collected over the years. Conduct a thorough walkthrough of your home and make a list of items in each room that you no longer need. Clean out the garage, attic, and any storage areas on the property. Plan a yard sale or utilize apps to sell off your unwanted items and earn some extra cash in the process. A decluttered home is not only more appealing to buyers, but also leaves you with less baggage to tote with you during your move.

Declutter (keep, recycle, trash, sell, donate)

#2 Perform a Deep Clean

This step is where most of your physical labor will come in. A deep clean is not just a routine vacuuming and dusting. Every inch of your home needs to be cleansed and wiped free from dust, dirt, hair, grime, scuff marks, particles, and the like.

Areas often forgotten during the cleaning process are:

  • Inside of cabinets and drawers
  • Baseboards
  • Tile grout
  • Oven, stove, and microwave interior
  • Ceiling fans and lighting fixtures
  • Behind and under heavy appliances
  • Other hard to reach places

Even though it’s obvious that your home has already been lived in, you don’t want your buyers to get that feeling. High corners, vents, and ceiling fixtures are often forgotten and covered in cobwebs. Curtain rods, shower curtains, blinds, and drapes are also things we don’t normally bother with during an average clean up.  Keep in mind that deep cleaning your home is an easier task after you’ve decluttered.

You can guarantee anyone about to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars is going to be eyeing your home up and down, looking for everything that’s right and wrong with it. Many buyers will say no to a house that hasn’t been fully cleaned because of the work they will have to put into it before they are able to move in, and others may use the need to clean it as leverage for negotiating the price down.

#3 Repair Broken Items

All repairs should be made before putting your home on the market. Focus on small things like door handles, leaky faucets, and squeaky hinges. Most major systems will be evaluated during a home inspection, so don’t worry about the big things for now. This is also the time to remove most of your wall decorations and patch up the holes made from hanging pictures. Replace any cracked tiles, stained carpeting, or peeling countertops.

#4 Repaint Walls

One of the most popular pieces of advice is to repaint your interior walls. Even though you think it looks great as is and makes the room more appealing, it’s important to remember that not everyone has the same taste. Repainting rooms can also make them look nicer, neater, and cleaner. Say goodbye to the bold reds, blues, and oranges, and stick with more neutral colors like white, cream, beige, and light tans.

Fresh painted white walls
White minimalist living room with gray door.

Most potential buyers will pass on a home if they’re not interested in spending the extra time and money to repaint before they can even move in. Opting for lighter neutral colors provides a better chance that whatever furniture they’re bringing will still flow with the color pallette.

#5 Add Curb Appeal

Florida is well-known for its lush and tropical plant life. This is the Sunshine State, so it’s no surprise that many people spend a lot of time outdoors, hanging around the yard and enjoying the nice weather.

The exterior of your home and landscaping around it can be just as crucial to buyers as the interior. Ensure the yard is cut and edged, hedges and low lying branches are trimmed, and spruce up the walkways with some seasonal flowers. Clean out any gutters and make sure the roof is free from debris. Conduct a thorough sweep of the exterior and remove any cobwebs or wasp nests. Don’t forget about the windows! Take time to window treat the glass and keep them clear and sparkling. If your patio, driveway, or another surface are in need of a thorough pressure washing, now is the time to schedule one or pull out your pressure washer.

#6 Hire A Real Estate Agent

Hiring an experienced and personable Ormond Beach real estate agent should be the first step on your home selling journey. The overwhelming amount of paperwork and understanding of the home selling process are reason enough to hire a licensed professional.

  • Mike Glisson
  • Ormond Beachside Realtor
  • (386) 795-6050

Entering the market for sale by owner instead of using a real estate agent can bring many downfalls before, during, and even long after the sale of your home.  These downfalls can include, but are not limited to:

  • Liability, which is entirely on the seller (you)
  • No automatic errors and omissions insurance (to protect you from mistakes)
  • Smaller market reach
  • Longer time on the market
  • Lower purchase price for your home

Selling your home is an important transition that requires the knowledge and insight from a trained and experienced professional. Without such help, you run the risk of possibly being scammed out of money, the very home you are trying to sell, or even potentially being financially responsible for burdens you were not expecting because you didn’t fully understand a clause you signed.

In addition to removing those risks, real estate agents have substantial client bases that your home will be shown to which significantly outweigh the smaller market of people who may happen to come across your home by chance. With a larger showing of your home, you are more likely to sell it quickly and for an asking price you’re comfortable with.

#7 Stage Your Home

This trick makes the walkthrough more enjoyable for the buyer and allows them to better visualize themselves actually living in the home. Smell can be the first sense a buyer experiences when walking through the door, so make sure there aren’t any underlying odors hanging around that you may have become immune to. You can light candles, have soft, inviting music playing in the background, and make a batch of fresh cookies right before the buyer arrives. Since you’ve decluttered, repainted, and scaled back on the decorations, any added touch will help to achieve that welcome home feel.