Pool Removal and Cost: Photos and Process

Pool removal collageIf you are thinking of removing a pool, you may be wondering about the cost and process of doing it.  There are a few approaches to this task, but most people in Silicon Valley decide to have the edges removed, break up the gunnite or concrete bottom (for drainage) and then add compacted soil before re-landscaping.

A more expensive method is to remove all the pieces of rebar and concrete.

The least expensive is to simply leave all of the pool in place, just add soil and landscape.  With that last approach, anyone can view the backyard and see exactly where the pool once was (when seen in homes for sale, it lends itself to snickering – so not advised).

The typical method, partial removal, seems to cost between $10,000 and $20,000 in the San Jose area now (in 2014), depending largely upon what type of new landscaping goes in.  The removal only takes about 1-2 weeks, some of that related to weather conditions and how busy the contractors are at the time.

Pool removal process and pics

Next, please enjoy 12 photos of the pool removal process, care of my clients and friends, whose home is in Willow Glen. By the way, they used POOL IT OUT in Livermore for this job.


Pool full of water

Pool full of water


Pools, saleability and resale value in Silicon Valley

Do pools enhance property value in Silicon Valley back yards?  Do they make homes easier or more difficult to sell in Santa Clara County? What’s the impact on resale valueThe common wisdom is that it depends on the amount of yard or lot size, the price point and the location of the residence. When a pool takes up the majority (or virtually all) of the back yard, most often it makes the property undesirable to buyers – at least to most home buyers – and that, in turn, causes the sales price to slip a bit. It used to be that pools were almost a given on more expensive residential real estate, particularly if there is a lot of land.  Today I ran the numbers, though, and it appears that things have changed.  Below please find the “months of inventory” for homes with and without pools and note that it is very consistent, in the fields I checked, that it’s now harder to sell a home with a pool than without.


Pools and months of inventory for houses in Santa Clara County

Pools appear to make it harder to sell a home in Santa Clara County right now.