Park Ridge, Illinois is a highly sought after housing market. Our client purchased this house with the intent to fix it up as a rental. Removing the old, unused pool in the backyard was a big part in getting the house ready.
We broke up the all concrete pool and hauled it all offsite. Park Ridge, IL does not allow any part of the pool to be buried onsite. We also removed the concrete walk around the pool.
As we do with all our pool removals, we brought in clean fill material and compacted in layers. After bringing in pulverized topsoil, spreading grass seed and installing erosion control blanket, we finished the job and left the future renters with an expansive back yard.
If you live in the greater Chicagoland or Denver Metro areas please do not hesitate to give us a call about swimming pool removal or any of the other services that we offer.
Our clients enjoyed having a pool in the backyard, however over time it became more than they wanted to deal with. The liner needed to be replaced and the steel pool walls were beginning to rust and fail. They had not used the pool in a few years and decided it was time for it to go.
This vinyl liner pool removal in Barrington was a pool style we have seen many times in the area. This pool consisted of a vinyl liner, steel sides and a vermiculite bottom. Not all liner pools have a concrete pool bottom, some are a form of vermiculite (like this one) that is very chalky and easy to break up.
We removed the steel side and concrete walk around the pool and disposed of both offsite. No material from the pool was buried. We then brought in clean back fill material, compacted in layers and brought the area to rough grade. The pool had been slightly raised so we graded out the area to give our client’s a level, usable backyard. We finished with grass seed and ersosion control blanket to blend the new lawn area into the existing lawn.
If you live in the greater Chicago or Denver areas please do not hesitate to give us a call about swimming pool removal or any of the other services that we offer. Also make sure to visit our experience page to see some of our previous pool removal work.
This can be a topic that varies depending on who you ask and where you are located. The landscape architects at Mack Land specialize in pool removals and always recommend removing the concrete, no matter if the code allows it to be left onsite. Ideally this is the right thing to do and adds the most value. However, site constants, access and budget sometimes make leaving the concrete the only feasible option.
Most towns do not see a lot of pools being removed and have not put a lot of thought in to their code. Some towns have no code at all. The most basic code we commonly see is to perforate the pool bottom and take the sides down 24” below grade. Well that’s OK if your seller is looking to do the bare minimum. What if the next homeowner wants to put a pool back in, or an addition?
Removing a pool in today’s market.
Gain a larger backyard with more usable and marketable space for realtors to sell. Potentially lower property taxes.
Houses without pools appeal to a broader market.
Houses being sold “as-is” with a pool in disrepair will decrease the value of the home more than it will cost to remove it. Surrounding property values may be negatively affected as well.
When you are sitting at the closing table, a new buyer can take issue to the concrete being left onsite even if the code allows it and try to leverage a better price. This is more likely to occur in a buyers’ market. In a sellers’ market, people are more likely to overlook these concerns. In elite communities, we feel it always pays to remove the pool in its entirety.
As we stated earlier, removing the concrete is the most ideal thing to do but is not always feasible. If you decide to leave the concrete, the entire swimming pool should be thoroughly broken down into small pieces. An excavating contractor or a pool removal only contractor are concerned only about getting the job and want to get in and out as fast as possible They will want to do the bare minimum and they will not be concerned about minimizing the damage to the property because they are more than likely not going to have to restore it. These bids always seem cheaper.
If the client chooses not to haul everything off, Mack Land thoroughly breaks up the entire pool into small pieces of concrete (see below). We go above and beyond to remove all plastics, metals, wood, and vegetation and recycle it off site. Also, we make sure the fill dirt is clean and suitable for compaction and from a local residential source. In addition, we typically use plywood/ground protection along the access route. Our specialized low ground pressure machinery also reduces our impact to the work area. We include a professional restoration and we always use the highest quality seed and turf. Mack Land is so confident, we are providing pool removal closure reports and a lifetime warranty on our pool removals. The pool removal closure report is a great tool to have on hand during real estate deals – documentation of the process from start to finish.
Don’t pay to get the pool removed twice, get it done right the first time.
Not all contractors care about homeowners like Mack Land does. We are committed to add value to your real estate. Why? We care about the buyer and the seller. We are not going to push anyone into something because it is easier for us. Whether it is a buyers’ or sellers’ market, it pays to do the job right the first time. Improperly removed swimming pools can be something that can be a nightmare at the closing table or haunts you down the road, even after the real estate transaction has been completed. Most states require you to disclose landfills. Buried concrete can be considered landfill material. No matter how you interpret the laws and codes, morally, you should feel obligated to disclose the buried pool removal to the next owner.
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If you’re in the greater Chicago or Denver areas please contact us to discuss your pool removal options.
Every time you look into the back yard you see it and it haunts you
At night you may lie awake trying to figure out how to deal with the problem
Neighbors may be complaining and you may start receiving letters from the City or Village
2. Increase Real Estate Value
Gain a bigger yard with more usable space and a more marketable space for realtors to sell
Houses without pools appeal to a broader market – backyard space allows for options
Houses being sold “as is” with a pool in disrepair will decrease the value of the home more than it will cost to remove it and may decrease surrounding property values
The cost of removing a pool in disrepair will be significantly offset by the value it adds to the property and it will make the property easier to sell
Safety concerns for children and pets is reduced
3. Save Money
Property Tax Reduction – Pool are considered usable space are you are taxed on it
Reduce your Home Owners Insurance Premium – Pools are a safety liability
Lower your monthly utility costs, energy costs are constantly rising, your pool will only become more expensive
Water costs are rising
Repairing an old pool will cost a lot more than it will be to remove a pool over the long run
4. Public Pools are like Water Parks
Public pools are up-to-date with latest safety features such as shallow pools for toddlers
Public pools increase social interaction among children and parents, making a community stronger
Your taxes are paying for the public pools, so why not use them
5. Reduce West Nile Mosquito Breeding Grounds
Abandoned pools are the ideal spot for mosquitoes to breed
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