Stay Positive, Make Quarantine a ‘StayCation’!


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Stay Positive, Make Quarantine a ‘StayCation’!

These past few weeks have undoubtedly been a time of change and struggle for us all, as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

While watching the news and stuck inside, it is hard not to be pessimistic and feel a bit down. However, we want to take this time to shed a positive light on some aspects of this quarantine.

For one, this change has really made us appreciate so many aspects of our life that we often take for granted, after all “you never know what you got ’til it’s gone.” This could be anyone, such as your best friend, or anything, like your favorite restaurant — we personally are missing going to the beach and seeing the sunset. However, you will see your family and friends again and most restaurants will reopen, and, when this happens, the friendships and experiences shared will be better than they ever were before

The other great aspect of the quarantine is it is giving us that break that many of us have longed for — in our opinion, this is just one big “StayCation.” Staying in your home may seem inconvenient at times, but these will be the days you miss in a few months when you are back at the office.

Finally, and most importantly, this time has been a great opportunity to spend this StayCation with our loved ones. We know many of our friends feel the same and have discussed how grateful they are to be able to spend this time with and grow closer to their family. We have even found ourselves Zooming those friends and family that we are socially distanced from.

We have also found joy from a number of former clients reaching out to discuss how happy they are to be enjoying their ‘Outdoor Living’ space during this StayCation. With the weather getting better, we hope everyone is taking every opportunity they can to be outside, whether it be working or relaxing. In the coming weeks, we will be discussing the best way to make the most of this StayCation.

We hope you and your families are all safe and well, and our thoughts are with those struggling from the impacts of COVID-19. Shoot us an email and let us know what you have missed most during these last few weeks of quarantine!

We would love to hear from you all!

Unexpected Benefits of Pool Ownership

Over the years, our clients have had various reasons for installing a pool – in fact, we have probably heard every reason out there. Regardless of your motive, there are often a few key value-adds that people overlook. This week we want to touch on a few of those unexpected benefits, so pool owners can keep appreciating their pools and non-pool owners can find a few more reasons to make the jump!

Healthier Life

We have talked a lot in the past about the health benefits of a pool and did a recent post about the benefits of water yoga. However, we wanted to reiterate this point because it benefits both you and your children or grandchildren. In the age of technology, kids are spending more and more time playing video games and sitting in front of a screen, but a pool is a great way to get the kids outside and exercising. Pools also offer a healthy opportunity to exercise with minimal joint pressure, so any age can find health benefits in a pool.

Keeping the Kids at Home

Whether you are a helicopter parent or not, we can all admit we get a little worried when the young ones are running around town. With a pool, every local kid will want to spend time in your backyard, so your kids can spend more time at home. Thus, you can have peace of mind knowing where they are and that they are safe. We talked about ways to get your kids in the pool here.

Cross-Generational Fun

How many activities can you think of that both grandparents, parents, and children can enjoy together? I would imagine pretty few, but here is one: swimming. With a pool, you can make sure both your kids and their kids learn to swim in your backyard. We have had many clients with adult children who were hesitant to buy a pool, but the ability to swim with their grandchildren made adding a pool worth it.

Aesthetic & Home Improvement Value

Sunset prides itself on making sure all our projects are of the highest-quality, and the customers see benefits. By comparing before and after pictures, you can see the transformational power a beautiful pool can bring, check out the video below for proof. The value-add goes beyond that though, as a pool can significantly increase your home’s market value, which we talked about here. The up-front price of a pool may seem daunting, but this increase in value and the priceless experiences along the way make it worth it.

Let us know: What benefit do you like the most about your pool?

Using Your Pool to Maximize Real Estate Value

It’s no secret that pools increase the real estate value of your home. With the nice year-round climate in southern California we are able to keep our pools open year-round, and, thus, pools add significantly more value to your home. There are a few simple steps you must take when selling the house to ensure you get this value. In this blog, we will cover what simple steps you should follow while selling your house in order to make sure your pool adds value rather than turning away customers.


Open up the Pool and Keep It Clean

Pool and SpaNothing would turn away a potential buyer faster than a dirty pool or one that is covered up by a pool cover. When you are looking to put your house on the market you should be keeping your pool as clean as possible. Additionally, you want to ensure you especially clean your pool before an open house and take your pool cover off to show off that beautiful pool that is the centerpiece of your backyard.


Be Prepared

Maintaining a pool is not easy and is also not cheap, and buyers know this. Therefore you want to be upfront about the costs and effort that must go into maintaining a pool; in doing so, you will give the buyers confidence. One thing you may want to consider is having a pool binder that has all the information regarding the pool and previous records along with a list of reputable service companies. This will only further alleviate buyer skepticism and can show the buyers your professionality. Finally, another good idea is to include the pool accessories and equipment you have purchased as part of the deal. Granted if you are moving to a house with another pool then you may want to keep it, but if you are moving to a house without a pool then you will no longer have use for this gear and its addition to the deal will only boost value.


Time it Correctly

girls playing in poolIf you are selling a property with a pool then you should put the house on the market around the beginning of summer. You want the weather to be warm causing your buyers to possibly desire a pool more than they would during the winter months. Plus, nobody wants to buy a pool when it is cold and raining outside. With this being said, if you are in a rush to sell your house then a pool in the winter is not a game changer – it just may prevent you from achieving the maximum value your estate could reach.


A pool can and should add value to your home – all it should take is a few simple actions. By acting helpful and romanticizing your pool, you will boost buyer confidence and as a result boost your real estate value.