The great thing about pools is that everyone can enjoy them. The young, the old and the in-between can have tons of fun at BARBECUES, parties or even little get-togethers. But there is a lot more that goes into having a pool than meets the eye. There are costs associated with it and special responsibilities.
If you’re unsure about installing a pool in your backyard pay close attention to these pros and cons before making your decision:
- Having a pool in your backyard is a lot of fun. Not only can you swim and splash about, but you can play pool and ball games with your entire family! And, if you’re not one for excitement you can lounge by the pool and sunbathe or float on your pool bed. Your house will definitely be the ‘cool house’ and hangout spot for you and your kid’s friends.
- It’s convenient. After a long day at work or a hot summer day, nothing beats a dip in a pool to destress you or cool you down. You will no longer have to leave home and wait in lines, pay for memberships or deal with unsavory characters at a community pool. The added benefit of having your own private pool that you control yourself is a benefit all to itself as well.
- It can help you stay in shape. Swimming is actually a great way to keep in shape especially if you’re not into impact exercise. It also promotes lung and heart health and weight loss. This is a great form of exercise for people of all ages and will save you the time, energy and money it would take you to join a gym! Even if you’re not a big swimmer, learning few water aerobics moves is also a great low impact exercise for any age level.
- Owning a pool adds an additional duty of care for homeowners. You will be held liable for any harm or injury that occurs as a result of having a pool on your property. The pool will have to be childproofed if you will have toddlers or small children around your house. This includes installing meshes, locks, fencing, and so on to prevent them from falling in. Even then, you will have to properly supervise because you will be held accountable.
- Pools require a lot of maintenance. You will have to clean it regularly using the right chemicals and techniques or else a myriad of problems can arise. This involves a variety of diseases and infections which afflict the skin, ears, eyes, respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological systems, and open wounds. Algae and other bacteria forming in the pool will also make it look very unsightly.
- You might not get back what you spend on the pool when you sell your house. This is because the market demands greatly affect how much your house can potentially be sold for. So, don’t just go building a $100,000 pool and think you will be earning $100,000 more just because the house has a (very expensive) pool. Be sure to do proper research before making such large investments because you might not see great returns.
There are more pros and cons that were not listed but this should be enough to bring you one step closer to making your decision. So, will you be installing a pool in your backyard anytime soon?