When you dream of owning your own home, you often think about a backyard with a pool so you can host those killer summer bbq’s and have an excuse to buy those popular pool decorations that you previously had no use for. However, while the idea of a pool is appealing, it’s important to think about the cons before buying into a house with a pool already in place.
Age of the Pool
You’ll want a professional pool company to come by and check everything out. The older a pool is, the more problems can arise and they’ll be able to tell you everything from the water line condition, the pump pressure, the heater, etc. It’s important to ask the sellers as well when the last maintenance was conducted on it, as well as the installation date and any repairs that have performed on it since then.
From heating bills to the yearly maintenance costs to out of the blue accidents that need to be taken care of, there’s a lot of money involved when caring for a pool. Ask the sellers what they typically spend in a year to see if the amount is able to fit into your budget. Otherwise, you might find yourself overwhelmed and wondering what you got yourself into when you signed the contract.
Think about your lifestyle. Taking care of a pool is more than just throwing money at a professional and having them do work on it. There’s plenty that goes into a pool that you yourself take care of such as cleaning, draining, refilling, and treating the water, and let’s not forget the scrubbing as well. If you’ll be spending the majority of your time outside of the pool and using it only a handful of times throughout the year, it’s not worth it. Use the local YMCA instead or take a trip to your favourite lake.
Is it something that’s going to cause you anxiety? If you’re constantly going to be worried about your kids or pets somehow getting around the pool fencing and accidentally falling in while you’re away, you may want to think twice about getting a pool.
Realistically, when you take into account all the expenses that go into keeping a pool, you’ll really only get your value out of it if you’re able to use it for 6 months of the year. So, for example, if you live somewhere where the winters are long, bitterly cold, and consistently under 3 feet of snow, you may not be in the best location to consider getting a pool. However, if your location’s weather remains relatively mild throughout the year and snowfall and other major weather hazards are not a concern, a pool would be considered a valuable investment.
You may have other concerns about pools that are not included in this list, so take everything that you’ve read here, and everything from your own research and you’ll be able to come to a satisfying conclusion.