You want a pool. The children have been begging for a swimming pool for years now. Should you own a swimming pool? It’s not a question to be undertaken lightly. A swimming pool is an expensive undertaking for the construction itself. Factor in the ongoing maintenance and upkeep and the bump in your utility bills and you can see that you shouldn’t take the plunge unless you are truly ready. You also need to ask yourself who is going to be responsible for the pool cleaning if you’re not going to hire a pool contractor? You will need to have a schedule for cleaning and maintenance and you need to make certain it is adhered to — a non-maintained swimming pool will become an algae-infested mess and will cost you a lot more to have adddressed than would ongoing maintenance.
The swimming pool contractors from Bella Blue Pools talk with potential pool owners to determine what they want out of a family pool, why they want a pool and will share with them the potential costs to be a swimming pool owner. Pools are certainly fun, but they are a lot of work!
Should you own a swimming pool?
- Increased home value. An ingroung pool just might increase the resale value of your home. Talk with a realtor if you want to have a pool put in to up its potential resale value.
- It may cost you anywhere between $20,000 and higher to have a pool constructed.
- Accessories and other pool add ons will increase the cost of the pool construction.
- Don’t forget to talk with your insurance agent to see if owning a pool will impact your insurance rates or coverage.
- Ask a pool contractor for an estimate on how a pool may impact your utility bills.
- Know why you want a pool — exercise only, parties only or a combination of the two?
- How much yard space do you want to devote to your swimming pool project? If you only have a small yard, do you want to give up the entire yard for the swimming pool?
- Is “wanting” a pool something you have long dreamed of or did you think about it simply because it’s been a long, hot summer and you wished you could take a cooling dip.
- How many months a year will you be able to use your swimming pool? In Arizona it might be year round. New York it might only be a few months of the year. Will you get your money’s worth out of it?
- Can you truly afford a pool or will it put a strain on the family budget and bank accounts?
- Are the children who want the pool teenagers who will be heading off to college in a year or two? If that’s the case, will you still use the pool or was it mainly for their use?
- Do you have the time to devote to pool maintenance? Will you hire a pool maintenance contractor to do it for you?
Weigh all of the pros and cons. Sit down with us and let’s talk about your list of pros and cons and we can help you make an informed decision on whether you should move forward with the project.