Is It Worth It To Add a Swimming Pool To Your Backyard?
When summer vacation rolls around and it’s 100-degrees plus in your backyard, you might end up wishing that you had decided to build that swimming pool. Of course, it’d be much easier than having to pack up the kids, pool toys, and cooler, in the car and head on down to the local public facilities.
The thing is, there are many things to consider before you decide to spend the time and money installing a pool in your backyard. Here are some of the top considerations you should be aware of when looking to build your own personal backyard paradise.
1. The Cost
Not all pools are made equal. There are many different things that will influence the price of a pool, including the type of materials, square footage, difficulty of construction (much of what has to do with the location you live in), and any unique features that you decide to add including rock waterfalls, waterslides, etc.
You may also need to purchase a permit depending on your local laws. The cost of installing an in-ground pool hovers around $20,000, which doesn’t always include the requirement that some states have that force you to build a gate around your pool.
2. The Maintenance
If you’re someone who can barely keep your home clean, you may not have the easiest time keeping your pool clean. Maintenance for a pool isn’t always easy. If you have a concrete pool, you are going to have to wash it every couple of years and re-plaster it when the time comes.
If you have a vinyl pool, you are going to have an easier time maintaining and cleaning it. Because of the way the material is held together, you don’t have to worry about algae growth, meaning you won’t have to waste tons of money on chemicals and cleaning supplies.
The best type of pool to get is a fiberglass pool, as they don’t require as much maintenance. The unfortunate thing is, it’s difficult to get large fiberglass pools, as they are much more fragile and difficult to transport.
Beyond that, you’ll need regular maintenance including checking the filter and vacuuming out any debris. You could obviously hire a local pool guy, though that’ll cost you more every year.
3. The Resale Value
Contrary to popular belief, a pool won’t always increase the value of your home. Pools will only increase the value if you are in a neighborhood where most neighbors have pools, you live in warm climates like Arizona or Florida, or the pool fits the style of the home. Because pools can require cost and maintenance, many homebuyers can see them as a burden.
So let’s answer the big question:
Is it worth it to have a swimming pool in your backyard?
We believe if you feel like you want a pool for your lifestyle or your family, you should 100% get one! They provide a place for friends to come hang out and a quiet spot to relax or exercise at your leisure. Have you ever installed a swimming pool on your property? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments!