NWR: Do you have a back-yard pool? Do you love/hate it?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We don’t have a home of our own yet but I am curious about this as well! 

Post # 4
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My parents bought a house with a pool when I was 9.  We had pool parties all the time, and it’s a joy to relax and hang out by.  We have most of our family gatherings there now, and my nephews absolutely love the pool.  However, no pool was a criteria on our home buying list.  I’ve house sat for my parents many times, and there’s always a pool disaster.  It’s incredibly expensive to maintain and such a pain in the butt.  It’s daily work to keep it clean, water level normal, no leaks, etc.  I would never want that job.  We did buy into a neighborhood with a fabulous pool, so we get the best of both worlds.

Post # 5
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We have an inground pool.  We also live near the beach.  I think it depends on how “long” your summer is.  In RI, it’s usually late June before it gets hot enough to really feel like taking a dip in the pool and it obviously cools quickly.  

It’s nice to have, but I would have never spent my own money to put it in myself.  It wasn’t something we were looking for or a deciding factor in where we chose to live.  I will say that it costs us probably $1000 a summer to set it up/winterize it, keep the chemicals balanced, replace pool rafts/toys, and added electricity/water costs.

Post # 6
5905 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@HereWeGo:  Grew up in a house with one…we also had a bowling alley in the basement…so it was CRAZY AWESOME to live there…anyway, the pool thing is a double edged sword…because on one hand, having a private pool to enjoy all summer long is great, you get a great tan, swimming is entirely at your descretion and if they’re put in right, they’re beautiful to look at…the downside, every party will automatically be held at your house, people won’t want to leave, the upkeep and maintenance on them can be expensive and tedious and insurance is higher because its considered an attractive nuisance and is a liability since someone could drown in it.

I loved having it and would live in a house with one in a heartbeat!

Post # 7
4511 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it totally depends on where you live and your weather. Hardly anyone has pools around here b/c unless you are super-rich, they just can’t be used enough to make them worthwhile, so they actually make the house value go down, b/c it’s harder to find a buyer who is willing to take on the extra work of taking care of a pool. 

Post # 8
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

FI’s dad and stepmom used to have a pool (at their old house) and hated it. Too much work, rarely got used even with two school-aged children and two older children. You have to keep it clean, even when not in use, fill it/drain it, make sure the pump/filter are working (theirs had a lot of problems), etc. etc. etc.

My ex’s parents had a pool that never got used, either, but they had to go clean/skim it every couple of days.

Post # 9
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’d die for a pool. But this is England where 99% of the year your pool would sit, lonely and unused while it gathered rainwater and fallen leaves. 

Post # 10
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

My grandfather had a pool (ingound) at his farm, and I loooooved it.  My favorite thing in the WORLD in the summer is to sit by the pool and read, and when I get too hot jump in.  I would love to have a pool.  

If you buy a house with a pool, make sure you have a fence all the way around it.  

Post # 11
2973 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Nona99:  What she said. 

@HereWeGo:  Houses with pools were our number one no-no. But our realtor of course brought us to the perfect little house, with an in ground pool. 

Here is how it’s been in the past 2 months we’ve lived here:

  • the weather was nice enough for onentire weekend. 
  • we spent one ‘romantic’ night outside with candles and wine. then i wanted to get in because…it was a week day and we had to work the next day. 
  • the pump broke a week ago, and the pool looks deserted…it’s fixed now though. for for something that we’ve used a couple times in 2 months, I was mad giving that $200 for it. 
  • we are never home…and when I get home, I just want to eat and sleep. 

On to the good things:

  • It’s a nice to look at. 
  • we’re popular all of the sudden
  • it’s private, and makes tanning easy. 
  • when it’s beach day weather, all you have to do is step outside. 
  • great excercise. 

So, it’s worth it if you’re willing to take care of it and use it. Usage for us depends a lot on the weather (and it;s just unstable here) and on our crazy work hours. 

But don’t cross out a house just because it has a pool. If it’s not a concrete pool, it can be easily removed (here it’s like a $3k job). 

Post # 12
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I love having one, because swimming is my favorite form of exercise, but it’s definitely a lot of work to maintain. Keeping it clean and making sure the chemicals are balanced is almost a daily activity. Still, I’m definitely glad we have one! 🙂

Post # 13
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I had one at my childhood home and I loved it!!! I really would love to find a house that already has one or that we can put one in ( I hate above ground pools btw). I remember my dad saying it was quite a bit of work but he also really enjoyed it. So many amazing childhood memories took place in that pool. I live in VA and the summers are from May to September and normally get up to the high 90s or 100 with high humidity, so having a pool is awesome. I really don’t like public pools for various reasons but a major reason is because its only set hours, no alcohol, and lots of kids…yeah I’ll take my own

Post # 14
6812 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think it depends on how long your summers are. When I lived in NY, we lived in a house with a pool and honestly, it was the best thing ever. I threw so many parties, everyone wanted to come over, it was a ton of fun – EVERY weekend in the summer was practically a party. Yes, it’s expensive to maintain – it costs money in electricity bills to keep the filter going, among other things.

I HIGHLY recommend looking into saltwater pools. I’m no expert, but I’ve heard that they’re not only better for YOU (no chlorine needed), they’re easier to maintain (I’m not 100% sure, but I feel like I heard no filter is needed). 

FI and I definitely want to install a pool in our backyard one day if we don’t get a house with a pool.

Post # 15
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We have an in-ground pool and L-O-V-E it! The best advice I got was “if you want to enjoy your pool then don’t handle the chemicles yourself, hire someone to do it.” Our pool guy comes 1/week & takes care of all of that for us and cleans out the pool sweeper & skimmer. We also have a home warranty that includes the pool equipment so when we do have problems with it, it’s only been a $75 deductible. 

I love the ease of tossing on my suit & stepping out into my backyard. Its so much easier then packing a bag and going to someone elses pool or to the community pool. My family loves to come over & swim so we get to host most family events (which I love). 

I didn’t have a pool growing up but DH did so its a real treat for me but just something DH is used to having. During the summer DH gets in it 5 days/week and I probably am out there 2-3 days/week.

Post # 16
896 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@HereWeGo:  We have an in-ground pool, and an in-ground jacuzzi.  We have used both every weekend for the last 2.5 months (since we got it refinished).  I dunno if we will get bored of it eventually, but I doubt it… 

I will tell you, though, that if you get a pool, you have to use it or else it is definitely a very expensive waste of space.  The pool chemicals, etc add up, and if you have someone clean your pool (which I do not recommend) it is even more expensive. 

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