Post # 1
Has anyone ever bought a home with a pool? Good/Bad idea?
Are there a lot of extra costs that go into it? I’ve never owned a pool before so not very familiar. ( it’s a fairly large above ground pool).
Post # 3
Do you have a fenced in backyard? If not, it will need to be fenced in… or you could get sued for someone coming into your pool and drowning, etc etc. Even with a fence, there are responsibilities of having the pool on your property, so just remember that.
As far as cost goes, I’m not sure about above ground pools. Usually the system in underground pools take up power and water. And of course you will have to spend money putting chemicals in the pool, and time cleaning out dirt/leaves. I’m not sure how expensive that is though.
Post # 4
We have an in-ground pool and quite honestly I’d love for it to be gone. It’s an older pool that probably needs to be resurfaced, which will require draining and will cost a lot, and even though we live in Florida we probably only use it 4-5 times a year. We spend probably $20-30 a week on cholorine and other chemicals, and it seems to always be green anyway (most likely due to the fact that it needs to be resurfaced). Personally I’d much rather have a community pool that we could use rather than having one in our yard. Maybe once we have kids we’ll use it more, but when that happens we’re also going to have to spend more money to get it fenced and be extra careful when our kids go out to play. Plus it is expensive to run the pump all the time too.
My parents had an above ground pool when we were growing up. I’m not sure it required as much maintenance though. As kids, we loved it and used it all the time. So I guess it depends on your lifestyle and how much you think you will use it. We also have a boat and live in Florida so we go to the beach or islands a lot on weekends rather than staying home and using the pool.
I would ask about the age of the pool- above ground pools only last so long. Then you’d have to replace it or deal with taking it down and filling a big hole in your yard. It might be helpful to ask the current owner what their average maintenance costs are to give you an idea of what you can expect.
Post # 5
My father had a pool when I was younger. Their pool was below ground but the general things that cost money are the chemicals, maintenance, if your heater breaks down you need to pay to have that fixed, pool toys, diving board or slide, filters and cleaning that out when it gets clogged, a cover (which comes in MANY MANY forms), ladder if you don’t have one or want a different one.
Also, don’t forget that you are going to want to sit around the pool so one day you may want to build a deck around it if it already does not have one, plus having deck table and chairs and an umbrella. As well, don’t forget about life vests and pool floaties or arm floaties. You would probably want some of those around for guests.
Post # 7
My parents house had a pool when we first bought it and we had problems with it leaking and keeping it clean and spent more time working on it than enjoying it. We filled it in about 2 years after we bought the house. If its newer and it isn’t under a bunch of trees than its great. Obviously though there are many other maintanace costs.
Post # 8
I always had a pool growing up but right now we don’t and I soooo miss it. Depending on where you live it’s a huge asset. Here in Cali we have a ton of warm days that we get to enjoy it. However if we were living somewhere with a short summer season, the cost may not be worth it.
Post # 9
I had a pool growing up and it was awesome BUT very expensive. You have to keep up the chemicals, pumps, etc. You have to cover it and make sure the backyard is secure.
Post # 10
@Cheesy Potatoes: Where is the home located?
While pools are a significant expense for maintainence and repairs there are some locations you simply must have one for the sake of the heat.
We had a pool in Socal and it was amazing as a kid to have pool parties etc. I couldn’t imagine growing up without it!
Post # 11
Unfortunately this pool is on the east coast so only about 2-3 months of summer…that’s why I’m trying to justify it.
Thanks for all the insight!
Post # 12
I’m in Ohio so I feel your pain. I have a home with a large above ground pool (but it’s flush with a huge patio so you don’t see this huge white thing sticking out of the yard). Fiance and I have used it once this year thanks to our weird schedules, and we’re talking about getting rid of it. The maintenance is practically zero – it’s maybe $100/year for the chemicals and the water and electric bills are only slightly higher, no big deal.
Honestly, when we use it, we love the hell out of it. It’s awesome to float around in your own pool, listening to your music, drinking as much as you want, with no restrictions or distractions. It’s awesome for parties and just chilling out. I looooooooooove our pool but it wouldn’t break my heart to get rid of it – I’d just put in a hot tub instead. 🙂
Don’t hesitate to buy a house with a pool, but don’t let them make you pay for it in the asking price. Pools do NOT increase home value in the northern half of the country. You also may want to have an inspection done on it to know exactly what kind of shape its in and what might be involved.
Post # 13
In My Humble Opinion: Don’t do it unless you were looking for a pool to start. pools=$$$$, even in CA or AZ where they are year round. You must get a fence if you have kids, and should prolly have one regardless.
Also, for resale, many people avoid homes with pools and it can be expensive to take out.
You will never use it as much as you think.
Post # 14
I’m in Fl so it was hard for us to find a home without a pool, but we really just didn’t want to deal with one. There’s too much upkeep, you have to clean it a lot, and we’re having a baby soon so it would just be another thing to worry about.
My parents got a pool when us kids were older and able to swim. We have a big backyard so I figure if we have the money down the road maybe we’ll do that too… but really I feel like we can just use my parents or my in law’s when needed.
Post # 15
We used to have a house with a pool. While it was great to have, the maintenance is SO EXPENSIVE. But I can see the pros and cons of having one. I wouldn’t look for a home with or without a pool specifically. But if the house I loved had one, I’d make sure to budget for the upkeep.
Post # 16
Wow thanks again everyone. This has been really helpful!