Things to Consider When Adding a Swimming Pool
Adding a swimming pool to your house is a great way to relax during the hot summer months and add value to your property, just like finding someone to perform landscaping duties for you. You can expect to spend a good chunk of your savings when adding a swimming pool to your home but you can also expect a much higher resale value when the time comes to sell. However, there are more than just costs to consider when looking into adding a swimming pool. Think about all aspects of swimming pool ownership including maintenance and safety when determining whether this is the right investment for you and your family.
Depending on what type of swimming pool you are getting, you can expect to spend several thousands of dollars on your pool installation, especially if you are getting an in ground swimming pool in place. If you are looking into a portable above ground pool then you may get away with bringing one home for under $1000 but it will not last more than a few summers. You need to know what to expect in terms of the installation costs before you go ahead of agree to having a swimming pool put into place.
However, the good news is that there are many companies that will do all the dirty work for you, including the digging, the concreting, the plumbing and even the fence and landscaping. Furthermore, you can choose from several pool designs and options including concrete, fiberglass or stone pools.
Maintenance and Safety Concerns
Installation is only one small cost when it comes to swimming pools. You can expect to be paying more money every month to keep the pool maintained. You will need to purchase cleaning chemicals and other cleaning supplies such as a vacuum for the pool as well as higher electrical bills to run the pool. However, choosing a pool that runs on solar panels is going to be the most efficient and sustainable way to keep your pool running without impacting your electrical costs too much.
When it comes to swimming pool maintenance another thing you need to think about is whether you have the time to do it. You will need to add chemicals to your pool several times a week and should make it a habit of cleaning the surface and the water at least once a week. Do you have the time to do this? If not, then you can hire someone to come to your house and maintain your pool on a regular basis, but, again, this is going to cost you. If you are not ready to take care of a swimming pool, then perhaps you are not ready to own one.
Furthermore, swimming pools, while they are a lot of fun, can also be a huge safety concern. It is important that you have a fence around all swimming pools, even above ground ones, to ensure that young children do not go for a swim without you around. Furthermore, make sure you have the proper safety devices and consider taking a CPR course just in case. Educate your family on the pool rules and safety and make sure there is always an adult watching the kiddies when they are playing in the pool.
Yes, a swimming pool is a lot of fun and will add value to your home but there is so much more things to consider when adding a swimming pool. Safety, maintenance and costs involved in the installation and upkeep should all be carefully considered. Speak to different pool installation companies, compare quotes and find out more about pool ownership before diving into this big decision.