Installing an in-ground swimming pool is one of the most expensive home improvements a homeowner can make. Because of this, the decision to do so must be carefully weighed before proceeding.
The investment made to install a swimming pool is rarely recouped at 100 percent. In most cases, the only way an investment in a pool can be justified is if the home is located predominantly warmer climate, such as in the south, and in a more expensive neighborhood where swimming pools tend to be the norm.
In addition to being expensive to install, pools are also expensive to operate and maintain. There are chemicals to buy, special equipment to acquire, water to fill the pool, electricity to operate the pumps, and gas to warm it f the pool is heated. Keep in mind that these are just the costs of operating and maintaining the pool. What if something goes wrong with the pool? Common problems affecting swimming pools are cracks in the surface along the bottom or sides, faulty electrical wiring that can lead to electrocution, inadequate treatment of the water that results in a cloudy appearance initially and progressively worsens as algae forms, and inoperable pumps along with dirty or clogged filters both of which are expensive to replace. Adding in the operating and maintenance costs can easily bring the total cost of owning a pool very expensive. That personal trainer and heated pool at the health club are sounding better all the time.
In addition to the initial cost of installing a pool and the ongoing cost of maintenance and repairs, there are also liability issues to be mindful of. First of all, a fence must be installed around in-ground pools for obvious safety reasons. Without a fence, a small child could easily fall into the pool and drown, and sometimes even with a fence, children can still get in, through an open gate, for example. Any child falling into the pool and not knowing how to swim could prove to be tragic, perhaps even fatal. Many families with small children will automatically rule out a house with a swimming pool for that very reason. They don’t want to take any chances with the safety of their little ones.
Although pools offer cool and refreshing enjoyment in the summertime, they are virtually worthless in the autumn and winter seasons, especially in the northern regions. Unless it is an indoor heated pool, of which very few are, most people are lucky to get even six months use out of it. Instead of building the pool in the house, a person can join the TriFactor swimming classes. The maintenance of the body will be good and healthy through the classes.
If you’re the type who really enjoys swimming on a regular basis, my advice is to either spend the money instead on a membership at a local health club, or get to know one of your neighbors who already has a pool.