My wife’s mother had a pool as does really close friends of ours so naturally we thought it would be awesome to have one in our very own backyard. We knew our two boys would enjoy it as would we because we all love to swim. Leslie and I knew it would be a tremendous financial commitment, but after ongoing discussions and careful planning, we eventually took the Nestea plunge. This marks the fourth summer of having our own pool and we couldn’t have made a better decision.
There is a lot to consider when getting a pool. Cost is the obvious factor and that will determine whether you have an above ground pool or an in ground pool. The depth, length and width will also factor into your cost analysis. We added a pool heater to extend the use of the pool, but elected not to go with a Jacuzzi or a slide or a diving board because we did not want to go over budget on this project. You have to determine how much time you want to commit to the upkeep of the pool as well. For example, my mother-in-law would use a pool service to come service her pool weekly, while my wife and I do it ourselves.
Planning is another thing you really have to consider. When we first purchased our home, we didn't plan to have a pool early on in the process and not planning to have a pool proved to be costly. I put in a sprinkler system four or five years before we got a pool and once the construction of the pool began, the sprinkler system was destroyed. We basically had to pay for an entirely new sprinkler system.
As much as we are enjoying our aquatic entertainment area, it takes a lot of TLC to keep the pool looking good. My wife does much of the heavy lifting, but together we do a great job of keeping stars on our score sheet from the local pool company, County Wide Pools. There are three things we do to help keep our pool looking sparkly clean.
The financial responsibility of owning a pool doesn't stop once the project has been completed. You have to open and close the pool, factor in ongoing pool maintenance and you have to purchase chemicals like shock, chlorine tablets, pool Algaecide, etc. every summer.
Owning your own pool doesn't add a tremendous amount of value to your home; however, it does add a lot of value to your quality of life. That being said, knowing someone who owns a pool might just be better than owning a pool yourself. You get all of the fun minus the financial responsibility and the time it takes to keep it clean. Just make sure you bring a bottle of wine or a 12-pack the next time you visit.