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Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a Home with a Swimming Pool
Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 03:05:00 PM

Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a Home with a Swimming Pool

Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a Home with a Swimming Pool

This is a feature that many buyers dream about when it comes to owning a new home. They picture the swimming parties they can have during the warmer months, and all of the days spent relaxing in the pool when life becomes overwhelming. However, there are downsides to owning a pool, such as maintenance, legal codes, and more. Take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of having a pool, to decide what option is best for your family.


Improves Physical and Mental Health

Having a private pool could help you get the exercise you need to maintain a healthy weight, and prevent heart issues in your senior years. Staying physically active is important for good bone health, as it can lead to better balance and flexibility. When it comes to stress management, swimming is a form of exercise that can get the positive endorphins running through your body, helping you combat anxiety and depression. Therefore, when it pertains to your quality of life, having a pool might be exactly what you need.


Increased Visitors

Owning a pool is a luxury feature that could increase the number of guests that come to your home, especially in the summer time. This could be an advantage or disadvantage, depending on your preferences. Friends and family will love coming over to dip their toes in the pool, or hang out and soak up the warm sun as they tan. Some of your close friends and family members may even ask if they can host swim parties and celebrations at your home. Keep this in mind when searching for homes with pools. If you are all for the extra guests, make sure you have lots of towels and sunscreen ready!


Higher Insurance Costs

The joy of having a pool may be short lived when you calculate the fees associated with owning this feature, especially the insurance costs. Simply having a pool in your backyard is a liability risk, regardless if you plan to use the pool or not. This could cause your insurance rates to increase significantly. You should check with a sales representative and ask her about the increased insurance costs. She may have some tips when it comes to finding affordable insurance providers.


Maintenance Issues

Swimming pools can increase your social life and improve your health, but they also come with maintenance. The chances are that something will break on your pool sooner, rather than later. The most common replacements and repairs pertaining to pools are:


  • Pool filters
  • Vacuum systems
  • Heaters
  • Liners
  • Regular cleanings


In addition to unforeseen repairs, pools need to be resurfaced at least once every nine to 10 years. Before purchasing a home, be sure to ask the seller about past maintenance and repairs, in order to determine what needs to be fixed and how soon. You should also have an inspection done that includes the pool, to determine if it is in good condition.


Makes Investment More Appealing

On a good note, having a pool could add value to your property, should you choose to sale or rent out the home in the future. This will depend on current trends, the condition of the pool, and the style of the neighborhood. Speak with a sales representative to find out if having a pool will increase or decrease your property value.


Ultimately, the decision to purchase a home with a pool is entirely up to you. While the advantages and disadvantages of having a pool can make the decision easier, your preferences will be the deciding factor. If you decide that owning a pool is not the best option for your family, consider buying a home in a subdivision with a community pool. This allows you to keep some of the benefits, without many of the disadvantages!

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