A home with a pool can be a dream-come-true. Just picture yourself with a cocktail relaxing as you sit by the pool, dinner cooking on the grill and the kids splashing in the water. Back to reality–swimming pools aren’t all fun and games. Homebuyers seem to react strongly for a pool or against a pool.
Here are some pros and cons for having a swimming pool for your home:
- PRO: You’re the home where the neighborhood kids gather. You have the cool house. For parents, knowing where their kids are and what they are doing can give peace of mind and what’s better than having a pool for parties and backyard BBQ’s.
- CON: A swimming pool can increase your insurance costs. Keeping an eye on a yard full of kids can be a big responsibility and a liability. Swimming pools can be dangerous around children and those who don’t know how to swim Installing a fence around your pool is a smart security measure that prevents kids from having unsupervised access. In some areas, the law and your insurance may require it.
- PRO: There are many benefits of exercising in a swimming pools. Not only is it easier to stay cooler in a pool, but the workout itself has massive perks. A regular pool workout can help you lose weight, build up cardio endurance, provide low-impact exercise and relieve stress.
- CON-If you don’t take care of your pool, health and safety issues can arise. Proper chemical use is required to keep water PH levels accurate. Improper use can lead to swimmers getting ill, or algae and other bacteria forming in the pool.
- PRO: Swimming pools can be a selling point depending upon where you live. In the southern part of the country, a pool can be a “must-have”. Also, pool can add value to your quality of life and enhance the enjoyment of your home. You can’t put a price tag on that.
- CON: In regions of the country where you will have limited use of a pool, it may be more difficult to sale your home since expenses of maintaining the pool out-weigh the benefits. In some areas, a pool can increase your property taxes and maintenance and upkeep is a continuous expense.
Owning a swimming pool is really dependent on where you live and the type of person you are. Consider all the pros and cons and you determine if a swimming pool is right for you.