A luxurious, private in-ground swimming pool is part of most people’s dream home, especially in warm climates where a pool could be used the majority of the year.
However, there are some possible downsides to having a pool that may keep homeowners from installing an in-ground pool.
If you’re considering installing a pool, or purchasing a home with a pool included, it’s important that you’re informed about the pros and cons of having an in-ground swimming pool.
· Enjoyment. This one is really priceless! Think of the many hours you and your family can spend having fun and making memories in your own private swimming pool. Especially if you have young children, you will certainly get your money’s worth in playtime and enjoyment out of your pool. In hot climates such as Houston, you can utilize your refreshing pool up to eight months out of the year, day and night (even more if your pool is covered and heated).
· Convenience. This is a great “pro” to owning your own pool. No more packing snacks, changes of clothes, and towels and loading everyone up in the car to head to the public pool. You’ll have your own swimming pool oasis in your own backyard! Swim on your own schedule and host free pool parties whenever you want.
· Improves Property Resale Value. Installing an in-ground pool can be a great financial investment. A well-maintained swimming pool on your property can increase your home’s resale value by up to 150% of the cost of the pool itself. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the pool in the meantime, knowing that when it does come time to sell your home, you’ll get your money back and more.
· Better Quality Than an Above-ground Pool. Some people who want a pool but are concerned about in-ground installation costs will opt for an above-ground pool instead. However, above-ground pools come with all the required maintenance of an in-ground pool, without the added value to your property. In fact, most potential buyers see an above-ground pool as a liability that will need to be removed, rather than an asset to the property. An above-ground pool also permanently kills the grass it sits on, creating an unsightly dead zone when it’s removed. Above-ground pools collect debris easily and need constant cleaning. Above-ground pools have a much shorter lifespan than in-ground pools. Even well-maintained above-ground pools only last five years on average, whereas an in-ground pool can last many decades if well-maintained. When it comes to quality, longevity, cleanliness, and safety, an in-ground pool is the way to go.
· Takes Up Yard Space. Some homeowners are unsure of whether to install an in-ground pool because they’re concerned about the amount of backyard space it will take up. This could keep them from having room for other outdoor features or having green space for kids and pets to play. A decrease in yard space could also hinder potential buyers down the road who might prefer a larger yard to having a pool.
· Requires Maintenance. Swimming pools are notorious for requiring regular upkeep and maintenance. Pool maintenance does require some caretaking time (unless you hire out your pool maintenance) and ongoing costs for pool supplies, chemicals, and hired maintenance. As time passes, it’s also possible that you will need a swimming pool remodel down the line in order to keep your pool looking and functioning at its best. Check out our Pool Maintenance Guide.
· Possible Safety Hazard. Some view a private swimming pool as a possible safety hazard. While there are many steps you can take to ensure the safety of your swimming pool, safety is certainly a consideration to keep in mind, especially if you have young children or pets.
· Cost. The cost of installing an in-ground pool certainly makes it a large investment and a decision to be taken seriously. The price of pool installation varies greatly depending on the location and the type and size of the swimming pool installed. The average cost in the U.S. to install a turnkey, fiberglass, in-ground pool ranges from $45,000 to $85,000.
If you’re itching to have your own pool, but are hesitating due to some of the “cons” above, keep in mind that there are many ways around the downsides of a pool in order to fully enjoy all of its “pros.” For each possible downside to installing an in-ground swimming pool, there are easy solutions that can turn the cons into pros and have you enjoying the pool of your dreams in no time. Here are our recommendations to make sure your in-ground pool is everything you want it to be:
Design the Pool to Fit Your Space. If you’re concerned about taking up too much yard space, talk with a pool installation company about your options. They can help you design the size and layout of your pool to maximize your yard space and fit your needs. For example, if you have a back deck or screened-in patio, you could consider removing it to make room for a pool instead.
Hire Out Maintenance. Hesitations about pool maintenance and upkeep should never be the main reason to avoid installing an in-ground pool. A swimming pool maintenance company can be easily hired at an affordable price to perform regular maintenance on your pool. If you go this route, you’ll be surprised how little time and stress a swimming pool will cost you.
Maximize Safety. There’s no reason to be unduly concerned about the safety of your swimming pool. There are many things you can do to ensure the safety of those swimming in your in-ground pool, such as installing pool lighting. Check out our blog post for other swimming pool safety tips.
Get the Most Bang for Your Buck. Our last recommendation about in-ground pool installation is to get the most value out of your swimming pool project. If the cost of turnkey pool installation (meaning it’s done entirely by an installation company) is too high for you, you can offset some of the cost by doing some of the work yourself. There are many options for pool installation in which you contribute to the workload, including self-installation, assisted installation, and basic installation. If you have some free time and DIY expertise, these may be great options for you to explore. One last tip about pool installation cost is to make sure your pool installation project gets you the most return for your investment. This may mean spending a little more upfront for premium features such as a hot tub, heating elements, and pool lighting to make sure your pool is a quality investment that will last a lifetime and appeal to future buyers.
If you’re interested in hiring an experienced, professional pool maintenance company to take care of your swimming pool, then give Northwest Pools a call today. We can help you maintain the highest quality and functionality of your in-ground pool investment.