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Pros and Cons of Having a Home Swimming Pool

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In the height of the summer, having a home swimming pool sounds like the ideal situation. However, in the winter when you are out in the cold, cleaning the pool or continuing to pay for its’ upkeep, you might change your mind. With cost, safety, recreation and the resale value of the home to consider, there are many pros and cons of having a home swimming pool.

The Pros:

First and foremost, having a pool is fun. It can be used for recreation and exercise for kids and adults alike. A backyard pool makes your outdoor living space a retreat, a spa and a getaway. It is the perfect setting for a summer BBQ or a teenager’s birthday party.

Pools also add to the resale value of a home. When designing a custom home or recreating your home to match your dream plans, consider adding a pool to increase your property’s value. Homes with pools are more likely to sell than similar properties without pools.

The Cons:

Even though having a pool can be a total blast, it can also be a lot of work. Owning a pool requires responsibility and care. You will either have to spend some time on your own maintaining chemical levels and cleaning your pool weekly or you will add the expense of having a pool professional come weekly to clean and check on your pool. Regardless, this will cost you some time and money.

Another con about owning a pool is the safety factor, especially if you have young children. If you have little ones, you may have to go to the added expense of installing a gate to keep the kids out when you are not supervising. Additionally, you are liable for any person that may get injured while they are in your swimming pool regardless of why the accident happened.

Whether you decide to install a pool in your custom home or you are thinking of getting rid of your existing pool, there are many benefits and many downsides of owning a home swimming pool. You will just have to decide if you would rather spend the summer splashing in the water with friends and family, or relaxing without safety concerns in a grassy backyard.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com