It can help cool you off during the dog days of summer and serve as the hot spot for family fun. But a pool can be a lot of work too. So what you should know about pools before you take the plunge?
"We decided to have a pool installed because our kids love to swim," Shannon McCollom says. "We felt it was a good thing we could do as a family and we have a lot of land so we felt it was a food use of the backyard."
A pool can provide hours of entertainment but it's also a costly project that you should research thoroughly. In ground pools can cost between $20,000 and $70,000 and above ground is usually between $1,000 and $5,000.
Ask yourself "What will it cost versus what I will get out of it?"
Angie says in the heat of the summer a pool might sound like a fantastic idea, but the reality is unless you are the only house in the neighborhood that doesn't have a pool you should skip it. Pools tend to scare off potential buyers of your house and you usually only get about 50 cents on the dollar in return on investment.
You should also factor in maintenance. Regular tasks include vacuuming the pool floor, balancing chemicals and checking the pump. Weekly care plus opening and closing a pool can run about $2,000.
Building that perfect pool, and keeping it that way, depends on who you hire. Because installing a pool can be a lengthy project, sometimes taking a month or more, develop a good dialogue with your contractor.
This is not a surgical maneuver, this is sort of like open heart surgery on your backyard," Bill Lambert, a pool builder, says. "So it's going to be messy. We can try to contain the mess as best as possible, but you are going to have dump trucks, there's going to be a lot of dirt moved around."
Make sure you find a reputable company that will stand behind their project, and know what kind of warranty you're getting as well.
And if you're on a deadline, be sure to factor in the weather. Those rainy days can slow any project down.
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