Top 10 Reasons Why You Should NOT Own a Pool

Posted by 8 September, 2008

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1. They cost a lot of money. If you hire a pool service to put in chemicals and vacuum your pool, you could spend between $1500 and $2000 a year in maintenance, water and regular repairs according to Melinda Fulmer at MSN Money.

2. Safety is a big concern especially if you have small children. If may be required in your area to put up a fence around your pool to keep small children from accidentally falling in and hurting themselves.

3. If you hire a pool company to install a pool, you will more than likely not recoup the costs.

4. Nobody likes to admit it, especially pool companies, but there is a significant added expense to running the pumps for the pool. During the summer months, it is recommended that you run your pumps 8-9 hours per day as I’ve been told by my local pool company.

5. Even if you do have a pool service to put chemicals in, etc, there are still thing you’ll have to do. For instance, when the temperature dips below freezing, I’ve had issues with valves not being open enough thus preventing the pipes from freezing. Fortunately, I was able to diagnose the problem, but it took a while for me to figure out what was going on and I had to place my hands into the freezing water to displace items blocking water flow (not fun).

6. One word, liability. Unfortunately, the US is becoming more and more litigious. While that’s great for my lawyer friends, it’s not great for everyone else. There is always the thought in the back of my mind that a guest could come over, fall and then sue us. I’ve heard of it happening. Fortunately, we do have an umbrella policy.

7. Rats, snakes, and dead birds oh my. We’ve never personally had a rat in our pool, but we’ve had the latter two. I have known people to have rats in their pool.

8. They are not environmentally friendly. Between the water, energy to run the pumps, and the chemicals (probably not good for you), there’s a lot of waste that occurs there. It would be much wiser to join your local YMCA (they usually have pools) or buy a house in a neighborhood that has a neighborhood pool.

9. A pool can be bad for resale. In the south and southwest, and west pools are popular items. Unfortunately if you are a homeowner with a pool and you are trying to sell your house, you will still be limiting your market. There are some people that search for houses that only include pools, and then there are people that will not live in a house with a pool.

10. If you own a pool with a diving board, you may not be able to get insurance or your insurance may be higher. This adds yet another line to the expense column for pool ownership.

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September 15, 2008

Good article.

I’m in two minds about swimming pools.

I hate my own pool at the property I own. It costs a lot of money (as you’ve pointed out), it takes a lot of time and expense to maintain.

On the other hand, some of my happiest memories growing up were splashing around with my friends and family in the water.

I agree – the best is to live somewhere where you have a shared pool that you can use, but not have to maintain or install yourself!

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