When you bought your home, you may have been more interested in features like location, lot size, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and the school district than amenities like a swimming pool. After all, it’s not exactly a necessity. Even if your kids love to hang out in the pool on a daily basis, you can always take them to a public pool or join your local YMCA as a solution. And yet, if you live in a region that enjoys temperate climes year round, you may be keen to add a swimming pool before your kids get too old to enjoy it, especially if you’ve built up some equity in your home and you’re eligible for a line of credit for home improvements. But before you start digging a giant hole in your backyard there are a few things you’ll want to consider.
- Cost. For most homeowners, this tops the list when it comes to getting a pool, mainly because there is both major up-front expense and ongoing costs associated with installing a swimming pool (not to mention the potential costs related to liability issues). And since a pool isn’t something that most families need, the price tag may be a bit too high to justify. That said, if you have the money and you really want a pool, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get one. Just make sure you can afford it before you get started.
- Use value. One thing that may offset the cost of a swimming pool for you is the use value you’ll get out of it. If your family members are the sort to jump in the water and swim laps, play water sports, or drift lazily on a floating lounge daily, then it may be well worth the expenses associated with adding a pool to your property. But if you think that the novelty will wear off all too soon, perhaps it’s not right for your home and your family.
- Safety. This is of paramount importance whether you have kids or not, and the reason is that neighborhood kids and pets could wander in. Every year thousands of children under the age of 14 have drowning incidents in pools that lack proper safety features, and hundreds die, according to the CDC. Luckily, there’s something you can do about it. Whether your state laws require it or not, plan to install fencing (at least 4 feet high) all the way around your pool area, equipped with locking gates. You should also install drain covers that ensure tiny hands and feet can’t become trapped in the strong suction of drains. And make sure your kids understand that adult supervision is required to be in the pool area. You may even want to make everyone in your household get certified in CPR.
- Maintenance. Swimming pools require a lot of maintenance, most of which you can learn to do on your own if you want to cut costs. That said, mistakes can be extremely costly, so you may want to pay a small amount for professional cleanings or at least contract for annual swimming pool maintenance or winterizing by a pro.
- Resale value. One of the major benefits of installing a swimming pool on your property is the value it can add to your home. You will, of course, have to keep it in good condition until you sell your property, but so long as you get your pool from a reputable dealer like Royal Swimming Pools and you practice proper maintenance, you should see a significant return on investment down the line.