Should I Buy a House With a Pool?
Buying a house with a pool might seem like no big deal at the time. Many homeowners felt that way at first when they purchased their home. Later on, many find out that there are issues with the pool that are very costly. While having a pool can be very fun, especially if you have a family, it is very important to consider that there also are downsides. The largest one is maintaining it; you’ll have to hire a pool cleaner. Unless you have time to frequently monitor the pool. Your water bill will be significantly hotter during the summers, as the water will evaporate quickly, and will need to be filled pretty frequently. While you can do this part on your own by throwing the hose in, you still have to monitor it to make sure it doesn’t overflow, and be sure to check often to see if the water is too low, otherwise it will affect the pool.
Pool cleaners don’t come cheap. Also keep in mind that you’ve got to remember the exact time that they are coming to be sure that your children (if you have them) are inside, as well as the pets. Minor things like these can be inconvenient; if you are out for the night and a babysitter is watching your children, you will still probably worry throughout the night about whether you remembered to lock the back door. It is easy for a child to accidentally fall into a pool and drown, and it can happen just by turning your back for one minute. And, if someone else dies or has an accident in or around the pool, you’ll be held liable.
This article isn’t necessarily meant to terrify you of buying a home with a pool, as they can be great! You can swim at any time you want to, day or night, winter or summer. Installing a pool in a house that doesn’t have one will cost you a lot of money, especially depending on the type and size of the pool. The upside is that you’ll be able to choose the materials you’d like to use; when you buy a home with a pool you won’t have that advantage. You’ll have to take the pool as it is and live with it, or not buy the house.
Just be sure that before you buy the house, you have the pool checked out. This is important, as just because the pool looks nice and clean doesn’t mean it doesn’t have other issues. Also, if the homeowner has a great pool cleaner, check out his references and maybe you can use him! Homeowners often complain that it is hard to find two things: a good housekeeper, and a good pool cleaner. Whatever you do, do not forget to buy pool insurance!