There’s nothing better than having a pool at your home during the blazing summer months. You don’t have to worry about driving in the heat to the community pool and having to share the water or wait until the pool has mostly cleared out before you can swim. But having a home with a pool comes with its share of ups and downs, which you should be aware of if you’re thinking about getting a home with a pool.
If you live in a hot climate, you’ll be able to get use out of your pool year-round. Home pools are also a great place to exercise and relax after an exhausting day at work. You’ll be able to invite your friends over for pool parties and entertain guests whenever you like.
With the right landscaping, a home pool can feel and look just like a tropical oasis with lush plants, rocky outcroppings and fragrant flowers. Pools can also have spas inside of them, which feel great if you need a place to soak tired and aching muscles after a workout or bike ride around the neighborhood.
One of the biggest disadvantages of having a home with a pool is that you have to keep it clean in order for it to stay in good condition. There are maintenance duties that have to be done weekly, monthly and yearly. You’ll have even more maintenance to take care of if you have a saltwater system. Pool maintenance includes measuring the pH, chlorine and hardness levels; breaking up dirt, pollen and algae with a pool brush; using a vacuum to suck up debris at the bottom of the pool; cleaning the filter and preparing your pool equipment for the winter season. There’s also the fact that running a pool pump and using the spa heater can seriously run up your utility bill.
If you have children, pools can be one of the biggest dangers to them. It’s best if you buy a gate or pool cover to make sure that your child stays safe around the pool.
Having a home with a pool can be just as much of a blessing as it is a burden. Make sure that you’re prepared financially and physically to do what it takes to keep your pool in good condition.