In my job, I get pool envy ALL OF THE TIME. There is something so incredibly soothing about walking in to a home and having one’s eye drawn outside to a beautiful blue expanse of water … and if there is a water feature too, there is the additional pleasure of just hearing the rythymic and gentle cascade. My blood pressure falls just imagining it.
And in the 55 Plus Community of PebbleCreek, many people choose to have a pool so that they are not bound by the rules about children using the community facilities – no need to consult the rules when the grandkids visit, just let them run out to the backyard! Add an outdoor kitchen and a backyard can truly be transformed in to a private resort.
However, before taking on a home with a pool, you may want to consider a few things:
- What will the upkeep costs be? Professional monthly maintenance will likely be $100 – $150 a month. In addition, consider the plants around the pool – will leaves and other plant debris land in your pool if it storms? You will end up doing that removal… or paying extra for it.
- How much temperature control do you want? Heating a pool can easily run in to the hundreds of dollars a month. Some folks add solar heaters to their pool system to defray some of that cost. Are you interested in having a separate in ground spa? Can that be heated without heating the pool? In the summer, the smaller pools can become bathtub warm… will you want a pool chiller?
- Are you comfortable with wildlife? It is almost inevitable that the occasional creature will drown in the pool. A bunny… or other tiny land mammal… not to be a downer, just to let you know. It is also true that birds may be drawn to the pool.
- What about liability? Clearly, there will be liability adjustments on your home owners’ policy. Depending on your comfort and how often small children will be visiting you, there may be a need to build additional gates or install some sort of pool alarm system.
- How old is the equipment? Pool pumps definitely do not last forever. Even if you are not a fan of home warranties, it will be wise to put the pool equipment under warranty.
For those who want a pool, there is nothing better – it completes the home in a way that feels almost necessary. For those who are on the fence, a pool may be a larger commitment than it makes sense to take on. Either way… decisions do not need to be made all at one time – pools can be both installed after construction and filled in when no longer desired.