To have a Pool or not – that is the question. Well, our first experience at having a pool has been quite the adventure! If you think having a pool is not a lot of work, then you are horribly wrong! It is a full time job. We have constantly been working on ours since we moved in two months ago and finally, this week, decided to call a professional (POOL BOY) to come out. And wouldn’t you know, he made it beautiful in a couple of days!
(Not to mention he is cute and talks like he is from England – sorry, honey). The prices of having someone maintain your pool runs from about $150.00 to 185.00 a month. This really isn’t that bad, and, in my opinion, well worth it.
How much will a Swimming Pool Cost per year?
When you first start thinking about purchasing a pool, all you think about is the money. How much for installation? How much for the pumps? How much for the chemicals? How much for that ladder? It can become overwhelming and at times feel like you’re swimming in a pool of costs rather than relaxing water.
Although this is a common question, that most pool owners or potential pool owners should consider, it’s also a difficult one to answer. The answer to this question depends on a number of different things. First, the size of your pool has a lot to do with it. Also it depends on if you plan on purchasing a chlorine pool, or a salt water pool, because the two are really quite different. I would say, on average, at least allow about $150-$200 a year for chemicals, but this number could be more, or it could be less. The electric cost for running your filter is difficult to predict. There's such a wide range of pumps you'll be running five to twenty-four hours a day, so figure maybe $15 to $60 per month. A two-speed pump on a large filter can save you lots of money.
Either way you look at it, a swimming pool is a large investment for a home owner. It is not only a financial investment, but also an investment in time. Even if you hire someone to maintain your pool, you’re still going to have to deal with some situations that will arise with owning a pool.
So, to keep from having the pool boy at the house every day cleaning out the fallen debris, we purchased a Kreepy Krauly to help clean our pool – and that was, by far, the best thing could have done. I love that Kreepy Krauly!
Kreepy Krauly is a vacuum of sorts. He crawls around our pool and literally vacuum’s all of the unwanted leaves and things from the pool. The great thing about it though, it works with our pool pump, so we don’t have to remember to go outside and turn it off and on. Basically, when our pump turns on, so does Kreepy Krauly! It really couldn’t be any easier.
So, let’s recap. Pools cost a lot of time and money. BUT – there are products that can help make your life a little easier. While pools are large investment, they can also end up returning that investment when you sell your home. However, there is a drawback to this scenario. Pools are a big decision for some people, so you could be limiting your buyer base by having a pool. But, if you have a really nice, well taken care of pool, then the value of your home will go up.
I probably don’t need to mention this, but I will anyway. How can you ignore the fun factor of a pool? During those stifling summer days, all you have to do is put on that bathing suit and go jump in. You don’t have to worry about packing a bag of snacks, towels, sunscreen, or floaties because you’ll be at home! How amazing is that?
You will also be able to use your pool for exercise if you want. Swimming is one of the healthiest ways to exercise due to the minimal amount of stress it causes to your body. It also works nearly every muscle in your body, for a full body workout. Or you could reduce the amount of stress in your life by just floating around the pool with your eyes closed – possibly holding a margarita in one hand.
So, we have addressed the pros and cons of owning a pool. As always, the answer is always up to you. Don’t ever make a decision as large as owning a pool without careful consideration. If you have children, you may want to consider fencing around the pool to keep them from accidentally falling in. Or even if you have pets, you still may want to fence in the pool because your pets can fall in as well. They may also jump in and enjoy the cool water as much as you!
Owning a pool can be very rewarding if done properly. Good luck in all of your future pool endeavors and be prepared to have a lot of guests at your home during the summer!