Summer has officially arrived, and I think it is safe to say that most of us love cooling off poolside. It seems though, that a lot of people would rather visit a neighbor or family member’s home and use their pool rather than making a commitment to having a pool of their own. We’ve all heard it – a pool is expensive, is a huge time commitment to maintain, and your utility bills will skyrocket. Well, I’m here to bust these misconceptions!
1. Pools are expensive
This one is huge so let’s tackle it right away. YES, a pool can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Like anything you purchase, it depends on the materials, layout, features and equipment you choose to use. There are so many different options so you should choose a pool company that offers you plenty of choices.
Pools do require maintenance to ensure the system is running properly and that the pool maintains its great condition. However, that doesn’t mean that pool maintenance costs a great amount of money. Like anything else in your home, small, routine investments in pool cleaning and maintenance will keep everything running smoothly.
2.Get ready to spend all your free time maintaining a pool
Like most aspects of homeownership, having a pool requires a certain level of upkeep. This doesn’t mean that it must be an ever-increasing commitment of time and energy. In fact, most pool owners will spend less time worrying about their pool than they do about yard maintenance or keeping their home clean. Again, keeping to a regular maintenance schedule and spending a bit of time twice a week is usually all it takes. Tools like robotic pool cleaners and UV sanitation devices can significantly decrease your time commitment to your pool.
The truth is, most people who complain about the time it takes to maintain their pool have let their pool condition fall by the wayside and are now struggling to keep up instead of committing to the maintenance in the first place.
3. Utility bills will spike
As mentioned before, your pool will require regular maintenance. This means running a pool pump and filtration system. If your system is designed efficiently and maintained correctly, your utility bills should not skyrocket. Just like making sure your oil is changed regularly and your tires are properly inflated in your car to maintain efficiency, keeping your pool in great shape will go a long way in keeping your utility bills low.
Don’t let these misconceptions keep you from adding a pool to your current home or purchasing a home with a pool. Speaking of purchasing a home with a pool, here’s a list of homes for sale in our area that have pools. This list updates regularly, so you’ll always have the most up-to-date listings.
Now break out the sunscreen, get the grill fired up and go out and enjoy a day by the pool!