I have always wanted a house with a pool.....


Yes, we are all excited to have Spring finally here but cant wait to feel the summer heat.  The heat is great but so much more enjoyable when you have a pool to lay beside on a hot summer day.

Some of the things to consider when buying a house with a pool or thinking about putting one in the back yard.

A lesson many pool owners learn the hard way,  is that proper pool maintenance is of primary importance. This will not only make it more enjoyable and clean, but will also lower any "out of the ordinary" maintenance costs.

Types of Swimming Pools

If you're planning to install a swimming pool, hire a reputable pool contractor.The cost for a new pool base price starts around $45,000, but can easily soar past six figures, depending on desired amenities such as fountains, landscaping or decking.

Gunite Pools

Gunite pool construction is done by spraying a mixture of concrete and sand into a pool-sized hole.  Gunite pools can be laid out in almost any shape the home owner desires and last for years. But gunite is pricey.

 Vinyl Pools

Vinyl in-ground pools are generally rectangular, but other configurations are available. The liners often need replacement after 10 years. They are popular in areas where temperatures dip below freezing and the pools are drained in the winter. To prepare for a vinyl pool, the ground is excavated and support walls are constructed from a variety of materials such as wood, steel, fiberglass or aluminum.

Above-Ground PoolsThe National Association of Realtors says above-ground pools add no value to the home unless the family is specifically looking for a home with a pool.  You wont not buy if you love the home and doesnt have a pool, but many wont buy th home because it does.  Above-ground is an inexpensive option for a pool. Some home owners buy do-it-yourself kits and assemble their own above-ground pools.

 The Advantages of Owning a Home With a Pool

Many people believe pools increase the aesthetic value of their yard .People who host a lot of parties utilize their pools as an entertainment center, and kids love pools. Our short summers should be the most enjoyable outside.  Some people use swimming pools exclusively for in-water exercises and say pools add health benefits for them.

The Disadvantage to having a Pool

Regular maintenance. Pools require chemicals, cleaning and over time, repair. Children can drown. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 4.  Pool homes appeal to fewer buyers. Pools consume valuable yard space, and in a small yard, they can overwhelm. It might cost more to insure a home with a pool, and heating it can drive up utility bills.

Do Pools Add or Detract From the Value of a Home?

Whether a pool adds value to a home depends on where you live.  The most popular cities for pools are homes in Vancouver and Edmonton. Baby boomers who pass up buying a vacation home, tend to invest in their own back-yard or paradise. They install complete pool systems boasting waterfalls, hot tubs, climbing walls and extensive landscaping.

Some may say, its a lot of money for a pool, especially in an area where pools are used three months out of the year.  But imagine the parties you will have.


Please call a professional to install and maintain your pool



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