Everyone loves watching the lifestyle channel just so that you can see the houses with the swimming pools and imagining their own lives if they had a swimming pool in their back yard, but what does having a pool really mean?
Most people would argue that the fun that you can have throughout the summer and the money you could save in the long run is a benefit that cannot be outweighed by cons but other people would be put off by the maintenance and costs – especially in Britain where you’re not guaranteed a summer.
The Pros And Cons Of Owning A Swimming Pool
One of the main reasons people will have a swimming pool is for the recreational benefits that it can give you in the summer months. For those that don’t have the guarantee of a summer then an indoor pool is probably your best bet. The benefits of having your own pool include the fact that swimming is a great form of exercise for people of all ages and when the kids have stopped using it in the day it’s the adult’s time to play, as pools make the perfect party environment.
The down sides of having a pool include the fact that you have to constantly monitor it if there are people around it who can’t swim – especially if they’re young children. You have to be extra careful when it comes to safety if you have a pool because you can be held responsible for any injuries that are sustained around your pool.
Another huge thing to consider if you’re thinking about having a pool is the cost; they can be a costly investment, especially if it doesn’t get a lot of use. However, if you’re moving house and you’d really like a pool then buying a house that has a pool already is much cheaper than having one installed yourself.
One of the main benefits with regards to the cost of a swimming pool is the fact that they’re so much cheaper than they used to be, but that by no means means that they’re affordable, they’re far from it. It also means that value will be added to your home and you’re likely to get more interest when you come to sell it again.
The downside is that although a swimming pool will undoubtedly add value to your home, it’s unlikely to add the same value as you spent on it – so if your pool cost £20,000 you’re unlikely to fetch an extra £20,000 with the sale of your home, so if you’re planning on moving house in the next few years then it’s not really a worthy investment.
Follow Emma Collins’ guidelines on swimming pools and you won’t go far wrong.