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Old 06-15-2010, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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I've been eyeing a completely charming house that would be extremely comfortable budget-wise, but it has a pool. There is a small side yard and large front yard on a low-traffic street, so there'd be room for children/pets to play.

I'm not much of a pool person, but my husband swims and we have good friends who live nearby and offered to split cost/responsibility of maintaining the pool. The latter isn't weighing heavily in the decision, but would be nice if it actually happened. Anyway, that leads me to my main issue - the weekly/monthly/yearly maintenance.

We're trying to eliminate a lot of yard work by seeking out homes with smaller yards, but would we be trading one time-consuming chore for another if we were to buy a home with a pool?
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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We're trying to eliminate a lot of yard work by seeking out homes with smaller yards, but would we be trading one time-consuming chore for another if we were to buy a home with a pool?
Yes.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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It's just my liking so if I were to have a small yard, I definitely wouldn't want it to be covered in cement. I love nature too much. Of course, we're all different. Maintaining both takes time, but I would guess cleaning a pool is extremely boring and working among grass, trees, flowers, and shrubs is not.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:27 AM
 
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Realtors tell me that selling a house with a pool is harder than one without.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Frisco
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It will also cause your home insurance to be slightly higher.

But, you'll have a cool place to be on a hot summer day.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:43 AM
 
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Pool maintenance is a pain and that cement pond contributes a decent amount of cost to your electricity and water bill. That said, we were planning on filling in our pool when we bought our house, and in retrospect that would have been incredibly foolish. We use it constantly from June to November...it's the only thing that allows us to be outside in the summer.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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Realtors tell me that selling a house with a pool is harder than one without.
That may be true sometimes. But as an appraiser in the Dallas area for the last 27 years, I would tend to disagree. It takes some people out of the market, but it also spikes the interest of quite a few as well. It really just depends on the neighborhood. I just flipped a home with an inground gunnite pool. Bought if from FNMA, and didn't pay an extra penny for the pool (in my mind at least). Sold it in less than 30 days from the listing date, and got about $6,000-7,000 more for it because of the pool. If you want a pool, buying a house that already has one saves tons of money. Adding this pool would have cost at least $20K.

True, they are a pain to deal with sometimes, but there's nothing better during Texas summers than being able to cool off in your own pool. Kids love them, and we've had ours for 13 years. We're empty nesters but still enjoy it a lot.
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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Thanks for the feeback y'all. We figure if we find a home we just love and it has a pool, that may be our compromise. What I'm really curious to know is what needs to be done and when. Watched a Lowes vid on weekly maintenance and seems like we'd be testing water almost every day and putting in some kind of treatment twice a week... Does that sound about right?
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:06 AM
 
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Thanks for the feeback y'all. We figure if we find a home we just love and it has a pool, that may be our compromise. What I'm really curious to know is what needs to be done and when. Watched a Lowes vid on weekly maintenance and seems like we'd be testing water almost every day and putting in some kind of treatment twice a week... Does that sound about right?
More like once a week for each during warm months, less in cool or cold months. But it really depends on the quality of your filter, and quality of chemicals you are using. Keeping the pool clean and use of phos-free will help just about any pool.
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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Don't forget cleaning out the filter, scrubbing the side with brush if any algae shows up. If the pool gets slightly off algae can grow pretty quickly especially in hot weather. Once it gets off you have to shock the pool ( major addition of chlorine) and then you cant swim for a little while. It is fun to have a pool but its adds a lot to your utility bill and chlorine and the chemicals are another expense. Having your friends offer to split the maintenance is nice although does that mean they come over whenever they want? As that could get old too...unless you are hanging out constantly now already.
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