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Old 05-08-2007, 01:01 PM
 
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I Know how hot it gets in TX so I am just wondering how come more homes don't have pools? Is it because of the water price?
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Old 05-08-2007, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Not exactly sure, but it could be that, it could be upkeep and there are a lot of areas within developments that have community pools and play areas, so that may be it. I know that personally we weren't looking for anywhere with a pool because we have a little one and want to wait a few years to put one in when they are older.
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:25 PM
 
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lot size--tax rates--availability of community/town pools---activities that children/families do on weekends

not so much water costs but the general upkeep makes pools large percentage of utility costs in many homes...
some ins companies want higher liability which reflects in ins rates...

just because land is hot does not automatically mean people have pools--
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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Thanks for the input, I was just wondering. We may be moving to the area this summer and I was looking at houses. I guess I just thought more would have pools being it is so hot. My husband is worried that if we had a pool and had to sell later on that it could hinder the sale. We had an above the ground pool, years ago in Louisiana so I do know it is expensive, and a lot of work to take care of.
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:50 AM
 
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A lot of homes in my subdivision in Granbury have pools. I know that a nice pool will cost you around 30-40 thousand dollars and up. They can really make them look outstanding these days. With all the rocks and waterfalls and lighting they use. Beautiful. We have a pool and it was already in when we bought our home. I bet for a lot of people in Texas it is a cost factor. You will probably see more homes with pools in the middle to upper price ranges. Not everyone can afford to put a nice pool in and also maintain it. It does get costly. Our pool motor has broke twice sense we have been here (2 years). We have a home owners warranty that covers our pool but if we didn't it would of cost us some money.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:32 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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I would not say that most Texans do not have a pool because of cost factors at all. There are many other variables at play that are the reasons why most may not have a pool.

1. Yard size. In many subdivisions the yards are very small. If one has kids and dogs they may not want to put in a pool to take up the entire yard.

2. Age of children. Many young families do not like the idea of having a pool in the backyard w/ small children in the household. While the pool fences and door alarms (required now in most cities) have come a long way it still is a VERY major deciding factor.

3. Age of homeowner. Many older homeowners do not want the upkeep of a pool and realize they may not use it that much. And if they have small grandchildren that come over to visit this also comes into play.

4. Availability of neighborhood and city pools. Being a native Dallasite I can tell you that the city/neighborhood pools were THE PLACE to be in the summer as kids. We hung out there w/ all of our friends. Many were close enough for older kids to walk or ride their bikes to. Every city/suburb had a public pool back then and often more than one.

5. The new larger subdivisions w/ community pools. These offer a way for someone to have the advantage of a pool w/o having it in their own backyard and having to keep up with it. These are becoming almost the norm nowadays. I have lived in more than one community w/ a community pool and frankly, I LOVE having my own pool.

The upkeep of newer pools is not that big of an issue anymore. Always heard people complain about spending all their time taking care of their pool but that is not the case anymore. We have a pool and I totally love it. The previous owner put it in and it is almost 7 years old. We have only had to repair the polarios once, replace the striker plate on the heater and just recently replaced the filters. When putting in a pool and chosing your pool equipment it is one of those things that really is "you pay for what you get". All of our equipment is high end and we have not had any problems and it is not a chore to keep up w/ and clean and we do it all ourselves. We have the pebbletec and I LOVE IT! As for above ground pools, those detract from the price. Inground pools in upper end homes are almost a must and expected. More homes in my neighborhood have pools than not.
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Old 05-13-2007, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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An average pool in Texas costs $25,000 to put in, and you will be lucky if you see $5000 of that in resale value. There are better ways to keep cool, such as central air conditioning in your home. ;-)

My husband and I do NOT want a home with a pool, and we always tell our Realtor this before we arrange showings. We do not have children, and honestly, we'd never even use a pool. (My husband is a fair-skinned redhead who burns after 5 minutes outside!) I also don't want to keep up with the maintenance or the liabilities. I'd rather have a nicer yard with a good patio or deck for BBQing or entertaining friends.
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Location: TX
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It is surprising that there are so few homes in FW w/ pools. When I went to Tucson, AZ, easily more than half of the homes I saw there had pools. Granted, they get even hotter temps. than us!
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