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Old 01-20-2010, 07:17 AM
 
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I apologize if this has been asked before, but I'm a newbie who is moving to the DFW area from out of state and am clueless about pools. We'll soon be renting a home in Arlington or Mansfield (renting b/c we expect to only be there for two years). We've seen a lot of great homes on line and can't wait to get down there to view them in person Here's my question...should we "take the plunge" and rent a house with a backyard pool? My three Kids (school age, decent swimmers) and hubby are all for it (hubby thinks we'll want to do lots of entertaining of family and friends). I'm hesitant because I'll be the one who's in charge of lifeguard duty and cleaning it unless we can negotiate maintenance service into our lease. OR...should we just find a house in a neighborhood with a great neighborhood pool (kids could meet new friends there)?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!

Katea

P.S. Hubby's job will be in Arlington (near med center) so that's why we've decided on renting in Arlington or Mansfield. If you have any opinions regarding Arlington Classics Academy or Boren Elementary in Mansfield, PLEASE feel free to chime in with opinions on those schools too...but that's another thread completely...ha ha!
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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I apologize if this has been asked before, but I'm a newbie who is moving to the DFW area from out of state and am clueless about pools. We'll soon be renting a home in Arlington or Mansfield (renting b/c we expect to only be there for two years). We've seen a lot of great homes on line and can't wait to get down there to view them in person Here's my question...should we "take the plunge" and rent a house with a backyard pool? My three Kids (school age, decent swimmers) and hubby are all for it (hubby thinks we'll want to do lots of entertaining of family and friends). I'm hesitant because I'll be the one who's in charge of lifeguard duty and cleaning it unless we can negotiate maintenance service into our lease. OR...should we just find a house in a neighborhood with a great neighborhood pool (kids could meet new friends there)?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!

Katea

P.S. Hubby's job will be in Arlington (near med center) so that's why we've decided on renting in Arlington or Mansfield. If you have any opinions regarding Arlington Classics Academy or Boren Elementary in Mansfield, PLEASE feel free to chime in with opinions on those schools too...but that's another thread completely...ha ha!
I think pools are great but maintenance can be a headache. Since you are only renting, try your hands at it ( meaning maintain it yourself) if after a period of time it's too much work on you, you can always get a pool service to do the cleaning and you and kids just enjoy. The benefit I see here is that you are only renting; you get to see if that is something you might want to have or not have when you do purchase a home.
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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I am looking to add a pool to my backyard. I can't afford an in-ground, so I'm looking at above-ground models. When in the season should I install? Do I have to wait for end of May?
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:19 AM
 
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ABOVE GROUND POOLS--you need to check with your HOA statutes if you live in HOA neighborhood==
some don't allow above ground pools...
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:37 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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out of state and am clueless about pools.
If you don't know what you're doing stay away from pools. They will require skill, work, care, attention. It will probably cost you about $150 a month average in extra costs of chemicals, electricity, etc and can be dangerous if you have small ones.

Most wise people who own rent houses don't buy homes with pools so they may be hard to find.

Find a community or neighborhood pool, you'll be happy you did and your kids will still have a backyard they can play in.
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:03 PM
 
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the references to renting house with pool were from the OP in January

the thread was started by someone asking about putting in an above-ground backyard pool--not the same person...

once again--probably would have been much better/on target to start a new thread...
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