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Old 02-08-2011, 01:54 PM
 
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We never have a house with pool before and thinking of buying a house with a pool. We have a 5 months old baby and thought our son might enjoy the pool when he gets older + we'd like it for us two as well

Though I do have some concerns: safety (mainly this part), maintenance and cost of having it. What are pros and cons of having a pool in your back yard?

Thank you in advance!
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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Maintenance is probably the biggest con. Another would be that the pool takes up playing room in the yard.

A pro would be that you could use the pool year-round whereas community pools are usually only opened from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day weekend, 3 months...

A heated pool can be used much more of the year than a non-heated pool.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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It is darn hot here so I would love a pool, plus a grew up with one and would swim for hours on end. Plus, being my own pool, I like the it is more "ool" without the "p".
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:04 PM
 
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I would ask my agent for sold comps - simlar houses w/ and w/o a pool to get a feel of the market conditions. Myself I totally don't want a pool and would not bother looking at a house with one. Find out if having a pool would help or hurt when it's time to sell because you'll never know when you'll have to put your house on the market.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:32 PM
 
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I would not have one - safety reason. Unless I could afford one of those retractable covers you can walk on, PLUS a fence around AND I had lots of grass in back yard.

Even then, I'm not sure I could relax 100% in the house.

I assume you are having more kids. COuld be years until they can all swim. My 4 yo still can't swim despite lots of lessons.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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We have a pool, grass, and a playset on our backyard. They don't have to be exclusive.

If there isn't a fence around the pool, I would plan on getting one installed. Safety is pretty key but it can be done. We lock the gates when we aren't in the pool area with the kids and insist on having a parent stay in the pool area if their child is invited to go swimming.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:54 PM
 
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My pool is like a child, always requires attention. Last week's freeze was also challenging keeping it afloat and not freezing.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:12 PM
 
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My pool is like a child, always requires attention. Last week's freeze was also challenging keeping it afloat and not freezing.
Our pool pump automatically runs when it gets close to freezing.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:13 AM
 
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If you have a community pool, I would vote against it. Don't know what areas Falconhead West is talking about, but our community pools are open year round. I would be most concerned about safety. A fence around the pool is a must. But the costs are high as well.

And depending where you buy, the grass area left over after the pool is in is limited at best.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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My brother has had a pool for the last 15 years. I wouldn't buy a house with one. It's a lot of work to maintain, dangerous for small kids, and you end up not using it as much as you thought you would.
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