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Old 04-26-2020, 12:01 PM
 
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Is having a swimming pool an added ''benefit'' to a home?

Does it increase the value of a home since it might be considered an added 'luxury' upgrade? An additional cleansing, spa option?

I hear the pros about them but also there are plenty of cons about them as well. The increase in utility water bill poses a large overhead expense cost/problem. Swimming pools without a cover can attract enormous amount of mosquitoes which can cause mosquito bites to my possible baby girl that is two years ago.

Install a swimming pool or skip this remodeling project.

What are your thoughts about this ?
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Old 04-26-2020, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I think you should think of a pool in terms of your usage of it rather than as an investment. If you'll be in your home a while and it is something your family wants and you're willing to do/pay for the maintenance, then it makes sense. But strictly as an investment option, its added value is dubious. A pool that's really impressive is going to cost a ton, a crappy pool isn't going to add value. Location also matters - can you use the pool four months a year or eight months a year?
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Old 04-26-2020, 01:01 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Is having a swimming pool an added ''benefit'' to a home?
Phoenix or Grand Rapids?
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Old 04-26-2020, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Swimming pools without a cover can attract enormous amount of mosquitoes which can cause mosquito bites to my possible baby girl that is two years ago.
Unless the pool is not being treated with chlorine to keep it balanced, that is not going to happen.
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Old 04-26-2020, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Pros: Nice feature for leisure and exercise. Certain locations (like Florida) make it a plus.

Cons: Adds to monthly expenses (utilities, upkeep). Certain locations (like up north) make usefulness limited.

I live in Florida and we have a pool. Since I can get many months of use it's a plus.

I used to live in CT. We didn't have a pool but a neighbor did. He got maybe two, three months out of it, and went to lots of trouble to keep it during the cold winters.
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Old 04-26-2020, 02:10 PM
 
Location: No Man's Land
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What we learned after we bought our first "pool" home three years ago:
We will never buy a home without a pool again.
We use it mid-Feb. to late Nov.
It's a big pool, my DH does laps for exercise. It's a great entertaining area. Lights up beautifully at night, sit around the patio and bar with our guests (well, pre-virus days).
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Old 04-26-2020, 02:12 PM
 
Location: NC
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In some areas the swimming season lasts 10 months. In others maybe three. That makes a difference to me as to whether it’s worth the hassle.
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Old 04-26-2020, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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They are a negative in Oregon, but my understanding in hot states that it is a negative to not have one.
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Old 04-26-2020, 02:57 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Swimming pools without a cover can attract enormous amount of mosquitoes which can cause mosquito bites to my possible baby girl that is two years ago.
I'd be a lot more concerned about your baby girl falling into the pool when no one is watching than to worry about mosquito breeding. You'd treat pool water to prevent algae, bacteria and mosquito hatching anyway! Whether you end up owning a pool or not, teach your kids to swim.
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Old 04-26-2020, 04:14 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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You should get it it YOU want it and will use it. It seems to be a wash in terms of the general real estate market -- many people don't want pools because they require upkeep, expense, insurance, etc. Some people really want them. We have friends who bought a house with a pool and then they had to move a couple years later, and they would only look at houses that had pools. So, in the case of their market, a pool was a plus. But as a seller, there will be just as many people who don't want it, will want it filled in, or won't even look at the house.

For me personally, a nice pool would have been a positive, but we rarely saw houses with pools. We wouldn't have been able to spend any more than our budget already allowed, and a pool would have been more of a tipping point if there were two houses that were otherwise equal, in terms of location, size of house, type of neighborhood/road, etc.

So, don't put in a pool as an investment, because you could very well lose money. But if you want to have a pool, to use and enjoy yourself, then do it.
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