The image of swimming pools invokes feelings and thoughts of pleasure, luxury and relaxation. Advertising often uses images of crystal clear large in-ground swimming pools surrounded by pristine landscaping to draw attention to vacation properties and destinations. Real estate also uses swimming pools with heater as a main highlight for available properties and society in general has places homes with swimming pools at a higher status than others. What they tend not to advertise is all the work and extra responsibility that also comes along with keeping that swimming pool sparkling crystal clear.

I’m sure just about every homeowner would love to have a beautiful swimming pool as their private oasis in their own back yard. However, there is much to consider before making that commitment. There is a significant cost involved in having a swimming pool properly installed by reliable professionals. The swimming pool installation alone can cost significantly more than your automobile.

Keep in mind that this does not include the concrete or stone surround, landscaping, furniture or accessories. So that bill can become pretty hefty pretty quickly. Safety is another consideration. Many areas have strict ordinances as to what safety measures you are required to have in place. Most often this requires a fence of some sort which also adds to the cost. Routine maintenance and pool cleaning will require some time and effort that should be thought about. You will need to educate yourself on how to test the water, and test it frequently, then determine which chemicals are needed when. The pool will also need to be vacuumed with pool cleaner frequently as well to remove any leaves, small debris or algae that may beginning to grow.

Depending on where you live, you may need to “close up” the pool over the winter. This will involve installing a cover to protect it during the winter and removing it each spring to “open up” the pool for each summer. Once you do have the swimming pool up and running, expect your utility bills to never be the same. The pool will require much more water and electricity than you may have anticipated. Hopefully, you will never have the need for a significant repair to your swimming pool. People who have needed such repairs have said that this was one of the costliest repairs they have had to incur.

Owning a swimming pool is not all bad. There are some significant upsides to having your own swimming pool. Having your only little oasis where you can relax right in your own yard can be quite beneficial. There is something about just floating quietly in the water that washes all the days stress away. Not to mention the exercise that a pool can provide. You don’t just have to float around on a raft. Swimming laps or water aerobics is a great form of exercise. It is low impact, easy on the joints, fun and feasible for people of all ages. You can find number of pros and cons over the internet for your consideration.

A swimming pool is also a magnet for social engagements. If you were the kid who in neighborhood who had a pool then you were most likely one of the most popular kids all summer. Tons of great memories are made a children’s pool parties. All the fun around the pool isn’t just for the kids. Entertaining around the pool is a great setting for gatherings of all types of occasions. Installing a swimming pool is one of the best investments one can make to increase the value of their property. Even though you most likely won’t get back as much as you invested, the addition of a swimming pool will not only increase the value of your property but will make it more desirable as well.

Owning a swimming pool isn’t all good or all bad. Just like anything else in life, anything that you feel is worth having requires time, work and responsibility. If you’re willing to put in the time and work then you too can have your own little slice of paradise in your own backyard and take your own alluring pictures of your very own crystal-clear swimming pool.

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