How to Get the Most Out of Your Pool

by James SheaOctober 9, 2018

An in-ground pool in the backyard can be the perfect addition to a home. Imagine the water shimmering in the backyard, and people gathering around the pool and socializing. A pool is the perfect centralized element to backyard landscaping, but there are many factors you must consider when adding a backyard pool.

The most important is cost. An in-ground swimming pool installation starts at around $21,000, but you can spend $50,000 or more on a pool. That doesn’t include additional features around the backyard that fit with the pool. It’s a major financial investment.

woman in sun hat lounges poolside

“I’d say the bare minimum for a pool, assuming that everything’s perfect and you want a really stripped down product, is $50,000, but it usually gets up to $100,000 and beyond,” said Jon Hutchings, owner of Bikini Pools and Spas.

A homeowner can generally recoup a portion of the cost when selling a property. A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors found an in-ground pool can increase a home’s value between 4% and 6%. A Houselogic’s study found that a pool raises a home’s value as much as 7%.

Reasons to Add a Pool

  • Great Way to Exercise

    A pool provides a low-impact way to exercise. This can be good for seniors who want less stress on their joints but also for people who are recovering from an injury. Water provides a nice amount of resistance, and one can get in a good workout without the wear and tear of running on the road or with heavy exercise equipment.

  • Helps you Relax

    You were born in water, and the body relaxes when it’s in or near water. Scientists have done brain imaging when people are around water, and the tests found that the brain releases dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and other feel-good hormones. Additionally, levels of the stress hormone cortisol decline. Water also increases one’s ability to focus.

  • Kids Love Playing in a Pool

    Kids love pools. A pool is great social gathering place for children. Smaller children can learn to swim in a backyard pool, and older children can host friends. Having this safe environment for children to socialize and have fun together will also be a cool way to host pool parties and have informal gatherings.

  • Creates a Community Atmosphere

    Neighbors and friends will enjoy gathering poolside. It creates a community atmosphere and is a natural commonplace for get-togethers. You don’t have to swim to enjoy the perks of a backyard pool, having a drink while lounging is also a relaxing way to mingle with guests. You’ll really get a kick out of gathering with neighbors to share laughs and good times. It’s like having a tiny bit of the beach in your backyard.

  • Eye-Catching Addition

    A well-constructed pool is a beautiful addition to a home. People will immediately notice and admire a pool in the backyard. The clear blue water and the concrete are the perfect combination to enhance any space – big or small.

Service man cleaning pool filters removing leaves that have fallen in pool.

Reasons Against Installing a Backyard Pool

  • Expensive

    As mentioned above, pools are expensive to install. You can spend a large amount of money to install one, especially if it’s custom designed. A pool isn’t an easy project, and you have to make sure you have the necessary backyard space to accommodate it.

  • Higher Homeowners Insurance

    A pool also creates increased liability for a homeowner and that causes a person’s homeowner’s insurance go up. It’s recommended that you increase your homeowner’s liability insurance to $500,000 if you have a pool. That could add as much as $100 a year to your annual homeowner’s insurance rate.

  • Maintenance Costs

    Pools take money to maintain. You have to purchase chemicals to treat them, as well as fix any problems that occur. Pool maintenance costs average about $750 a year. The costs will go up if you are paying someone to maintain yours. To get around some of these costs, make sure you take a look at these pool maintenance hacks.

  • Safety Risk

    A pool creates additional risks. There is always the chance of someone slipping on the deck or drowning. You have to be cautious , especially with small children around. You might not want to assume the extra risk that comes with having one in your backyard.

  • Critters

    Snakes, frogs, salamanders, and other creatures can be attracted to a pool. It’s part of the hazards of owning one. You’ll have to deal with creatures or hire a professional once these critters decide to use the standing water as breeding grounds or a new home.

  • High Electrical Costs

    Especially before the weather is extra warm in the summer, it can be expensive to heat a pool. A pool can raise your electrical bill as much as $500 a year.

  • Kids Grow Out of Using a Pool

    When children are growing up, nothing is more important than having the bragging rights of having a pool. The children enjoy playing and swimming in the summertime. Unfortunately, children grow up, and when that happens, the pool might not be used as much. It might sit empty in the backyard.

installation of blue pool cover.

If your pool has seen better days, here’s how you can fill it with something that’ll make your backyard come to life once again.

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James Shea
James Shea is an award-winning journalist and author. He owns Media Lab, a content marketing and search engine optimization company is Richmond, Virginia.

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