Let’s Put Some Myths About Owning a Pool to Rest

There are a lot of preconceived notions about owning your own pool. Let’s take a look at some of the most prevalent myths out there.

I’m not rich! Pools are only for wealthy people who live in mansions!

Well, it’s not free, but owning your own pool isn’t just for the 1%. There are actually many reasonably-priced options for putting a pool in your backyard. You have control over the type of pool, materials, accessories and landscaping you choose, which will all influence the cost of the project. And don’t forget, your pool will help reduce other expenses, such as membership dues to community pools, the cost of vacations away from home and other recreational activities.

But it’s a big investment, I don’t have that kind of money sitting around.

Actually, homeowners can finance a pool with a long-term mortgage, to spread out the cost over time.

What about ongoing costs? Won’t it make my electricity bill go up?

Utility bills vary depending on where you live and who your provider is, but average estimates show that utility bills only increase between $30 and $50 each month with a pool.

I’m busy, I don’t have time to maintain a pool.

Technology makes everything easier and is more cost-effective than ever. With all the tools on the market, you’ll find that maintaining a pool is easier than taking care of your car or lawn! (And it’s not as expensive as you think to hire someone to help you maintain your pool.)

But don’t pools require constant repairs?

You should always research a builder’s work and ask questions about the longevity of the pool you are considering. And proper cleaning and maintenance will prevent the need for unscheduled repairs and refurbishing.

OK, but I heard from this guy I know that pools can actually decrease the resale value of a home.

Not true. Banks and other financial lenders often look favorably upon swimming pool financing, considering it a “home improvement” that will increase both the current and resale value of the home.

What about safety? Don’t a lot of accidents happen in pools?

Attentive adult supervision is always the best way to maintain a safe pool. But putting in fences, pool covers, gates and pool alarms can offer additional layers of protection to enhance safety. And some experts believe that having a pool actually saves untold lives because children learn to swim at a very early age and are less likely to drown in emergency situations later in life.

So, if I decide to put in a pool, will that mean that my yard will be ruined for a year?

It’s always important to get an accurate understanding of the building process, as it will help you develop realistic expectations for the completion of your pool. Many pools are completed in just a few months (and winter is the best time of year to build). Of course, unforeseen factors such as the crazy North Carolina weather or permit delays can affect the building process. A good builder will communicate any changes in the project schedule to you as soon as possible.

But what if I’m swindled by a dishonest pool builder?

Just like with any other home improvement project, you should check a builder’s professional credentials, ask for references and view samples of complete work. Do your due diligence to make sure you contract with a reputable company.

Do you have more questions? Get in touch, and we’ll be happy to help you understand everything about building and owning your own pool.