This simple question is one that everyone should consider before taking the plunge. I am not naïve enough to believe that swimming pools are for everyone—each situation is different. Many people who have pools would probably be better off without them, due to time, financial, and other issues. There are many things to consider when trying to determine if a pool would fit your needs. Following are some questions to consider when weighing the pros and cons of pool ownership.
Does it fit the needs of our family? Being able to enjoy time at home with your family is priceless. Being able to stay home to beat the heat is much more desirable than having to get in the car to go to another location to enjoy a swimming pool.
Does it fit our lifestyle? Relaxing by the pool is another common reason that pools continue to be popular—poolside reading and meditating are popular activities.
Would we use it to improve our health? This has become an increasingly popular reason to own a swimming pool. Lap swimming and water aerobics are very common, but there are also medical benefits such as weight control and heart and lung conditioning.
Would we use it for entertaining? Backyard cookouts become even better when you have a pool to keep guests entertained and if celebrating birthday parties, anniversaries, holidays, you name it, there is no better place to celebrate a special occasion than poolside.
Would it improve the look of our backyard? From waterfalls to dark bottom pools, today’s consumers are adding the natural look to their backyard, creating a tropical paradise right at home. Most pools improve the look of the backyard.
Do we have time for a pool? People are so busy that having something that they do not use does not make sense. Pools need attention, and I always tell people that if they cannot come up with at least one hour per week that they could care for their pool, then they probably do not have enough time for a pool. In the fall when the leaves are falling it takes more than one hour per week.
Can we afford a pool? There are several costs of owning a swimming pool. Typically pools are financed. Most inground swimming pools range from $25,000—$45,000. A $30,000 loan at 9% for 15 years creates a monthly payment due of approximately $300. In addition, monthly chemical and utility costs (electricity and water) are approximately $100 for the average-sized residential pool. That makes the cost approximately $400 per month. If you do not use the pool or could use the money elsewhere, then purchasing a swimming pool is probably not a wise financial move.
Hopefully these questions will help you make the right decision when considering whether or not to purchase a swimming pool. If you are ready to take the plunge, give us a call at (940)591-9070 to schedule an appointment—we will come to your residence and begin discussing the possibilities.