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Buying Homes with Pools – what to look out for

Owning a home with your own pool may sound very appealing to many people. Having a pool is a great way to relax and beat the summer heat while staying in your own backyard. But, as with anything great, having your own pool comes with a lot of responsibility. There are also some financial factors to take into consideration. While it may sound like a dream come true, make sure you consider a few things before buying a home with a pool.

Have the pool inspected by a professional.

You’ll want to get a solid inspection of the pool to make sure it is safe to use and has been taken care of. Older pools may have issues that could require a significant investment on your part to ensure your safety. There are a variety of construction methods for manufacturing pools and each can pose its own concerns. If the pool has a liner, you’ll want to make sure it’s in good shape with no tears or gaps. A professional inspector will be able to evaluate everything from the liner to the pump and filter system, as well any other mechanics of the pool. Pools are usually well-constructed and will last for many years if maintained correctly.

Make sure to check with your homeowner’s insurance company on coverage options.

Usually, most homeowner’s insurance policies will not cover the pool itself. While accidents associated with the pool would be covered, its a good idea to see whether or not owning a pool will increase your insurance premiums.

How does a pool impact the value of a home?

While constructing a quality pool can be somewhat expensive, it actually will not add a significant value to a home. It may even make the home harder to sell in the future since not everyone wants the maintenance responsibility that goes along with owning a pool.

Pool Maintenance

Maintaining a pool will require a bit of due diligence. Hiring a pool service is the easiest and most expensive ways to take care of a pool. The water needs to checked daily to make sure the chemicals are balanced. An array of chemicals will be required to keep the water beautiful and safe. The pool also needs to be cleaned and skimmed on a regular basis. Regular pool maintenance can be daunting for a new pool owner. But, it is really fairly simple and inexpensive as long as you have a routine plan in place and stay on top of it.

So, if you are dreaming of owning a home with a pool, go for it. Just make sure to educate yourself on the ins and outs of the maintenance and keep your pool in tip top shape. A properly maintained swimming pool can provide your family and friends with endless hours of outdoors entertainment for years to come.

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