Reasons You May Regret Buying a Home With a Pool
Moving into a new home with a swimming pool may give you bragging rights around the neighbourhood BUT there’s a lot more to it than just planning poolside parties and gatherings. Below are some of the reasons why you may regret buying a home with a pool.
Costly Routine Maintenance
Owning a home with a pool in the backyard provides a convenient source of fun for the entire family. However, you’ll be on the hook for regular (and expensive) maintenance when the pool is in use.
” A typical pool cleaner would cost you about $200 per visit, every four to six weeks plus $200 each year for extra chemicals required. That’s about $1800 each year.Adam Martelletti on The Real Cost of a Swimming Pool
When you look at these basic running costs of owning a backyard pool it’s clear that the standard running costs easily mount. Then there are also other things to consider like equipment break down, council and inspection fees and meeting all your compliance rules.”
A tear in a swimming pool’s lining, a protective layer applied to the pool before it’s filled, is a common repair experienced by homeowners. The liner acts as a barrier between the pool walls/floor and water, and it helps prevent mold growth. Vinyl lining is popular largely due to its affordability.
To know more, continue reading Common pool repairs from Home Advisor
Patching a vinyl liner costs as little as $20 with a DIY patch kit, or you can hire a professional to do the job for around $200. Always hire a pro to repair a fiberglass liner. This typically costs around $300. Usually, you will need to drain and sand concrete or gunite pools for proper repair. This price usually ranges from $800 to $1,550. For
Energy Bills WIll Go Up
As if your energy bills weren’t high enough during the hot summer months, add an in-ground pool to the mix and they will climb even higher. You could end up paying extra $$$ annually for the additional electricity required to run the pool pump and such. The average swimming pool will cost between $800 and $1,200 to run annually – consuming between 2,000 and 3,000-kilowatt hours of electricity.
Another thing is that heating your pool can cost a bomb – especially if you’re using gas. Solar Heating is about $100 to $200 each year, electric heating $250 to $750 each year, and gas heating $500 to $1500 each year.
“The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report shows that there were 249 drowning deaths and an estimated 551 hospitalisations resulting from non-fatal drowning incidents across Australia between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. The figure is a 14% decrease on 2016/17. The Surf Life Saving National Coastal Safety Report 2018 reveals that 110 coastal drowning deaths occurred in the past year which is above the 14-year average of 99 drowning deaths.”National Drowning Report 2018 – Royal Life Saving WA
There should be a fence completely surrounding the pool area to prevent these things from happening. Pool fencing options vary by type (glass, mesh, vinyl, etc.) and price. $200 to $350 per linear metre for a treated pine timber slat fence..
Apart from that recreational water-related illnesses such as ear and respiratory infections, rashes and diarrhea are caused by exposure to water contaminated with germs and chemicals found in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, and various other public swimming spaces.
Home Resale Value Is Low
A backyard swimming pool might scare away potential buyers who are turned off by the work and expense required to maintain a pool. You might think that having a pool in your backyard would boost your home’s resale value significantly, but it won’t. Homeowners with pools may only see a 7-28% return on investment at resale given that they have ‘ticked’ all the boxes as discussed here in HomesToLove.com.au