Ah, the eternal question.
I installed a 24,000 gal. in-ground pool in my previous home (Atlanta area)
and we enjoyed it immensely. It was a nice centerpiece to the backyard
landscaping and an excuse to have weekend parties. I spent about 1 hour /
week for maintenance and about $150 each season for chemicals. When we got
ready to buy another house, we went looking for one with either a pool or
enough room to add one. In my personal experience, most folks who say they
would never have a pool because of maintenance, cost, liability, etc have
NEVER had one and don't really know what their talking about.
I bought a home in New Orleans - In town not the suburbs. Had a lovely
pool that took up most of the backyard. It was a selling point for me.
Little did I know.
There was a hackberry tree and a Chinese tallow tree that hung
gracefully over the pool. Well, if you have had a pool you know right
away what happened. These two trees dropped leaves, flowers and berries
all day and night. The berries were a poisonous purple which stained
everything they touched. The bottom of the pool and coping was
constantly spotted. Could NOT get the trees down because one of them
belonged to a neighbor and the other was so big, no one could get the
needed equipment in to get it out. Plus it had grown into the neighbor's
You cannot drain and clean a pool in New Orleans because of the water table.
Plus I would find dead frogs in the skimmer on a regular basis. It had
to be cleaned all the time and despite the fact that New Orleans was
built over Hell, the water temp was cold most of the year.
I bought chemicals by the case!
There were also two vicious German Police dogs - who did really belong
to the police - who lived behind us and would jump the fence to go
swimming. Their owners were always apologetic - when you could find them
- and would come retrieve them. It seemed they could only jump one way.
It was a terrible experience. I would never have another pool.
Joe Fabeitz wrote:
Holy smokes! That's quite a story. You missed an opportunity for
entertainment, though. I have to think it wouldn't be impossible to find a
person with these two qualifications:
1) Owns a large alligator and would be willing to bring it over for a couple
2) Believes, as I do, that dogs are in the same category as rats &
mosquitoes, and should be "managed" with extreme prejudice (and gusto).
Does this require clarification, or are the delicious possibilities pretty
It depends upon the buyer, his/her family members, and where the house
is located. In Florida, it is probably more of an asset. In Maine, less
of an asset.
Kids would probably use the pool more than adults. Adults look more at
the maintenance and costs. Where I am in NY, the average swimming season
is about 3-1/2 to 4 months. That leaves 8 to 8-1/2 months of looking at
a black pool cover (when it's not covered by snow).
Depends on where you live I think.
Here in Phoenix Arizona it's a big plus. Nobody in their right mind
would demolish a pool here.
However, if you live in a colder climate........
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