I know that a lot of people think that having a swimming pool is all that but, from someone who's had one all her life, I can tell you - it's not. There are a bunch of reasons not to have a swimming pool and I'm about to tell you why!
Swimming Pools Are Expensive to Open
If you aren't confident in remove the winterizing plugs and priming the pump, you're going to need to have a pool company come out and do the opening of your pool for the season. Expect to spend between $175 and $225 to open you pool, depending on if you'll remove the swimming pool cover yourself or not.
Swimming Pools Are More Expensive to Close
It can cost as much as $400 for a pool company to close your pool. And, if you don't own the expensive equipment needed to blow out your lines of water for the winter, you'll pay the highest price to have your pool closed.
Swimming Pool Are Expensive to Maintain
Seasonal chemicals may run between $300 and $400 dollars or even higher if you have a really hot summer and need to load up on chlorine and algaecide. And, you could be in hundreds of dollars if your chemicals become unbalanced and you have to dump more in.
You Might Have More Friends Than You Want
It seems as though friends just miraculously appear at your house on the hottest summer days, toting their kids, if you have a pool. You might as well stock up on hamburgers and hot dogs for the grill as those people have to eat!
Swimming Pools May Reduce a House's Value
Depending on where you're located, a swimming pool may get you a lower bid when you go to sell your house. Not everyone wants the responsibility, maintenance and insurance issues associated with a pool.
Swimming pools are not for everyone. I've had one all my life and have sworn a few times that I'll never buy a house with one again - but, here I am. It seems as though the swimming pool demon is following me around!
When I had a swimming pool I liked it and did spend time and money on it, however used it a lot. I would not have one now since it is only me swimming. I go to the rec center and let them do the work when I want a dip.Great list and honest reasons to not have one.
I can say I've never really wanted or had more than a wading pool for my son but you have shed a lot of light that I didn't know about. It all makes perfect sense to me, but there will always be the ones to impress others. So they may as well prepare the hamburgers and hot dogs! Excellent read! H5
You offer lots of good reasons for not owning a pool. We bid on a house with a pool, even though we didn't really want the pool! Fortunately, we didn't get it! Good list every prospective pool reader should read!
Owning a swimming pool is very nice. It is nice just being able to jump in the pool on a nice hot day or have a few people over for a pool party but you are right, they are expensive to keep up and they are a lot of work. We used to have one and we were debating whether we wanted one at our new house and decided not to because of the amount to time it takes to clean the pool and the amount of money to takes to maintain. Nice list. H5.