If you’re considering purchasing a pool for your home, now is the time to do so. With the cold weather approaching, it’s the perfect time to have a pool installed. Pool companies often provide a discount when doing installs in the off season, so if pool ownership is heavy on your mind, you might want to consider making that dream a reality.
However, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of pool ownership; also it’s essential to make sure that you’re a good candidate for pool ownership. As the proud owner of a pool, my family and I can’t get enough of it. Nearly every day this past summer was spent lounging by the pool, hosting pool parties and going for late night swims. For us, a pool was the answer to finding a quick and simple summer activity.
How do you know if you’re a good candidate for pool ownership? Allow me to explain:
- · Cost: While owning a pool is a great experience that allows for countless opportunities to make memories and bring people together, it is a bit pricey. Sure, you may be able to get a discount on installation if you buy in the off season, but there are other prices that need to be factored in as well: maintenance, cleaning, chemicals, pool covers and other accessories. If you find that you can’t afford the upkeep that comes along with pool ownership, you may be better off purchasing a public pool pass.
- · Responsibility: Again, while pools are a ton of fun, they require a significant amount of work and responsibility. Every day in the summer I clean, check the chemical balance and organize the pool. Every week, or so, I have to clean the filter and clean the inner tiles. It’s quite a job, but I’m happy to do it. However, if you don’t have the time it takes to maintain a pool, you might not be the best candidate for ownership.
Basically, if you don’t have the financial means or time to support a pool, ownership might not be the answer. However, don’t give up easily; take the time to shop around to find the best prices on pool installations, chemicals, pool covers and other supplies. You may be surprised at how much you can save. I know I was!