Having a pool in your own backyard is the ultimate luxury. To come home after a long day of work and take a dip in the pool is the best way to relax. Not only that, but it actually increases the value of your home. While having a pool may seem like all fun and games, having a pool comes with downsides, such as building costs, maintenance costs, and safety issues.
Benefits of Having a Home Pool
With a pool in your backyard, your home suddenly becomes the social headquarters of your neighborhood and friend group. This is a great feature for your home because it can be used for many social events such as barbecues, parties, and small gatherings.
Another added benefit of having a pool is that it is a perfect activity for kids of all ages. Whether you have family visiting from out of town, or have kids of your own, a pool is a fun activity for everyone to enjoy. Additionally, a pool party is a perfect way to celebrate birthdays and holidays.
A pool is also good for your mental and physical health. Traveling to a gym that has a public pool is not the same as walking into your own backyard to your very own custom, and private, pool. Swimming laps in your pool increases endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. Your pool can also help balance your mental health. Practicing yoga in or out of the pool improves flexibility, calms the mind, and relieves stress.
Disadvantages of Having a Home Pool
Even though having a pool in your backyard can be great, there are some disadvantages. Cost is generally the biggest factor in opting out of a home pool for many families. Building a pool in your backyard can be fairly expensive. These costs include digging, electrical, tiling, and pool start-up, which can become pricey.
Another disadvantage to building a pool is the added safety responsibility. Homeowners with a pool are liable for any injuries caused in their pool. There need to be safety precautions such as a fence or gate to surround the pool to keep people safe. In addition, there is also the added cost of more expensive insurance.
A concern many have with installing a pool in New England is the weather. During the summer months of June, July, and August, it is warm enough outside to enjoy your very own pool, but only for a short period of time. A heater would have to be installed to enjoy a pool during the colder months, which is an added expense. Also, if you opt-out of making your pool usable year-round, it also comes with the added cost and time of closing it down for the season.
With a pool, there are many enjoyable benefits but it also comes with drawbacks. To decide whether a pool is right for you, Harbor Classic Homes can help you with this decision!