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Old 05-28-2016, 05:37 PM   #21
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Love our pool! Here in Az they are an asset when a house is sold. We also have a spa attached to ours. We also have a Baja Deck where you can sit a lawn chair in about 16 inches of water and sit under an umbrella and be nice and cool on those 105 degree days here in the desert.
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Old 05-28-2016, 05:40 PM   #22
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We had an above ground, a Doughboy and it was fun. But they are a lotta work. And if you don't pay attention you will have a "green pool" It lasted well past it's warranty.

I do miss it especially now since I'm retired and am thinking hot tub/spa for easing the old age pains, I know I don't want a ladder.

But I may get one of those "pool inna box" ninety nine dollar specials and just toss it inna trash at the end of the season as a "trial spa"

Who knows, only one way to find out eh?
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Old 05-28-2016, 05:59 PM   #23
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OP my parents have a pool, So. Fla. I don't. They treat their own so they save on the maintenance, and other than that general upkeep isn't bad. They got it in 83? re-finished once, and a couple stains now they are looking to fix. My dad does most of the maint, self-clean with barracudas, and plenty of local pool supply shops, or plenty of options for pool maintenance. It is nice to look at, soothing, nice focal point for the backyard. They have it screened as bugs in FL make that almost a requirement. Grandkids love it. But it's also usable twice as long as yours would be. Is a heater for offseason worth it to double the use?

If they were asked to put one in today and didn't have it, they would say no. It sounds, however, like you'd really enjoy it, so if the $ isn't an issue to install I'd vote go for it since you don't have another local option.

I would like to put one in my yard, we have the room. We ER next month, and if after 5 years in we're on track, I'll convince my DH as I do want a water view of some sort, and it's that or move lol. In the meantime a really nice gym near me has a tropical paradise outside pool, and an indoor one as well, so I am planning to join them real soon to tide me over. I have a large patio/deck now, and it's nice, but no water. I like the idea of coming home from a run and just jumping right in since my yard is fenced. Or finishing up and hour of gardening in a florida summer and again, just jumping in.

But if/when I do get the pool, i will enjoy redoing the landscaping and making it a "grotto" kind of thing, with like a rock waterfall going in, all designed to make my backyard more like a tropical haven.
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CountryGal, you know the work involved and the cost. You also know how much enjoyment you get from a pool, we don't. You know how to fund it. So what are you waiting for?
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Aerides - you are onto something with that water view. It is part of the pros of an in-ground pool

RobbieB - The hot tub is sweet! That said, they require daily attention to keep the water quality high. It isn't much, but you can't forget or takes a bit to correct. Pool isn't bad maintenance wise, the opening and closing is most traumatic. After over 20 years of pool care, I can avoid the green. ...except when I was caring for ill parents. We had 2 unused years with a green pool.
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MRG - Good question. I think it is the "what happens when.." question. How long will I be able to care for one.

As for the insurance liability.. it is also an asset living in the country. It is a reserve of water in case of fire.
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Love our pool! Here in Az they are an asset when a house is sold. We also have a spa attached to ours. We also have a Baja Deck where you can sit a lawn chair in about 16 inches of water and sit under an umbrella and be nice and cool on those 105 degree days here in the desert.
They USED to be an asset, and may still be in areas where people like expensive toys, such as Scottsdale. Especially if they are newer and don't present any maintenance headaches at the time of sale. Pools are much rarer in homes built starting around 2000. Lots are smaller now and many subdivisions have community pools. The costs of maintaining and replastering a pool have skyrocketed. Buyers with small kids don't want the risk.

I am selling a rental in Tempe and the buyers specifically did not want a pool because they are starting a family. My house sold faster and for more money because it does not have a pool.
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Then fill it in with dirt and put cactus on top.
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The cost of obtaining a permit and having the pool filled in can cost many thousands of dollars. Easier to buy the house without the pool. Buyers in many areas will pay a lot more for remodeled houses that require no work, including the landscaping.

Here in my Silly Valley neighborhood, two buyers paid big bucks for houses, gutted and redid them, and filled in pools as part of expensive complete re-landscapes. Different market.
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One thing that I have intentionally avoided in retirement, is taking on mandatory tasks to replace the time I used to spend at work.

I want that time to spend freely, however I desire to spend it. For me that was the whole point of retirement, so I am more than willing to make that adjustment rather than filling my free time with more work.

If I was in your situation and wanted a pool, what I'd do is join a gym with a pool. That way THEY do the chores, and you get the fun of swimming when you feel like swimming.
I love this statement. It personifies our philosophy of deliberating on every decision dh and I have been considering as we age. Although we are only middle-aged right now, an almost-empty nest has us thinking new purchases over from every angle. Thank you W2R.

We have briefly thought about a pool as well but are in the wrong climate for it. Countrygal best wishes for you on your decision!
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I'm with others who suggested a hot tub, especially in the North where you will have to close a pool for the winter. It is a royal PITA opening and closing pools...I'm in Florida now and when we are not travelling, spend about 1-2 hours in the pool each day(Mar-Nov) and about 1/2 hour in the hot tub. A pool lap is 8 strokes...join the Y if you want to swim laps....
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We had a pool in our former home. I'm just not a pool person... we maintained it and rarely used it. We have a lakefront home now. Much better views... no need to swim "laps"...just swim in a straight line, no treating of the water... much better than a pool.
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Just paid $400 for a new pump so pool is up and running just in time as we've had a week of high 80s. Still have to fix leak in hot tub line... Abracadabra!

Was great when kids were young. 3 of 4 are lifeguards which makes for good summer jobs. Now? Looks pretty!
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I dream of being an Endless pool owner. A pool with a current so it's like a swimming treadmill. A great luxury. I reckon it would extend ER by a year to get one tastefully installed and 6 months to get the model that looks like physical therapy apparatus.

If my sequence of returns exceeds expectations, then I will get one within a few years of ER. I avoid public swimming pools since I seem to be prone to contracting communicable foot fungi.

If you have the money, I say get your pool or jacuzzi. Frequent travel doesn't seem to be your passion, so making your home as wonderful as possible seems a good expense.
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If you get a pool, get a good winter cover that's stretched across the pool and anchored by bolts in the cement. For years I dealt with the cheap thick plastic covers. They're held down by large plastic "sacks" that you fill with water but they break, or crows peck at them, or they fall in. Then part of the cover falls into the water and if you don't get it right away and snow and ice end up on it you've got a mess. You also have to run out every time there's any substantial rain and use a small submersible pump to get the water off the cover. Then there's the danger of family or pets falling onto the cover and sinking into the water.


The type that stretches across looks better, is almost zero maintenance and can supposedly withstand the weight of an adult although we never tested that out.


One more thought: it's a challenge to keep ducks and geese away and if they breed, they may end up using your pool a lot. Including their offspring and future generations when they return each season. I was an America's Funniest Home Video in which a pool ended up looking like a scene from "The Birds". It made me forever paranoid and I was always shooing mallards off the water.
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When we bought our previous main home, we didn't want a pool. Of course, we ended up with one. It was expensive (maintained by a service and had a high level of automation and an attached spa), but the whole family liked it in varying degrees. We'd have parties, use the spa a lot at night, and it was private enough to skinny dip. The thing was, we were away at our summer place the best ten weeks of swimming weather, so if you amortized the cost over the seven or eight weeks we could actually use it, it was probably a lot. We sold that house and quickly, so it wasn't a detriment to re-sale.

When we bought a different summer house with the idea we would spend five months a year here, we didn't look for a pool but the house we really liked had one. It is much simpler (no spa unfortunately), but the area is expensive so it will be costly to maintain. In this area, people are suddenly going nuts over pools, so it is a big benefit for resale. It is tastefully placed and landscaped and private enough for swimming nekkid.
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It is tastefully placed and landscaped and private enough for swimming nekkid.
Sssshhh...you're revealing out the dirty little secrets of us pool owners! Yes, this is a huge benefit with a well-sheltered pool.
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They USED to be an asset, and may still be in areas where people like expensive toys, such as Scottsdale. Especially if they are newer and don't present any maintenance headaches at the time of sale. Pools are much rarer in homes built starting around 2000. Lots are smaller now and many subdivisions have community pools. The costs of maintaining and replastering a pool have skyrocketed. Buyers with small kids don't want the risk.

I am selling a rental in Tempe and the buyers specifically did not want a pool because they are starting a family. My house sold faster and for more money because it does not have a pool.
Here in North Scottsdale they ARE an asset! Sold a home last fall. Neighbors two doors down no pool. Us with a pool. Exact same house otherwise. Ours went for $25k more specifically, their realtor told us, because of the pool!
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We are in the northeast and have a 20 x 40 in ground pool. We hire a service to open, close and service and clean the pool weekly. The costs are as follows:

open, close and weekly service: $2,400.00
Electricity: guessing about $200.00
we do not heat the pool very often.

Occasionally a pump breaks or some other mishap which I would guess averages $500-$750/year.
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