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tigahbruh
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since Jun 2014
1324 posts

House hunting. Pool or no pool?
Looking for a new house
..should I get one with an existing pool? Potential downsides?
How much is maintenance?
What are the possibilities re: expensive problems?

Not familiar with owning a pool. Don't want to buy a money pit.


fightin tigers
Downtown Prairieville
Member since Mar 2008
56448 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
Pain in the ass. Extra expense. Hidden problems.

Worth it in the summer. Relaxing.


When buying a house a pool is a negative to negotiate price. When selling it is a positive to negotiate price.
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La Squared
Southwest LA
Member since Feb 2012
283 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
If you are going to want a pool at some point you are better off buying a house with one. We built one at a previous home and the appraisal when we sold barely gave us 1/2 the value of what we paid to have it installed 3-4 years earlier.


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Fox McCloud
Member since Oct 2020
1453 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
Just go to the neighborhood pool or know someone with a pool. They are constant maintenance and can be a money pit. Not worth it in my opinion.


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Sus-Scrofa
Arkansas Fan
Member since Feb 2013
3722 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
If you get one, go to a pool supply place and get a crash course in maintenance.

If you don’t, you’ll wake up one day and realize it took a big quick turn on you.


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Capital Cajun
USA Fan
Over Yonder
Member since Aug 2007
5328 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
Do you have young kids, then yes.

I pay $160/mo for weekly service.


Teddy Ruxpin
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2006
35431 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
We bought a house with a pool in April.

With all this bull shite it's already a winner.


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CAT
LSU Fan
Central Arkansas
Member since Aug 2006
6617 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
If buying a house with one pay extra to have someone from a pool company do an inspection.

We pay next to nothing in maintenance costs. The robot does most of it. We’re fishing leaves now but that takes 10 min a day. It’s a salt pool so just drop a few chlorine tabs in the skimmer once a week.

We put $50-75 a month in a envelope to have the $$ when need new robot or when pump goes out.


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Maytheporkbewithyou
Arkansas Fan
Member since Aug 2016
8611 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
Buy a house with an existing in ground pool. Adds no money to the house for the seller.

Learn about your pool and stay on top of the maintenance. Someone posted great advice. Buy a Dolphin pool vac and let it do the major cleaning in your pool.

I have a 33k gallon Grecian L. Mine is a saltwater system with a chlorine generator so my only major chemical expense is bags of salt when I open my pool for the summer.


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FlyinTiger93
LSU Fan
Member since May 2010
2218 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
Add $400 per month for maintenance, electricity, water loss, random pool toys, and misc crap that you don't need. And, hope the pump does not go out. If mine ever does, I am draining it and turning it into a skate park.


CAD703X
Toledo Fan
Liberty Island
Member since Jul 2008
68007 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
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Add $400 per month for maintenance, electricity, water loss, random pool toys, and misc crap that you don't need. And, hope the pump does not go out. If mine ever does, I am draining it and turning it into a skate park
it's not that bad. Your main expense is in the summer and if you diy you'll get everything dialed in and it's a breeze.


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LoneStarTiger
LSU Fan
Lone Star State
Member since Aug 2004
15010 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
we had a pool built this summer. I'll never not have a pool again. I spend about an hour a week on it right now cleaning up leaves and such. I bring in a water sample once every 2-3 weeks. My only regret is not doing it sooner.


Geauxld Finger
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2005
29796 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
all depends on what its worth to you as the owner.

if your family will use it a bunch, its completely worth it

if they won't get a ton of use, not worth it

from my friends in the pool business, they have seen a MAJOR boom this year with most people being home a bunch. We plan in install one in the next 5 years
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Janky
USA Fan
Team Primo
Member since Jun 2011
35957 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
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we had a pool built this summer. I'll never not have a pool again. I spend about an hour a week on it right now cleaning up leaves and such. I bring in a water sample once every 2-3 weeks. My only regret is not doing it sooner.




We are in the process of doing this right now. Our dig date will be in March.


CAD703X
Toledo Fan
Liberty Island
Member since Jul 2008
68007 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
Every kid on our neighborhood hung out at our pool this past summer.

The way 2021 seems to be going we are probably looking at more of the same next year.

Pool companies are taking orders for 2 years out here.


fwtex
Member since Nov 2019
524 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
We bought a house with a pool without ever having had a pool prior in our lives. We heard all the same from people saying they were work and costly to maintain. We love our pool and will probably always have a pool from now on. Can't imagine what we would do in our backyard if we did not have a pool as the pool creates a whole outside living experience.

From the nay sayers you have to know who they are are where there opinion is coming from. If you do not like doing any work around your house, don't like being outside much, and need everything to be a flip of the switch perfect for you then you will probably see a pool as a pain.

However, If your an outside person who like to do some work around the house do little projects here and there VS always hiring someone to do everything, then a pool will not be much work. We keep our pool clean year round and pay $130 month for once a week service. We used to do it all ourselves with not too much problems but the service helps take the brunt of the time now so we can skim leaves and do a little brushing here and there.

If your buying a house and the pool has newer plaster your good for several years. If the pool needs to be replastered or updated then it could be between $2k and $5k expense and that should last you 10+ years if properly maintained before you start thinking about another replaster job.


LoneStarTiger
LSU Fan
Lone Star State
Member since Aug 2004
15010 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
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Can't imagine what we would do in our backyard if we did not have a pool as the pool creates a whole outside living experience.


this is a good point. We have more meals outside now, sit outside and watch concerts or ball games more, or even in this cooler weather just sit by the pool and watch the kids play in the yard. We went over budget with the pool because we didn't account for the other stuff we would end up wanting out there, like all the patio furniture, pool chairs, a TV, and putting limestone down to improve an area that typically stayed wet. In March I spent time in the back yard to garden or mow and stayed frustrated with it's condition. Six months later I was bitching about the idea of it getting too cold to swim.


fwtex
Member since Nov 2019
524 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
LINK

This is a good site for pool care. There is also a pool forum I used before that was really good but can't find it at the moment.

These sights got us away from the pool stores and that made our life much easier. We bought a good water test kit to test the water ourselves. This stopped the continuous sales pitches for every chemical in the pool store.

The second best thing we did is we use the concentrate bleach from the grocery store for our chlorine. This proved to make it really easy to keep the water test perfect to the point we only added about a gallon a week except in the hottest part of the summer we add a gallon maybe twice a week.
This post was edited on 11/23 at 3:25 pm


tigahbruh
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since Jun 2014
1324 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
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This is a good site for pool care.

Thanks! This is helpful.
Still undecided but leaning pro-pool at the moment.


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VermilionTiger
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2012
32234 posts

re: House hunting. Pool or no pool?
Get a friend with a pool, not a pool

Get a friend with a boat, not a boat


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