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Swimming PoolPool can be a bit of a polarizing issue when it comes to buying homes. Some people dream of lounging in their own private oasis, while others might be turned off by potential safety worries or fear of upkeep. No matter which category you fall into, we have some helpful tips that you can look for when purchasing your first home with a swimming pool.

First things first, make sure to keep your head above water when considering a home that has a swimming pool. Many homeowners do not consider the cost of maintenance when it comes to buying a home with a swimming pool, and this can put you in financial trouble. If you are already stretched to the max with your mortgage, rather than being a great place to relax and enjoy, a swimming pool might put a financial hardship on an already tight budget. Additionally, homeowners insurance can be more expensive when a swimming pool is involved. Before buying a home with a swimming pool, be sure you are knowledgeable about and prepared to handle the maintenance and additional costs of owning a pool.

Second, you need to consider the safety aspects of a swimming pool. Young children and pets, and even some adults, are not as strong of swimmers as they think they are. Before buying a home with a swimming pool, make sure you will be able to make it a safe as well as enjoyable place to spend your time. Fences surrounding the pool, covers, alarms, and locks can all be helpful when it comes to the safety of your family.

The last thing to consider might be the most crucial– do you really want a pool? If you love the house but aren’t excited about the pool or the idea of maintenance, you might be better off choosing another home rather than attempting the expense of draining or removing the pool.

For more tips about what to look for in a swimming pool, contact our team at Backyard Paradise and Restoration.