Maybe it’s time to stay home and install a pool instead of hauling the family to a crowded beach. I’ve been chatting with Ann Eldridge of Jeffersonville about her experience with pool ownership. She has a fabulous set up complete with hot tub, fire pit, grilling station, and plenty of room relaxing.
Here is a picture from last year! It’s fabulous!
Here’s what Ann has to say:
How long have you had your pool? 10 years
What do you love about having a backyard pool? Coffee by it in the mornings, drinks by it in the evening. Pool parties, exercise, entertaining grandkids, entertaining friends, cooling off on a hot day.
Who do you recommend for installation? The Pool Man 812-288-8889
What about insurance cost? Insurance companies require the pool to be fenced. They ask about a diving board. I don’t have one so its not been an issue. With diving boards there is a substantial risk of injury they will charge more and maybe withhold coverage. With fencing and no diving board the premium is in line with my other properties which have no pool.
On the expense side ..the pump does run up your electric bill a bit. I have a 2.2 HP, variable speed pump. It runs 24/ 7 and my bill goes up about $70 a month.
What about health benefits? Swimming laps is good exercise just walking in it strengthens legs
How much time do you spend with maintenance? Once the pool is operational I spend maybe an hour a week vacuuming it. I prefer to drop in my mechanical pool boy (vacuum robot) and let him do the vacuuming.
Are you glad you converted to salt water? Converting to saltwater was the smartest decision we made. The pool still has chlorine; the chlorine is actually a byproduct of the salt. By using the salt, it extends the life of your liner. When you exit the pool you don’t feel as though you need to run to a shower. Its not harsh on your skin, hair or swimsuit
What would you say to someone considering installing a pool? I would say there is no better time to move forward with a pool. You have your own backyard get away.
Salt Water Pool Advantages
- Because they have lower chlorine levels, salt water pools are much gentler on the eyes and skin.
- Research indicates that salt water systems may be safer than chlorine pools, which force owners to store and handle unsafe chemicals. Likewise, studies suggest that regular exposure to heavily chlorinated swimming pools could pose long-term risks.
- Salt water pools produce softer-feeling water, which many find desirable.
- Because the salt cells in a salt water system only produce chlorine as needed, the pools require far less maintenance when compared to traditional chlorinated swimming pools.
Average cost to convert to salt water is $600 – $2,000.
Choosing a Size & Location
When you are remodeling to include a pool, size and location of your salt water facility will depend on the specifics of your property. Factors to consider include:
- Space – The size and shape of your yard will determine what size and shape pool will fit.
- Geography – Some features may require additional site prep or hinder accessibility, increasing installation costs: sloped property, underground rock faces, large trees, floodplains, utility lines, and/or local code.
- Personal preference – Smaller pools are cheaper to build and maintain. Larger ones can fit more people. You may also want to leave space for a deck, hot tub, or other added features.
When I sell, will a pool add value to my home?
If you’re selling a house with a pool that’s been well-maintained, nicely designed, has amenities such as adjacent decks, patios and shade structures, and the surrounding area is attractively landscaped, a swimming pool could add about 8% to your sales price. On the contrary, if the pool is in need of repair, isn’t that attractive or has been shoehorned into a small yard, you may not realize an increase in value and could in fact have a more difficult time selling.
You can’t put a price tag on happiness! If you can afford a pool and make wise choices with design, it could be the best investment you’ve ever made in terms of home value and the ability to have a space to entertain, enjoy the summers, and get some exercise and vitamin D.
For other options and more information, call me and I’ll help you find a home with a pool to call your own! This might be a smart way to save on the initial expense and still enjoy the backyard Staycation lifestyle!