If you’re like most people and love nothing more than a weekend lazing around the pool with friends and family (especially in South East Queensland!), then having a pool installed when you build a new house may seem like a great idea. However, there are many important factors to consider first, including cost, maintenance and safety. It’s definitely not a decision you should make lightly!
Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself when you’re deciding whether to put in a pool or not.
Will a pool add value to your home?
The first thing to consider before you build a pool is whether it will benefit you financially. While a pool requires a significant financial outlay initially, it will definitely add value to your home overall, when it’s time to sell. Some real estate experts say that having a pool can increase your home’s value by as much as 5%.
There are many other features you could add to your home to increase its value, but nothing will be as powerful as a beautifully presented, sparking swimming pool. It is a timeless feature, always capable of attracting buyers’ attention.
A pool allows you to create your own luxurious, private haven. In terms of beauty and elegance, a well-designed pool is hard to beat. Complementing your pool with decking, paving and attractive landscaping will help you create a relaxed holiday atmosphere at home and a valuable investment.
The best time to install a pool is usually when you’re building your new home. Access is often easier, and you won’t have the disruption to your life you may experience if you put in a pool at a later date. There are usually some cost savings too, as it’s faster and easier for the pool builder to get the job done at this stage. Look for a reputable pool builder who is used to working alongside a new home builder, regarding timing and installation of services.
Can you afford it?
Building a pool requires a significant investment. While the cost depends on the model, size, features and materials used, a pool is not a one-off expense. It requires constant maintenance, as well as utilities such as electricity and water, accessories, equipment, chemicals and additional insurance. And remember, the initial costs go beyond just building the pool. You also need to allow a budget for a deck or tiled surround, landscaping and whatever else you have in mind.
Have you got time to maintain it?
When you own a pool, regular maintenance is a given. All pools require maintenance to make sure that the water is safe and clear, and the pool surface is in good order. And remember, although you’ll probably only use it in summer, it has to be cleaned and maintained all year round. So if you lead a busy lifestyle and you’re not home very much, maybe a pool isn’t for you. Alternatively, you could pay someone to maintain your pool, but this can become quite costly.
Will you use it?
Having a pool is fantastic, as it provides a refreshing escape for the whole family. It creates a great focal point for entertaining too. Even when you’re not swimming, your pool provides a lovely, relaxing outlook. But, as we mentioned above, if you’re a busy person who’s rarely home, a pool may become a rod for your back. So be honest with yourself about how much you and your family will really use it.
Are you prepared for the safety aspect?
Safety is of the utmost important when you have a pool. As a pool owner, you are responsible for every person that enters the pool area, and this responsibility increases when there are children around. If you have young children, you need to be prepared to supervise them at all times. It is also vital that your safety fence and pool gate are kept in perfect working order. Your pool must be safe for everyone 24/7, whether you are home or not.
Hallmark Homes are perfect for poolside living
Many of Hallmark’s home designs feature a spacious, covered alfresco area directly off the living/dining space, perfect for poolside entertaining.