Is your pool becoming an eyesore and/or hassle to maintain? Having a swimming pool at home offers many advantages for families that swim regularly, but there are just as many drawbacks to owning a pool. Below are ten compelling reasons many homeowners are choosing to remove their pools.
You Are Not Using The Pool As Often As You Once Did
Swimming pools get a lot of use when children are young, but as they grow older and head off to college, many families find that their pool is being used far less often. In this case, it may make sense to remove the pool entirely to avoid maintenance costs and free up yard space.
Your Maintenance Costs Are Adding Up
In many cases, the expenses involved in maintaining a pool cannot be justified if you are not using it often. According to Realtor.com, homeowners generally spend anywhere from $400 to $600 per month on weekly pool cleaning, water testing, filter replacement and other maintenance expenses. Some people also pay to heat their pool.
You Will Be Renting The Property Out
If you have decided to move elsewhere and rent your property out, it may be advantageous to remove the pool as this will reduce your legal liabilities and insurance costs. Consider the type of renters you will be marketing your home to and whether a pool will be an asset or a hassle for them.
You Never Wanted A Pool In The First Place
Perhaps you have just purchased your home and it meets all of your requirements except for the fact that it has a pool you do not want. This is fairly common, and many homebuyers factor the cost of removing the pool into their home repair and remodeling budget.
You Want To Make Your Home More Attractive To Buyers
Some homeowners opt for pool removal to help their home sell. Certain sets of buyers, especially seniors and people with children or pets, do not want a pool in their yard.
In addition to eliminating this liability and potentially enabling your home to sell faster, you can use the space that your pool once occupied for features that could become a selling point. Real estate agents report that grassy spaces and covered patios can help your home sell.
Your Pool Needs Extensive Remodeling Or Repairing And You Cannot Justify The Cost
Sometimes pools need minor repairs, but if it is time to resurface the concrete in your pool, replace multiple broken tiles or resurface the pool deck, you may decide it is the right time to simply remove the swimming pool altogether.
Realtor.com reports that redoing plaster can cost around $10,000, while upgrading equipment could add another $10,000 onto that.
You Need More Space For Entertaining And Other Purposes
If your swimming pool takes up most of your yard, your options for outdoor entertaining are limited – especially if you do not spend a lot of time swimming. Pool removal allows you to create additional space in your yard that you can use for other activities throughout the year. Many families will use the space freed up by pool removal for outdoor sports, gardening or setting up a playground or patio.
Your Pool Is In The Way Of A Home Addition
If you are considering adding on to your home, you may find that the position of your swimming pool prevents you from carrying out certain remodeling options. In this case, the entire pool structure can be removed to create space for the addition, but it must be done by professionals to ensure the area is structurally sound enough to support the new portion of your home.
Your Pool Is In A State Of Disrepair And Poses A Safety Hazard
If you have not used your pool for a long period of time, emptying it is not a good solution because it will still collect water during heavy rain and snow. Any water that does collect will become stagnant, providing the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and attracting pests like mosquitoes.
Moreover, even small amounts of water in the pool could present a drowning risk to pets and other small animals. For many homeowners, it is far better to remove the pool altogether to avoid these risks.
You Want To Save On Utility Bills Or Enhance Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
The energy costs involved in keeping your pool running and the water used to keep it full can lead to high utility bills. If you do not use the pool enough to justify these expenses, you should consider having it removed. A full removal can also help to make your home more energy efficient.
Options For Removing Your Pool
When a homeowner decides to remove their pool, there are two options: partial removal and full removal.
Partial removal involves draining your pool and punching holes in the bottom of the structure. The top layer of the pool is then demolished and the rubble this creates is used to fill it in, along with dirt and topsoil, which is then compacted to create a smooth surface.
Although this is a relatively affordable option, it could lead to sinkage in the yard and the area may not be buildable.
A more thorough option is complete pool removal, which entails draining the pool and then breaking up all the material of the pool so it can be removed and hauled away. Then, the area is filled using soil and gravel. Finally, the area is compacted so that it can be used for landscaping, gardening and other purposes.
Reach Out To The Pool Removal Professionals
If you are considering having your swimming pool removed, get in touch with the experienced pool removal team at Dirt Connections. Their experts can demolish your pool and haul away the debris, backfill it with dirt and grade the yard, leaving you with an enjoyable and usable space and freeing you from the stresses and expenses of owning a swimming pool.
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