A swimming pool can be a fun addition to a home, providing a place to relax, get some exercise, and spend time with family.
However, there may come a time when you start to question whether all the upkeep and risk is worth it, particularly if you do not use your pool very often.
This question can be further complicated by concerns over how keeping or removing the pool could impact your home’s value.
In some cases, having a pool can be an asset when the time comes to sell, but in other circumstances, it can reduce the value of your home and make it more difficult to sell.
Here are some important reasons why you might consider getting rid of your pool this summer.
Your Pool Is Old Or In Poor Condition
One reason that many people opt to have their pool removed is that it is old and in a state of disrepair. Bringing an aging swimming pool up to modern standards can cost a significant amount of money, and there will also be maintenance costs involved.
If your pool is an eyesore and you do not anticipate using it enough to justify the expenses involved, you may find that removing it is the wisest financial decision.
You Cannot Afford Maintenance Or Want To Eliminate Maintenance Expenses
Pool maintenance can be a significant expense. Home Advisor’s 2021 Pool Maintenance Costs report states that maintaining a swimming pool in the United States costs an average of $122 per month, or around $1,400 per year.
However, the total yearly cost is in the range of $3,000 to $5,000 once you factor in repairs, water and electricity in addition to maintenance.
If your pool cannot be used year-round, you can also expect to pay somewhere between $300 and $500 for opening and closing costs.
Specific prices depend on the type of pool in question (vinyl, concrete or fiberglass) as well as its size and your location. Liability insurance will add another $17 to $25 to your pool expenses.
If you are on the fence about whether or not to keep your pool, add up the yearly costs and decide if the enjoyment you get from your pool is worth the expense or if you would be happier spending the money on something else.
You Are Concerned About Safety
Many young families turn to pool removal services to eliminate the worries involved in having a pool on their property.
In addition to the potential for drowning while swimming, there is also the possibility of a child accidentally falling into the pool who is too young to swim.
Having a swimming pool with children, elderly people, or pets around requires constant surveillance, so many people have their pool removed to gain some peace of mind when their children are playing outdoors.
Your Pool Takes Up More Than A Third Of Your Backyard Space
A pool that takes up more than a third of your backyard can hurt your home’s sales prospects. Not everyone wants to deal with having a swimming pool on their property, and if it takes up so much space that the new owners will not be able to use the yard for other pursuits, it can limit your pool of potential buyers significantly.
Your Area Has Less Than Three Months Of Warm Weather
If you live in an area in which the weather is not suitable for enjoying a swimming pool for most of the year, having one on your property can be more trouble than it is worth.
In addition to the expense and hassle involved in closing the pool when the cold weather sets in and opening it once it gets warm, it will take up space that could be used for something you might be able to enjoy year-round, such as a garden or play area for children.
If you are considering selling your home in such an area in the near future, removal could widen the number of potential buyers who are interested in your property.
The Type Of Home and Neighborhood In Which You Live
According to real estate agents, if most of your neighbors have pools, keeping yours is unlikely to have a negative impact on your home’s value or resale prospects.
In fact, a swimming pool can be an attractive feature in a luxury home. However, if you have the only pool in your neighborhood, removing it may be a smart choice if you are planning to sell in the near future.
You Would Rather Use The Space For Another Purpose
If you are frustrated by the amount of free space or layout of your yard because it prevents you from other uses, you may find that swimming pool removal allows you to get the yard of your dreams.
Some people remove their pool so they can create a large grassy space for children to play, while others wish to use the area for sheds or landscaping features.
Planting a home vegetable garden is an increasingly popular choice as people become more concerned about pesticide use and the origins of their food. Other homeowners might like to build a deck or set up an area with a fire pit for entertaining.
Your home should be a place where you enjoy spending time, and if your pool is simply not serving you well, it makes sense to have it removed and repurpose the space where the pool once stood.
Reach Out To The Pool Removal Specialists
If you have decided to remove your swimming pool or would like to learn more about the process, get in touch with the Northern Virginia pool removal specialists at Dirt Connections.
Our team can advise you on the most efficient approach to removing your pool so you can use your yard in the way you choose.
Partial and full removal options are available to suit various budgets and goals, and we can fill and level the area to leave it in optimum condition for whatever use you have in mind.
Dirt Connections was started with one goal in mind: providing quality residential and commercial construction services to clients on time and on budget. Reach out for more information on how we can support your next project.
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