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Cole12 December 21st, 2016 3:13am

According to HomeAdvisor.com, the average swimming pool costs a whopping $18,814. Considering how infrequently most people actually use their pools, installing a pool at your house is usually a massive waste of money.

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Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
12/21/16 12:47 pm

If you can afford it, that's your own business. It's more of a landscaping thing than a recreational thing to many.

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dfish at home
12/21/16 7:55 am

Considering the amount they get used plus the maintenance cost, but it does add to the resale cost so there's that.

rons WOKE is sick
12/21/16 7:10 am

Cleaning the leaves out would be a problem. Hate chemicals. So not for me. invite over to yours sounds good.

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Think Lovin Life
12/21/16 1:13 am

We bought our home because of the pool. My wife loves it, and is in it every day -- April to October.

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Krystina Let Freedom Reign
12/20/16 11:35 pm

That's why I have one of those above ground cheapo models.

catpillow Florida West Coast
12/20/16 11:27 pm

It depends on where you live. Houses with pools in my Florida neighborhood are much more desirable than those without.

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chickencookie Jihad Joe
12/20/16 10:15 pm

A lot of people don't want one when they look for a house. There's the maintenance and you have to be very careful with young kids.

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
12/20/16 10:18 pm

That's new to me since real estate agencies advertise for the pool as an asset.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
12/20/16 10:30 pm

It depends on the family but I personally know many who did not want one.

sea California
12/21/16 9:26 am

I think it's because most home buyers do not want a pool. However for the 20% of people who do want a pool, they really want one and are willing to shell out big money for them. At least that's what I've read and it seems to make sense.

4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
12/20/16 9:59 pm

Might be kind of impractical here in Northern Minnesota unless it big enough to do double duty as a skating rink.

brentwho Home
12/20/16 9:26 pm

My parents installed a pool something like 25 years ago
It didn't get used for more than about 10 years, before it began to be ignored,

Nbd12
12/20/16 9:24 pm

Lots of enjoyable things are a waste of money. Some people just have more to waste than others.

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lj74
12/20/16 8:59 pm

And from a resale point of view it can be seen as an attractive nuisance and may limit your audience

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UniversePlan Michigan
12/20/16 9:08 pm

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rlands
12/20/16 9:15 pm

I was gonna say it might increase resale price! But I've never sold a house with a pool so 🙃

UniversePlan Michigan
12/20/16 9:18 pm

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UniversePlan Michigan
12/20/16 9:19 pm

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lj74
12/20/16 9:20 pm

Not always. It depends on the location and if people are looking for a pool.
I have had large houses with pool and many bedrooms and baths. Some people perceive pools as too much work.

UniversePlan Michigan
12/20/16 9:23 pm

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cpaswr just say the letters
12/20/16 8:58 pm

People asked me and my wife if we were going to install a pool at the new house. I told them that it will not happen.

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
12/20/16 8:53 pm

You can alternatively put up an aboveground pool at a tenth of the price or less for the biggest ones which ate the only ones big enough for a swim.

UniversePlan Michigan
12/20/16 9:09 pm

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
12/20/16 9:46 pm

You can also take it with you if you move house.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
12/21/16 12:32 pm

Above ground pools have never been cool lol.

auntiesamm Orange County CA
12/20/16 8:47 pm

Had a pool when we lived in Vegas. Open early April thru October. Used it every day. Upkeep was minimal - husband and I shared the duties. Worth every penny!

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Nik
12/20/16 8:38 pm

It depends on where you live. In Phoenix AZ, summers are above 100 degrees, a pool is great! I installed a bolt to the deck thick vinyl cover, when I pull the cover off in March all I need do is a little shock, I only run the pump and filter @2hrs a day. Very little cost and maintenance.

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Squidboy Snarkapottamus
12/20/16 8:49 pm

This. If I lived in the sunbelt I would have one. A waste in Oregon

political Georgia
12/20/16 8:31 pm

Don't forget the risk of skin cancer by exposing your body to harmful UV rays repeatedly.

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UniversePlan Michigan
12/20/16 9:11 pm

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presrvd Phoenix
12/20/16 8:30 pm

Infrequent? We use ours pretty much from March until October-November-ish....

PyroSadist like my comments follow
12/20/16 8:24 pm

I have had a pool in the past... And it is a tremendous amount of work and a lot of money. Just to open the pool for the season cost me several hundred dollars in chemicals, and I did all the work myself.

Between the electricity to run the pool pump and the cost of the chemicals day to day it probably cost $500 for the three months that is open... And that is over and above the cost of the chemicals to open the pool and to close it at the end of the season.

Definition of a pool: a hole in the ground you throw money into

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gow488 Korea
12/20/16 8:20 pm

As long they can afford it and they enjoy it I don't think it's a waste.

Cole12 ...
12/20/16 8:24 pm

How is someone's financial situation in any way related to whether or not a pool is a waste of money? If I'm a billionaire, does that mean that buying 1,000 bottles of Dom and pouring them into the ocean off the side of my yacht is not a waste of money?

UniversePlan Michigan
12/20/16 9:11 pm

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sea California
12/21/16 9:31 am

Wasting money is always wasting money no matter how much wealth you have. If you're rich then you just have more money that you could potentially waste.