Did you ever wonder where or why the swimming pool was invented? The first pools in recorded history were those of ancient Rome and Greece. Citizens used them for aesthetics, social interaction, swimming, and bathing. They were also used in military trainings, and children were taught to swim at a young age as a part of their basic education. Remnants of these sites provide insight into the lives of these citizens– who used pools in very much the same way as contemporary peoples. A source of tranquility and respite, a space for social interaction and community gatherings, a pool appeals to as many homeowners now as then. The question arises: build or don’t build a pool? There are valid arguments on both sides. It is important to consider several factors in this decision: finances, weather, liability, contractors, and home value.
Here is a quick glance at some pros and cons of building a swimming pool:
- Provides a space for relaxation, exercise, and social activity
- Add beauty and aesthetic value to a landscape
- Advantages for the family– especially with children who will utilize it through the summer
- If you have good weather almost all year (as we do here in southern California), your pool can be enjoyed every day
- Pools cost money…a lot of money. Usually, the return on the investment when selling your house doesn’t balance out– about only 50 cents on the dollar
- The expenses don’t stop with the completion of construction: continuing costs include chemicals, cleaning and maintenance, as well as the costs of electricity and water. Overall, pools can cost as much as $3,000 per year to maintain.
- Liability can quickly become an issue, especially when involving children. This liability concern may also scare away potential buyers from the property in the future.
- Building a pool is going to be messy. Trucks will parade through, and the area will be uprooted.
If a pool is a part of your dream home vision, we offer a few precautions and thoughts with which to move forward. Choose your contractor carefully. Do you want the experienced professional, or maybe the fresh and innovative, though less experienced, option? What is the reputation of the contractor? Are they licensed, bonded, and insured? For maximum efficiency, how well-laid are their plans? How did their previous projects turn out? Can you visit the projects or talk to past clients? Visit your local building department for rules, regulations, and required permits. Contact your insurance agency or BMR Insurance to review your plans with an agent and alert them to your new project. Insurance will play a key role in the new addition to your home. Give us a call at 714-838-1911 for a free quote.