Is a Pool Home Right For You?

So, you’ve decided to move to Orlando– congratulations! Part of the appeal is certain to be our warm winters and hot summers, which make it easy to get a swim in nearly any day of the year. As you look for a home to call your own, you may be considering ones that include a pool. The benefits of owning a pool are far and wide!

In most cases, the benefit and luxury of pool ownership vastly overshadows any reason to not own one. However, the negatives are rarely known and seldom talked about until a real problem arises. So, here are some of the ugly parts of pool ownership that you need to consider…

Consider The Added Expense

There is no question that owning a pool comes with many added expenses for the homeowner. Some of the regular expenses you might expect include supplies for maintenance or cleaning, or the cost of paying a service to maintain the pool for you. There can also be unforeseen repairs needed as you use the pool regularly, like a pump or filter that needs replacement.

Even with your best efforts to keep the pool in top shape, you can end up with a green or foul-smelling pool. This is an indication of an imbalance in the water, either caused by a local factor like pollen introduced into the water or a mistake in your chemical treatment of the pool. When this happens, you may have to pay an expert to analyze the water and tell you how to treat the issue.  This can take time, as correcting the chemical balance of the water may take several days and multiple treatments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Anticipate the Extra Effort You’ll Need to Put In

Even if you hire a pool service to do the cleaning and maintenance, there will still be extra effort required for you as the homeowner, including:

  • With a pool comes a steady stream of visitors, particularly in the scorching summer. Hosting guests often requires you to keep snacks, drinks and clean towels on hand. You’ll also need to clean up any crumbs or spills after they leave to avoid getting ants on your pool deck.
  • Anytime the pool is used, you’ll have to pull back the cover and replace it when the swimming is done. If you don’t have a pool cover or screened porch in place, you may have to clean out leaves and debris before visitors can get in.
  • Wet footprints in your hallways and bathroom can lead to damage, so you’ll have to clean up after guests leave. Some pool homes have a bathroom with access to the outdoors to eliminate this mess.  

Prepare for Emergency Expenses

Over time, a pool can start to leak into the yard, causing a pile up of water in your tard or near your home. This large volume of water can lead to even larger damage, so if this does happen, you’ll have to call a repair service ASAP.

If you want to find a Central Florida home with a pool to call your own, the Core Group can help. Contact us today to start looking for a home with a pool in Orlando or the surrounding area!