Swimming pools are expensive to maintain, and if no one is using them, you are throwing your money away on upkeep for something you don’t use. The average cost to maintain a swimming pool each year can be as much as $10,000 yearly, depending on the size of the pool and the amount of maintenance or repairs you will have to pay for. That’s money you may want to spend on a family vacation or a remodeling project.
Also, many homeowners who are environmentally conscious feel that swimming pools harm the environment. All swimming pools, whether they are saltwater or freshwater, require chemicals to keep the pool clean and to fight algae growth. Many of these chemicals create a hazard to the environment. The trend in Gilbert and in other towns in Arizona has been to move towards natural landscaping and a return to grass-free areas. Pools also waste thousands of gallons of water each year, and water conservation is a must in the desert.
If you have young children, grandchildren, or pets, your pool may be a safety hazard. Both children and pets are naturally curious, and it is difficult for them to resist the sparkling pool water. Having a pool may also mean your homeowner’s insurance is higher than insurance for homes without a pool.
Pools take up an enormous amount of space in your backyard. You may want to use this space for an outdoor kitchen, a shady patio or pergola, or a new flowerbed. If you have a small yard, getting rid of your pool may double or triple your useable outdoor space.
While some homebuyers are looking for a home with a pool in Gilbert, pools can also represent a liability for a potential homebuyer and can even detract from your home’s resale value.