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What to Know Before You Buy a Home With a Pool

During those hot summer days that have you wishing for an Arctic blast, you might often fantasize about possessing a swimming pool of your own.

The backyard pool is a great place for hosting parties and building family moments, and people don’t often dispute that. However, people tend to willfully ignore the negatives associated with these fun features, and that can cause buyer’s remorse down the road.

It’s worth noting that the demand for pools has dropped drastically in the last decade or so, as the number of American households that have pools fell by nearly 10 million between 2009 and 2017, according to Statistica. Avoiding the built-in hassle might be a significant reason for that decline, so here are some essential factors to consider when deciding if pool ownership is a road you want to go down.

1. Conduct a Pool Inspection

Pools are complicated systems that rely on multiple parts to remain functional, all while meeting several laws and regulations.

Any number of problems could arise, and you might get stuck with the bill if they’re not identified before your purchase. An independent pool inspection can assess the area’s various features to determine the pool’s quality and legality.

It’s also worth noting that some mortgage providers will require an inspection before giving out a loan for a home with a pool.

2. Costs Affiliated With Pool Maintenance

During the months when a pool sees the most use, you’ll see it dig into your pocket every day.

It can cost between $100 and $300 per month to heat your pool, and your filter will add to that, depending on how it’s powered — through electric, gas or solar.

You will also need to consider the regular cleaning expenses to keep your pool’s chlorine levels under control. Pool cleaning companies can charge between $50 and $100 depending on the depth of service, but you’ll also need to invest in testing kits and chemicals almost weekly if you want to do it yourself.

You’ll need to consider occasional expenses like filters, cleaning tools and submerged lightbulbs.

When more severe problems arise, they can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Those issues can include broken pool liners and pumps. One significant expense you can expect is a pool resurfacing, which needs to happen around every seven to ten years and costs between $1,000 and 2,000, depending on the pool size.

3. Pool Regulations In and Around York

Townships and municipalities will vary on their specifications for pools, but they often follow some general rules.

For York, you must surround pools with a fence that’s at least 4 feet high, and its gaps must be no larger than 4 inches. Pools cannot sit in the front yard unless they remain at least 100 feet away from the street line, and all pools must sit back a minimum of 10 feet from the nearest side lot and rear lot lines.

More regulations come with pool ownership, and they’re vital to review if you want to avoid problems with the municipality.

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