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    We are looking at buying a house with a pool. Never had one ib ny life.. Im hoping its easy to take care of?
    Do they cost a lot?
    Tell me if u think its a good thing or bad and why.. Thank you!

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    we have had two houses with pools. when the children were small, and when they were over 5 years. both times the pools were very well used. pools are expensive to run. we have to buy at least one new thing each year. the pool filters add a considerable amount to your electricity bill. a pool is a very expensive thing to have, but it has been a lot of fun for the kids. I guess I would not bother to get one, but if the house came with one, it would be ok. marie.

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    We have one. It was pretty much our pre-requisite when we moved back to qld and bought a house. Luckily most homes in our suburb had pools.
    The biggest expense in keeping a pool IMO is the running of the pump ie electricity. We needed a new pool pump 18 months after we moved in (the only was about 8 yrs old) and invested in an energy efficient pump which saves heaps.
    It does take a little looking after, we have a creepy crawly but still have to clean it weekly and if you live in a leafy area you will forever be fishing out leaves as they clog the creepy crawly/get stuck in the filter etc. we just cut down a large tree for this very reason.
    However we don't regret it for a second. We swim September through May (it's not heated, but we're considering that for year round use). Has been great for DS, he was swimming laps unassisted by the time he was 3.
    So good to come home after a hard days work and jump in!

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    We have one. It was pretty much our pre-requisite when we moved back to qld and bought a house. Luckily most homes in our suburb had pools.
    The biggest expense in keeping a pool IMO is the running of the pump ie electricity. We needed a new pool pump 18 months after we moved in (the only was about 8 yrs old) and invested in an energy efficient pump which saves heaps.
    It does take a little looking after, we have a creepy crawly but still have to clean it weekly and if you live in a leafy area you will forever be fishing out leaves as they clog the creepy crawly/get stuck in the filter etc. we just cut down a large tree for this very reason.
    However we don't regret it for a second. We swim September through May (it's not heated, but we're considering that for year round use). Has been great for DS, he was swimming laps unassisted by the time he was 3.
    So good to come home after a hard days work and jump in!

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    We had a pool put in 3 years ago. Living where we live it is used 9 months of the year nearly every single day and sometimes all day, we entertain alot too so the pool is very beneficial. If we lived in a different climate such as in the city where the pool would only be used maybe 3 months of the year we wouldn't have it! We have a pool man come and service it once a month, we can do this ourselves but due to the humid climate the levels are often difficult to maintain and we would rather it be done properly. Certain times of the year additional chemicals are required for the pool also due to the hardness of the water and the sun. So not only is it costly to maintain but there's the added water and electricity costs although we use the water from our rainwater tank to top the pool up which saves us money so we are lucky there. Then the expense of the neverending pool toys, filter parts etc. It is costly but worthwhile having for us. Oh and there is also the cleaning of the pool, even with a robotic cleaner you still have to clean it too.

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    We moved into a house with a pool this year. Never had one before... so far its been a doddle 😁 Its a salt water pool and the most we have had to do it chuck in a litre of acid a month and once (since feb) a bag of salt. We do have to scoop out leaves etc but when its warm enough to be in thats kind of fun too. We had a 5kw solar system put on the roof too, and the pool filter only runs during the day (5h in the winter, 8h in the summer) and thats more than enough so the electricity is "free" =)

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    It scares me for some reason.. I think it has solar panels for the heated part.. Something black on the roof anyway.. I need to ask that.
    I was thinking just get a pool guy to do it so we just have to scoup leaves. I know it would get used a lot in summer but rest of year will just be annoying I would think..

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    We have a pool. If everything is working correctly it isn't too bad. Yes it will bump up your electricity price. Chemicals buy in bulk and keep on top of cleaning it. It when things start breaking (pumps, chlorinators etc) that it can become very expensive.

    If you think you can handle the cleaning/chemical side of things it would be better as paying for someone to come and do it can get pricey.


 

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