Have a love-hate relationship with your swimming pool?
Do you love the idea of owning a private pool, but hate all the extra costs, maintenance and hassles that come with it? Are you struggling to decide whether to keep your pool, or finally reclaim your outdoor space by having your pool filled in or removed?
Here at Remove A Pool we understand that it can be tough to know when it’s time to say goodbye to your backyard swimming pool. To help you decide if you should have your pool filled in or even removed altogether, our team of pool removal experts have prepared a list of the pros and cons of pool removal.
Pros of Pool Removal:
- Lower home insurance costs
- Reduced property taxes (in areas where swimming pools are taxed)
- No more worries about pool-related injuries and accidents
- Expanded outdoor living space
- Spot where pool was can be used to plant a garden, install a deck or playhouse, or for an extension on your home (with full pool removal option)
- Your home will sell faster, and for more money, than it would with the pool in place
Save on Home Insurance and Property Taxes
Insurance companies tend to look at swimming pools as safety hazards, and home insurance premiums are usually higher for homeowners with pools. Having your pool removed can help you save on your insurance costs — and on your property taxes.
Swimming pools, even relatively small ones, hold a tremendous amount of water. For example, a 15′ x 30′ pool that’s 4′ deep holds 13,500 gallons, while a 20′ x 40′ pool with an average depth of 6′ holds 36,000 gallons. Having your aging pool removed means you won’t need to worry about what could happen to your home, your property, or your neighbor’s house if your pool starts to leak.
The other reality is that water can be exceptionally dangerous, and even deadly, particularly when there are children, the elderly, and/or pets in your home. Having your swimming pool filled in or demolished means freedom from the risks, and worries, that come with pool ownership.
Enjoy a Bigger Backyard
Swimming pools take up a lot of space, and that’s especially true on small lots. Partial or complete pool removal means you can enjoy a much larger lawn, garden or patio that you and your family can enjoy year-round — without needing to move or sell your home.
Sell Your Home Faster, For More Money
In the past, backyard swimming pools were viewed as an asset — something that enhanced the value of a home.
Pools have fallen out of favor with today’s home buyers, who often see swimming pools as literal ‘money pits’ that they don’t want to deal with. In most markets nationwide, real estate data shows that homes without pools tend to sell quicker, and for more money, than comparable homes with swimming pools.
Cons of Pool Removal:
- No private pool to use on hot summer days
- Partial pool removal limits future land use
- Pool removal can be costly
- Partial pool removal must be disclosed to prospective buyers when selling your home
You Might Miss Having a Pool
Unless you really hate your swimming pool, you (or your spouse, or your kids) might miss jumping in on those long, sticky-hot summer days. Of course, your in-laws, neighbors and friends who have enjoyed swimming in your pool will miss it as well.
You Can’t Build Over a Partially-Removed Pool
Simply having your pool filled in, rather than demolished, limits what you can do with your property. You can extend your lawn, plant a garden, put up a shed or build a playhouse where your pool was, but your won’t be able to install a structure that requires a foundation without opting for the full pool removal service.
Pool Removal Can Be Costly
Removing a pool is a major project, and costs are comparable to renovating a bathroom or completely re-doing a kitchen. While pool removal usually provides an excellent return on investment, it can be costly.
As you can see, the pros of removing an unwanted, under-used swimming pool outweigh the possible cons, especially in situations where the pool is damaged, outdated or poses a safety hazard to people or pets.
Contact Us For Your Free Pool Removal Estimate Today
To learn more about the pros, cons and costs of removing a pool, contact us here at Remove A Pool to schedule your free, no-obligation quote today. We’ll give you all the information you need to decide whether or not to keep, or remove, your backyard swimming pool.