Is it worth it? My kids want a pool. I feel so bad every summer. And now they are teenagers + they want their friends over and have something fun to do. I only want a simple rectangular pool, nothing fancy. Is there a budget way I can make this happen?
We don’t want an above ground, only inground, but like I said, very simple. Is it worth the headache?

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  • Really depends on where you live, age of the children, and expendable cash, including monthly. We bought a house with a pool, in Melbourne. Absolute waste of money. It wasn’t heated either. Cost an absolute fortune to maintain. Long story short, its being removed.

  • If thats what you want, you have the space, and you can financially.. why not?! Maybe see if you can do any of the labour yourselves to save money.. might be a fun family project.

  • Yes! If you can afford it, totally worth it – we use ours daily and the kids love it plus its a great way to get exercise in the heat without even really trying. I think you can get second hand shells which would lower the cost a little. Also shop around as pool companies are always offering different package deals!

  • We have a pool but we bought the house with a pool and my children are younger. There is alot of maintenance involved which I am sure you will be left to deal with as the kids won’t do it.

    Is there a local pool close by? Might be better to pay to take the kids to the pool with their friends than get a pool

  • There is a lot of maintenance with pools that you and perhaps the kids, need to be prepared to do. It needs to be fenced, i think permits might be required too and you have to pay a council fee too i think

  • I heard it often lowers the value of a house as people don’t want to maintain it and often want it removed, so would think very carefully about that too.

  • No. Very expensive and not worth the couple of days ‘fun’ you might get from it. Keep it simple and enjoy your relationships and help them with theirs doing other things. (Especially as they are teenagers they will be gone before you know it leaving the pool behind!) I’ve so often toyed with the idea of one (for myself) but have decided you can’t beat the local pool, with spas and saunas thrown in, grounds for pic-nics and parties, often free access to gym facilities during promotions… so glad I didn’t put in an expensive maintenance pool which would have been a nightmare with all the headaches. I can enjoy myself at local pool far, far more simply and easily. And focus on having fun with the people I like too with no worries.

  • All depends of your family life style – we don’t have one and we are fine with it as i can’t swim, my hubby is not a fan of water play .

  • I would have loved one for the kids but I would have been the one to keep it clean and serviced. It’s worth it if you can afford it. Otherwise offer to take the kids and drop them off at the local pool. When we were kids we where there Saturday and Sunday meeting up with friends taking our own food and having a lot of fun! When we got older we all took a trip to the beach via buses and train and ferries. What great adventures we had! Maybe buy them a season pass to a waterpark.

  • Ummm who’s the parents here? A swimming pool is a good investment if you can afford it and want it but not because you feel bad about your teens social lives.

  • I’d never get a swimming pool because we have our local pool not 500mts from our home plus we’re only 1/2 hour from the beach. I don’t think it’s worth owning your own swimming pool because of all the added expense such as council permission, fees, upkeep of the pool, fencing around the pool and especially cleaning of the pool. I’m sure your kids won’t want to clean it all the time.

  • Lots of planning and council requirements and all. It is a big thing to do definitely. Sometimes you find that certain parts of your home structurally need fixing too as a result to make it safe and within legal requirements.

  • We would love one but then we think of the maintenance to keep it clean and know we probably couldn’t keep up with it.

  • Not worth the bother they cost so much to up keep you have to be well off to have one

  • As a kid I always wanted a inground pool my parents always said it would cost to much and was to hard to maintain now as an adult if my kids ask me for one I’d probably get them one and see how it went it gets so hot where we live and would be used almost all year around so would be a good investment

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