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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?


Posted by Sam, 6th September 2021


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  • It is also a good idea to factor in ongoing costs, cleaning and maintenance when making a decision. Good luck!


  • If you can afford one financially and would enjoy having one too then bite the bullet and get one. They’re fantastic and get lots of use in summer time. Since your children are teenagers and they wanted it so badly hey can be in charge of keeping it clean because pools are lots of work


  • You want fo make sure it’s done right so there’s no issues in the future. Getting it done right may not be cheap though. So make sure you’ve considered everything. There’s also a lot of upkeep but it’s amazing to have your own pool to swim in – I definitely miss having one


  • It can be very expensive for ongoing care


  • Sometimes I think it will be nice to have one but its a lot of work.


  • I’m having the same debate now in our house but my kids are 6 & 8 and we do live near the beach, after reading these comments i think i might leave it a few more years.


  • my neighbour sold their pool so you could buy second hand which would be cheaper??


  • It is expensive; there’s not really a budget way to install i ground pools. They’re also expensive in terms of upkeep and only get used for part of the year. It’s definitely worth it for some people, but it’s a big expense


  • We put an inground pool in when our boy’s were teenagers & though I did regret having to hand out towels for their friends it was good to know were they where in the summer months! PS. It got noisier here too!


  • When the kids are older and can carry the burden of caring & cleaning for the pool together with you than I certainly think it could be worth it


  • We do not have a pool as we weighed up the pros and cons and the amount of time it would be used. We know people that do have pools and it is best to shop around and get a number of quotes. Ultimately the adults pay for the pool and need to be 100% comfortable with the decision and choice of pool.


  • Personally I would not be pressured by your children on this …it has to be a whole family agreement . Pools take quite a deal of up keep and are a seasonal thing. Yes they are great in summer but then there is autumn , winter and spring to consider …when the weather is cooler and swimming is not an option and the pool is just laying there unused.
    But during summer they can be a lovely enjoyable and healthy activity.
    All options need to be weighed up.
    All the very best to you all.


  • We have an inground pool – it came with the house – and it’s really coming into its’ own as the kids enter the teenage years and I don’t have to hover constantly to make sure no-one drowns. It’s a fair bit of upkeep, but I’d say it’s worth it when you have older kids.


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