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Keep Cool and Carry On: Adding a Pool

The recent heatwave that’s kicked off the summer season may have you thinking of adding a pool. Even a small, seemingly simple pool is a major financial investment and should be treated as such. Below, we give you some points to consider before moving forward.  Keep in mind though that in this area, pools are not an investment that typically pays dividends on sale; in fact our rule of thumb is that they don’t necessarily add value to your home at all. So put one in for your own enjoyment, not for a windfall profit when you go to sell.

  • Ask why. Being able to pinpoint the reasons you want a pool may very well help you decide what type is the best fit. If you have kids or frequent family parties with children, they could benefit from a wading pool or shallow end. If it’s just you and your spouse, privacy is definitely an issue to keep in mind.
  • Think efficiency. Pools aren’t the environmental nightmares they used to be. Utilizing covers reduces water waste and there are natural filtering alternatives and solar heaters available to make sure your new purchase leaves less of an impact. Pump and lighting timers can help you cut your energy costs too.
  • Safety first. You’ll need to look into what type of fencing is required depending on the building codes for your neighborhood, but you might want to add childproof locks on pool gates. In addition, if you’re worried about unwanted swimming guests, you can outfit your home with security alarms. You’ll also need to get in touch with your insurance provider to find out how the new addition affects your policy.
  • New England weather. In the ever changing New England climate, the benefits of an enclosure are obvious. You can prolong the swimming season, which is especially helpful if you’ll use the pool as part of your fitness routine. Enclosures can also make a pool possible in areas with heavy tree coverage.
  • Plant accordingly. First and foremost, you’ll want to avoid planting sycamore trees nearby because of the imminent mess. In addition, trees with shallow roots like birches will also cause a problem. Instead, consult your landscaper to come up with plants that will accent the visual appeal of your pool.

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