Pool Costs, Smart Choices
When it comes to buying an in ground pool, the pool costs are only part of the equation.
Shoppers need to understand:
- How the addition of a pool will affect the resale value of a home
- How much pool and landscaping is “just right”
- How much time and energy does it take to maintain a pool
- How the family plans to use the pool
Resale and Appeal
Even if you
don’t plan to sell, how a pool would affect the value and resale appeal of your home
are important considerations. In some neighborhoods, a swimming pool can set one house apart
from all the rest. Like most home improvement projects, it is unlikely that a pool will recoup
all or most of its costs. The exception to this is in higher-priced homes where a pool is standard fare.
In fact, in a community where an in ground pool is common, it could be a disadvantage not to have one. It’s a selling point that will get a house sold more quickly.
That said, if you’re like most of us, buying an inground pool is unlike adding an additional bath.
Buying a pool is a lifestyle choice—one that comes with increased physical activity and endless
hours of entertainment. People add a pool for its many benefits.
Shrewd Pool Design
Know how much pool your house can handle. Avoid designs that are unlike the rest of the house
and property and that are "taste-specific". Personal choices may provide immediate gratification, but
can feel “dated” very quickly and are difficult to sell. A good pool contractor will guide you
in your choices, designing a pool that is spectacular, tasteful, and harmonious to its surroundings.
Maintaining Your Pool
Less time on maintenance means more time enjoying the pool. Today, keeping your pool clean and
bacteria-free is as effortless as it is important. A Robotic pool cleaner such as the Aquabot Turbo
T4 is considered among the most powerful and a best buy! It removes debris and algae to two microns,
is self-contained with an automatic shut-off and four-way remote control. The Polris 3900 model is
another favorite of Arista Pool customers. Another great buy, its power and large canister
capacity make it efficient and convenient to use.
Ambient (air) heat systems are easy on the pocketbook and energy efficient, creating more heat per
unit than natural gas, LP gas or oil. Running the pump at non-peak hours are a way to reduce costs by
taking advantage of lower rates. No matter the heating system you select, you can further lower
costs with the use of a solar blanket. They are a way to minimize evaporation and
help to lower costs by trapping the heat.
Best Materials for your Money
Concrete pool decks with exposed aggregate can give an in ground pool a very dramatic effect
and offers endless custimization possibilities. The cost is reasonable considering its longevity and
durability. The process requires very few materials, with the exception of the decorative aggregate
of course. In addition, the pebble finish is a great decking choice due to its “slip resistant” surface.
On the opposite end of the cost and durability spectrum are fiberglass shells, including those with
vinyl liners. These have a lower initial cost, but replacement costs add up down the road and for
the life of the pool. In general, it will become necessary to replace the liner and coping (edging)
every 10 or more years. When selling you home, you shouldn't be surprised when the buyer requests that
the liner be replaced regardless of its age.
What you see on the surface is what most pool buyers think about—and for good reason. The look is
what you live with. But the structural materials and expertise that goes into building a pool is
often overlooked, and where some pool builders cut corners to maximize their profits. Not so with
Arista Pools. Beginning with a thorough excavation, to their use of superior half-inch rebar, use of
high-grade steel and tie wire, and plumbing and electrical work that exceeds industry standards,
this is what goes into every one of Arista's pools. Arista does not use the cheaper, ready mix
concrete that results in a weaker, defective product. These are just a few of the details that set
them apart. Watch “The Arista Difference” video for more
Choices for Your Lifestyle
Tanning shelves, waterfalls, hot tubs, slides, landscaping, fiber optic lighting, swim jets—the
list is literally endless. The therapeutic quality of water, the fun factor and a pool’s ability
to bring families together are what buyers want most.
Pool Quotes are Free
Well, what are you waiting for? Talking to a pool specialist is among the best bargains.
Consult with the experts. Contact Arista Pools today for a free quote.
Consultations are free.