If you’ve lived in Texas for any amount of time, you know that it gets hot here. Really hot.
And Texans don’t get to enjoy cool fall weather for very long. Well into October, temperatures can still range well into the 90s. While this is perfect for those who want to enjoy the feel of summer for a bit longer, it’s not so great for those who can’t stand the heat!
One good way to have fun while you beat the Texas heat in Austin, Killeen, or surrounding areas is to buy a house with a swimming pool. Not only will it help you stay cool – it’ll give you something to do when you feel like it’s too hot to dress up and leave your house!
Of course, home swimming pools aren’t all fun and games. Let’s talk about both the pros and cons of having a home swimming pool.
The downsides of buying a house that has a pool include:
If your mortgage is already going to leave you a bit strapped for cash, you may not want to dish out extra money all the time to maintain your pool. Not only will you have to pay someone in labor costs to clean and repair it for you as needed (assuming you aren’t going to do it yourself) – you’ll also need to buy chemicals to keep it clean and safe for swimmers.
If you’re a parent, you probably worry about your child’s safety all of the time. It’s bad enough when the inside of your house has a staircase or other worrying features, but a swimming pool brings a whole new level of concern.
According to the CDC, 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day. Granted, some of those people may not be children who accidentally fall into pools, but some of them are. In fact, the CDC also says that one in five people who die from drowning are 14 and under, and children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates of anyone.
While these are some pretty scary statistics, keep in mind that you can take extra safety measures to prevent your child from drowning when you get a pool and use the opportunity to teach them how to swim. That way, they’re safe and you don’t have to worry quite as much if they decide to go to a pool area without you in the future!
Less lawn space
Even if your house started out with a big ol’ Texas-sized yard before the swimming pool was installed, chances are that the pool decreased the lawn space significantly. That might mean less space to entertain or less space for Fido to run around.
Higher insurance premiums
There’s no questions that home swimming pools come with some risks. So, your insurance company will take those risks into account when creating your policy. Definitely take this long-term cost of owning a pool into consideration before you buy a house that has one!
Alright, now that we’ve got the not-so-fun parts of owning a pool out of the way, let’s talk about the benefits of buying a house with a pool!
Let’s face it – everyone wants to come over when you have a pool. Even if they don’t plan to swim, people will enjoy hanging out by the pool, floating around in it, or eating some delicious food while enjoying the scenery. Plus, kids can enjoy playing with water guns and other pool toys under parental supervision. They’ll undoubtedly make fun summer memories that they’ll treasure for years to come!
So, if you love to entertain and don’t mind the upkeep costs associated with owning a pool, definitely consider buying a home that has one.
Get some exercise
Exercising at the gym can be just plain boring, and sometimes going for a run isn’t safe…. But maybe you still want to stay in shape!
The solution? Work out in your pool.
Not only will you have privacy and feel safe – you’ll get to enjoy a fun workout in the water while soaking up some vitamin D under the Texas sun! It’s a win-win.
A backyard getaway
Most people get a couple of weeks of vacation time every year. But is that really enough?
Probably not. Job stress can really take a toll on your health, both physically and mentally. Sometimes, you just need a break.
That’s where having a pool comes in handy. If you buy a house with a pool in Texas, you’ll get to enjoy several months of your own backyard “vacation” spot where you can kick back and relax! And if you have kids, they may be easier to watch in your home pool – after all, no one knows your backyard better than you.
Avoid the need to travel somewhere to swim
During the summer months, lots of people travel to public pools, water parks, or a friend’s house to get some swim time in. When you have your own pool, you can simply walk out your back door and relax – no need to gather up your things and waste time getting ready to go out!
Plus, you’ll avoid being around strangers and submerging yourself into lots of peoples’ germs that are undoubtedly floating around in every public pool – always a good thing!
At the end of the day, it’s your decision whether or not you want to buy a house with a pool. Take your finances into consideration, make sure you are able to pay for the ongoing costs associated with having a pool, and consider how you will keep your children and pets safe from pool accidents.
Regardless of what you decide about buying a house that has a home swimming pool, feel free to reach out to me, your Austin, TX, real estate agent (I also serve Killeen and the surrounding areas) for help finding your next home. I’ve got the scoop on all the hottest Texas properties, and I can find the right one for your needs!
To get in touch with me, Dagmar Rogers, simply call or text 254-258-0777.