Keep it or sell it?

Above ground pool - My above ground pool
Canada
June 16, 2011 4:02pm CST
We're wondering if we should keep our pool or sell it. Its a 27' above ground pool. ITs in great condition but hubby went swimming only 2 times last year. I dont swim and I dont like going in the water. Its a lot of work and hubby is always cleaning it or picking up leaves that have fallen into the water. He says he's fed up of doing it all. We had a very bad winter, it wasnt really that cold and I guess thats why a lot of people are having some problems with their pools. Two of our neighbors have the same problem, the pool is lower on one side, so it needs to be fixed and its quite costly. The other neighbors said they will take their pools down and not bother to have it anymore. My husband might feel the same way. I like the pool because as Im sitting here I can look at it and it sort of calms me down to look at the water......but Im not the one cleaning it lol. Have you ever had to make such a decision? Did you keep the pool or did you get rid of it?
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13 responses
• United States
16 Jun 11
I've always wanted a pool, but I don't think they're worth the effort. I would suggest you talk to your hubby about it and see if he wants to sell it. It isn't as if he really used it and why not get some of your dinero back?? :D
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• United States
16 Jun 11
Sorry about my "Spanglish." I've been speaking Spanish all day and sometimes that makes it slip through into my English.
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• Canada
16 Jun 11
Well if you lived closer, you could come and get the pool haha. Well its a good idea to try and get some "dinero" back lol. I sure would know how to spend it
• United States
16 Jun 11
If I had it I would never sell it. I would charge the neighborhood kids to swim in it and pay someone to clean it and keep the rest for myself. I wish I had a pool I would be in it every day.
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• Canada
17 Jun 11
Haha, thats a good plan except Id need to have special insurances if Im to charge people to swim in my pool. AND it would be illegal for me to do so as Im not in a commercial area. Id love to go for a swim but we have too many mosquitoes all the time....its no fun. We'd need to buy one of those things that go over and around the pool but thats way too costly!! Well if you were my neighbor, Id let you come for a swim free of charge!!
• United States
18 Jun 11
And I would be there every day. I can't tell you how my daughter and i love water.
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• Canada
20 Jun 11
I guess you two are like little fishes in the water then. Good for you two to like it so much. Too bad you dont live nearby!!
@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Jun 11
I have always said that my preference would be to have a gym or Y membership instead of having a pool in my yard. I was unable to do that for a while, and I got a little wading type pool for here. I like not having the maintenance for a pool. I am back attending a Y. Not only do I get to use the pool, I can use the sauna and the hot tub as well. I would like to have an infrared sauna at my house, but the pools and hot tubs are fine where they are at the Y. For calming and soothing you it would be a good idea to get a small fountain or an aquarium. Easier to maintain and good year round inside or out.
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• Canada
17 Jun 11
Good for you to have it all at the Y. Yes, how silly of me....I could get a fountain haha!! Might be less trouble also. Thanks for the suggestion!!
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Jun 11
Not so silly, it just had not occurred to you yet. I agree that the sound of water and looking at it is soothing, but a pool is a lot of work.
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• Canada
20 Jun 11
You're right, it does seem to be a lot of trouble. I wouldnt know since Im not the one cleaning it but I see him over there by the pool when he does it. And then the vacuuming and all that entails. Yes the sound is nice especially when the jet of water is going up, its like a waterfall but ......a fountain will do the same lol.
• United States
16 Jun 11
I love pools but then I don't have to take care of them. They sure are lots of work and if you are not using it maybe it will be okay to sell it. Does hubby want to keep it though would be the question as he is the one who has to clean and maintain it. If he does not want to part with it then the best thing would be to keep it, however the longer you do keep, the less likely to sell would be my thought with this.
• Canada
17 Jun 11
I know it seems to be a lot of work (Ive never done it lol) He's not sure if he wants to sell it or keep it. In the meantime, its pristine clean, ready for a swim. He'll be the one deciding what he wants to do with it....as you said, HE's the one cleaning it lol. Thanks!
@marguicha (90388)
• Chile
3 Jul 11
We thought of having a pool when the girls were little until we saw what happened to other friends who owned a pool. On weekends, their kids´ friends came over with no towels, no softdrinks, no swimming suits sometimes. My friend had to take care of having a sort of party every weekend while her husband tried to take a nap among the yelling and the splashing. My answer then was no and I did not accept arguments. We bought a timeshare later (now I have 2 weeks) and I can go anywhere I want for less money than if I owned anything. I don´t clean, I don´t pay for a house near the coast or the mountains. If I want mountains I have them for a small amount. My youngest daughter has a pool at her house. I´m sure that the electricity she spends on the bomb to clean the water is more than I pay for the maintenance i my timeshare.
• Canada
4 Jul 11
Oh that is awful what happened with your friends. I remembered when we were kids, we had family come over only so they could go for a swim. But we dont have that problem now. My family knows better than to show up UN-invited!!! Since I work till 8PM, family cant come over during the day for a swim. Hubby works on weekends and Im not always home on weekends as I have to go to dad's to clean and cook. So they know better than come here and use our pool if we're not there. Im happy to know that you found a way thats not expensive and lets you have the things you want at a good price. Good for you, sounds like you found the best of both worlds. Thanks for sharing your good idea!!
• Canada
13 Jul 11
I havent heard anything as of yet, aside from you talking about it. So I wouldnt know. But sounds like you have found a great place to get your timeshares and it sure sounds like its working very well for you. Thanks for the tip.
@marguicha (90388)
• Chile
14 Jul 11
If you buy a timeshare, no matter where, you can also be a member of a club that exchanges your place for others. With my Aruba timeshar I have been in Mexico, the US, Latin America and Europe.
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• Greece
31 Aug 11
i really love water. so i guess you already know my answer. i would surely keep it for summertime use. cleaning can be a problem but in time it pays off.
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• Canada
31 Aug 11
I have no idea what hubby will do. He's like you, he loves water but he hasnt been swimming in it at all this summer even though we had a very hot summer with nearly no rain. I am not telling him what to do since he's the one doing all the cleaning. I guess I'll know for sure come Fall. If he has it fixed and leveled, then I'll know if he keeps it or not.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
18 Jun 11
Sell your pool, get rid of the constant work to maintain it. Replace it with a small water feature, a fountian or small pool and you will still have the calming influence of the water. Blessings
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• Canada
20 Jun 11
I think it would be the best solution. At moment, hubby is doing all the maintenance and cleaning for the pool, so when he's really fed up, I guess he'll get rid of it. Im already looking at lovely fountains.....now I need to find out what to do with it come winter lol. Thanks for the advice!!
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
17 Jun 11
MagicalBubbles, Since you can find some comfort with it, I am suggesting that you keep it. After all, your neighbors are tearing theirs down, and I am sure sometime later they would be looking forward to your pool parties on special occasions. I say do what your heart tells you for this one and let your husband fret about the cleaning which I am sure is just the usual mundane release.
• Canada
17 Jun 11
Skysuccess, Hahaha, I'll tell him you said that!!! Well he is the one cleaning it now and im the one looking at the water but not swimming in it as Im not much into swimming. I think that since I only like to look at it, I should let him decide haha. Thanks for taking my side though
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
17 Jun 11
I have an above ground pool. I am the only one that uses it. Once in awhile a neighbor kid will ask to swim and sometimes I let them. The pool does take a lot of maintenance though. I had a smaller pool and sold it many years ago. Then I got this one. It takes a lot of work and you spend a lot of money on chemicals to keep a pool clean. I do understand how looking at it calms you, but you just have to decide rather its really worth it to hang on to it just to look at it. In my opinion if its not getting used then I would sell it. At some point in time I may have to make that decision, but for now I am hanging on to mine. Good luck in your decision.
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• Canada
17 Jun 11
So nice of you to let the neighbor kid swim sometimes. Yes we have to spend money for chemicals to keep it pristine clean. Its also a lot of work to keep it clean and free of leaves because we have a lot of trees around it. Im leaving the decision up to my husband since hes the one to clean it and care for it. He knows I like to look at the water but some people suggested I get a fountain, so I'll tell hubby I can get a fountain if he wants to get rid of the pool. Not an easy decision! Thanks for sharing!!
@youless (90272)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Jun 11
That is so nice that you have a swimming-pool at home. This is my dream to have a house with a swimming-pool. Even if your husband didn't swim much last year, but it may be change this year. Who knows? Besides, in the future your children must like swimming in the pool. So in a long term this is good for you to keep it. If you really don't swim much at present, perhaps you can consider to have some fish inside. The view will be nice:) I love China
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• Canada
17 Jun 11
Im sure you'll have a house with a pool one day Youless. Dont give up. I dont have children, its me and my husband only. You're right, he might swim more this year, who knows. Its interesting to have fish in there........mmmm its something to think about. Thanks for the suggestion!
• Philippines
17 Jun 11
I've always wanted to have a pool because my daughter really loves to swim. For me, I won't sell it. Think it over, what are the advantage and disadvantage of the pool for you. Does it make you happy? Can you sustain it? Here are some questions worth considering if you will make the decision.
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• Canada
17 Jun 11
I sure hope you get a pool one day for you and your daughter. Well I think I'll need to ask those questions to hubby. He's the one who'll have to make the decision if he wants to keep it or sell it. Good point about the advantage and the disadvantage of having one. Thanks for replying!
@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
17 Jun 11
Well lucky you I think that having a pool would be great and if I were you guys I would buy it a cover so that I would not have to bother with picking up leaves or anything like that. Sure saves a lot of time right there because I am sure that cleaning up a pool is no fun because it is hard work, but if you don't want to get rid of your pool than all you pretty much have to do is buy a cover and your problems will be solved. It is really up to you and your husband. Good luck with your decision as long as you both agree because if you don't that it won't be very good. Still pools are so wonderful because you get to swim in them as long as you want and nobody can bother you or tell you anything that's whats great about having a pool. I know that I will end up buying one when I get my own place.
• Canada
17 Jun 11
We do have a cover but its such a problem to take it off. All the leaves accumulate on the cover so does the rain and its more trouble. A cover might be useful if you're sure nothing will fall on it. Im letting him make the decision since he's the one cleaning it. Im not one to go for a swim that much because we have too many mosquitoes all over. I sure hope you can get your own place soon so you can have your own pool. Thanks!
• Canada
16 Jun 11
At my first house, I had a pool like yours... I loved it. But, I grew up always having a pool at home and I do love to swim. I agree with you that pool maintenance is a big job if you're going to do it right. If your husband doesn't want to care for the pool anymore, I'd sell it immediately. The problem with keeping a pool that you don't want is that its condition will start to deteriorate and you'll get less for it when you try to sell it. Also, the less it's used and tended to, the more likelihood something will go wrong -- and flooding your neighbors' yards or your basement or something like that if an unused pool "lets go" is really not good. If you enjoy the calming effect of your pool, you might consider a small water feature for your yard... something that doesn't require as much ongoing maintenance as your pool :))
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• Canada
17 Jun 11
Oh he's keeping it clean and the filter is running and he checks the water all the time. He wont just "let it go". Someone else said that I should have a fountain instead. I dont know why I didnt think of that haha!! I'll tell hubby and maybe he'l want to sell it. He doesnt seem to be decided yet. I let him make the decision as he's the one cleaning it. Thank you for sharing!
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