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Is it Time to Ditch the Swimming Pool?

Above ground pools can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a lot of work. Personally, I love being able to relax in the pool after a long day. It’s soothing to just float and let my worries drift away. However, I have to admit that I do wonder how much longer we’re going to keep the pool. There’s no doubt that it comes with plenty of work and stress. In addition to cleaning and maintaining it during the season, there’s also the hassle of closing and opening, the stress of water that’s not clear enough, and the financial expense that comes when a part breaks. I’ve been asking myself when it will be time to let the pool go, and I thought some of you might be struggling with the same question. So, here’s a guide to help you determine when it’s the right time to say farewell to the water and hello to more green grass.

Is Anybody Using It?
Plenty of people get a pool for the kids, but why keep it up if the kids aren’t using it? Personally, I got the pool as much for myself as the children. As long as I’m using and enjoying the pool, it may stick around. But if I only had it for the kids, it would already be gone.  Why?  Because they don’t use it. They were in constantly when they were little, but now they’re off with friends, sucked into video games, and working. When you spend more time cleaning the pool than swimming in it, it’s probably time to drain the water and let it go.

What Else Could you Spend the Money On?
When it comes to pools, the expense is not limited to the initial purchase. You have chlorine, shock, algaecide, clarifiers, filters….. it’s shocking how the maintenance expenses can add up. If you’re using the pool and enjoying it, then you’re happy to pay the fees. But this changes when the pool sits empty too much. Ask yourself what else you could spend that $25, $50, or $100 a month on. Would you rather go out to eat more? Go to a movie?  Join a gym? The faster you come up with an alternative use for that maintenance money, the more likely it is that the pool needs to go.

Have you Considered Other Uses for the Real Estate?
Let’s not forget the real estate that the pool eats up. I know that we could put our yard to better use by giving the dogs more space to roam and play. You could replace it with a shed, or a nice firepit. In some cases, a better use for the pool space could be a nice water feature that would be easier to maintain.

How Much Would it Simplify Your Yard Work?
I had this delusion that as my kids got older, my life would get simpler. Hahah. If only I’d been warned. Oh wait – people with older kids did warn me, I just didn’t believe them. There was a time when we were busy watching the kids and keeping them safe. The pool was handy for this because it was great entertainment in the yard. But now, they’re busy with sports and friends and running around. My schedule has gotten more insane since they hit high school and college, and that means that I have less time to deal with the landscaping around the pool. Do you cut around the pool and find yourself thinking about how much easier it would be to just cut your grass without having to circle the pool and weed-eat around it? If so, then you know what it’s time to do.

So, what are your options if you’re ready to lose the pool?  Well, the most preferable choice is to sell that above-ground pool if it’s newer. We recently did an estimate for a man who bought a house with an above-ground pool. He doesn’t want it, and it’s in amazing shape with all the necessary accessories. I advised him to try selling it first. If that doesn’t work, then give it away!  Someone who needs parts and pieces may come haul it off for you. Of course, that won’t be the right choice for everyone. You may not like the idea of strangers coming onto the property, or the pool may be in terrible shape and it really just needs to be thrown out. In that case, call our team. We take down a few above ground pools every month. We can even set up the sump pump ahead of time if you don’t have a way to drain it. We make it easy, and we’ll give you back your yard. All you have to do is call 844.Get.JDog (or 330.242.3069)

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