A house with backyard pool has been the ultimate luxury for Australians for many years, and the concept is still attractive to many potential home owners. But all good things come to an end and for some home owners, this applies to their swimming pool. Some are choosing to fill in or demolish their swimming pools rather than pouring time and money into ongoing maintenance or upgrades.
Do Your Research Before You Decide
If you are considering filling in your pool, it’s smart to weigh up the pros and cons and to do some real number crunching, comparing the cost of the pool demolition to how much you would need to spend to maintain or repair the existing pool. This article outlines some of the most common reasons people choose to fill in their swimming pools.
The Pool is Hardly Used
There are several reasons that pools are no longer used and one of the most common ones is that the kids have grown up and moved out. Additionally, the weather may rarely be warm enough to entice you to jump in and the time spent cleaning the pool simply isn’t justified.
Excessive Pool Maintenance and Repair Costs
If you employ someone to maintain your swimming pool, eg. clean it, check the filter, water levels and maintain pH levels, it might be very convenient, but it also cost money. Repairs are also inevitable when you own a pool and no matter how small, they do add up. A pool pump might need replacing or repair, and this may simply not be in the budget.
Remodelling and Compliance with New Requirements
While you might have been in a position to maintain the pool in its existing form, new requirements which are sometimes placed on pool owners and require specific actions are more than you had bargained for, and it’s simply not viable. If the pool is old and in need of a substantial upgrade, this could be an investment you simply can’t afford.
You Just Want the Space for Something Else
While a pool can be a great source of entertainment for young and old, it’s not the only way to spend time at home. If the backyard is quite small, there may not be much space to use it for anything else if you keep the pool. There are so many other options, like a landscaped garden, a patio or simply a patch of lawn.
Pool Demolition is not a DIY Project
Before you remove your pool really think about it, weigh up the advantages and disadvantages, and make sure that everyone in your household is on board. If you do end up deciding to get rid of your swimming pool, make sure you engage professional demolition services. Experienced contractors will be able to get it done quickly and efficiently, leaving you with a clean slate that you can develop.