Pro: Consider long-tem investment when buying pool

Keep in mind maintenance, construction costs

INDIANAPOLIS - Experts encourage consumers to use a ‘one-toe-in’ approach when buying a pool.

Heavy costs are involved when purchasing pools. In-ground pools can cost between $20,000 and $70,000 dollars, while above-ground pools can cost less than $5,000.

“Unless you are the only house in your neighborhood that doesn’t have a pool, you should skip it. Pools tend to scare off potential buyers of your house and you usually only get about 50 cents on the dollar return on investment,” said Angie Hicks with Angie’s List.

Maintenance is also a major factor – a pool will need vacuuming, chemical balance and pump checks.

The maintenance costs plus the costs of opening and closing a pool can cost up to $2,000 a summer.

There is also the issue of the construction phase.

“This is sort of like open heart surgery on your backyard. So it’s going to be messy. We can try to contain the mess as best as possible, but you are going to have dump trucks, there’s going to be a lot of dirt moved around,” said Bill Lambert, president of Perma Pools.

Lambert warned against hiring any company that doesn’t get the required permits first.

“Different communities require more permits. Marion County requires no less than four permits. They require one for drainage, they require one for electrical, what they call an improvement location permit, and a structural permit,” Lambert said.

The local building department or the Homeowners Association should be able to supply a list of the necessary permits, and experts said to make sure to ask for a list of rules and regulations for building a pool

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