A backyard pool sounds like a good idea. You picture poolside barbecues, relaxing weekends in the water, and a way to get away from the summer heat. What you are not picturing is the difficulty that is involved in not only making the pool but also in maintaining it.
If you simply must have a pool, get a professional to do it. It might also be wise to hire professionals to clean and maintain it. Here are reasons against DIY-ing your pool.
The first part is that it is costly.
There is no way around it. Getting a backyard pool is expensive, no matter who does it. You not only need to dig that hole, but you also need to coat it. You need to tile it. You need to install plumbing for the filters. You need to treat the water. You need to install all sorts of related things.
The sheer amount of money you are spending in doing it yourself can almost double. Quadruple that if you don’t know what you’re doing and something goes wrong.
Consider how much time that kind of project eats up.
This is not just installing new tiles in the bathroom. This goes above and beyond replacing the washing machine. This is digging a hole, tiling it, and so on and so forth. This is before there is even a drop of water in the pool itself. This is before you factor in the continuous maintenance.
Pool filters tend to break and need a lot of replacing.
Most people who own a pool know that pool filters break. You get it repaired. Then it breaks again. The cycle goes on. If it isn’t installed correctly, you can make the maintenance costs bigger because the filter needs replacing more often.
Finally, it is money that you won’t be making back.
In most cases, renovating a kitchen is worth the time and effort because it can help if you plan to sell the home. The same goes for the bathroom or any other room in the house. If you do it right, you can get your money back. The same is not true for a pool, which returns 40% to 50% of the cost at best.