(NEWS CENTER) - It cools you off during the dog days of summer and can serve as the go-to-spot for family fun.... but a pool can be a lot of work, too. Not to mention, a pretty penny.
In this week's Angie's List report, what you should know about pools before taking the plunge.
A pool can provide hours of entertainment, but it's also a costly project that you should research thoroughly.
Angie Hicks says: "Remember a pool is going to be with you for a long time so you want a find a reputable pool company who is going to stand behind their project. You want to know what kind of warranty is going to be on the pool. And remember this is a project that can take a long time, especially given that you might hit some rainy days during installation. You want to have a well laid out plan to make sure you hit your deadlines."
And be prepared for your yard to be in a state of upheaval for a while, Pool builder Bill Lambert says, "This is not a surgical maneuver. 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."
In-ground pools can cost between $20,000 and $70,000 and above ground is usually between $1,000 and $5,000.
Angie Hicks says "In the heat of the summer a pool might sound like a fantastic idea, but the reality is 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."And you should factor in maintenance.... Both in terms of cost and time. Regular tasks include vacuuming the pool floor, balancing chemicals and checking the pump.
If you hire someone to do it all... weekly care plus opening and closing a pool can run about $2,000 each year. And before you get too far along in the process... Angie's List says you should contact your local building department and/or homeowner's association for a complete list of rules, regulations and required permits.