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Homeowners who want a swimming pool dream of a backyard oasis where people cool off, kids play, and friends and family socialize. But the desire to own a pool isn’t universal, as some people consider them costly, troublesome and a waste of time. If you fall into one of the following categories, a pool might be a great choice in the near future:

Parents with young children: Parents like to keep kids happy and active, and in this day and age, a pool is one of the few things that can compete with screen time. Many parents will see a pool area as a place not only where kids can play, but also where the family can have fun together.

People who entertain: Couples who like to socialize and host parties are sure to see a pool as a perfect place to entertain guests. In fact, this group is likely to want a whole backyard concept, complete with a patio, barbecue area and even an outdoor kitchen or TV area.

Active people: They’re called “swimming” pools for a reason. Buyers who make exercise part of their life will find a pool an accessible and fun way to get in some exercise.

However, if the below sounds more like you, a pool might not be the best option:

Empty Nesters: Parents whose children have grown up are likely to recall the family swimming pool getting less and less use as the summers pass by. The work it takes to maintain a pool may no longer be worth it.

People on a budget: Pools cost money in terms of electricity use, water bills and the high price of chemicals, such as chlorine, repairs, and toys and floatables. People buying their first home may not want the costs associated with a pool. There’s also insurance to consider.

Workaholics: Relaxing isn’t for everyone, and people devoted to working (and working and working) likely aren’t interested in a pool. These also may be people who prefer spending their weekends at the beach or on day trips.

If your home is for sale and has a pool, a seller should make sure the pool is looking clean and ready for swimming. Not that prospective buyers are going to take a dip, but show your pool in the best light—vacuum it, skim out leaves, and make sure the water is crystal clear.

Think safety, as well. A gate around a built-in pool will tell buyers with young kids and pets that your pool is a safe one. Finally, set the scene. Clean the area around the pool and set up lounge chairs and a barbecue area to make your pool area inviting.

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