Angie's List: Building a Swimming Pool

While owning a swimming pool may seem like a dream come true for some homeowners, others who have gone through the building and servicing process offer cautionary tips.

Homeowner Shannon McCollom added a pool to her backyard last fall.

"We decided to have a pool installed because our kids love to swim, and we felt like it was a good thing we could do as a family and we have a lot of land so we felt like it was a good use of our backyard," says McCollom.

A pool can provide hours of entertainment but its also a costly project. In-ground pools can cost between twenty and seventy thousand dollars.

"Pools tend to scare off potential buyers of your house and you usually only get about 50 cents on the dollar return on investment," says, Angie Hicks.

Experts say homeowners should factor in maintenance. Regular tasks include vacuuming the pool floor, balancing chemicals and checking the pump. Homeowners should also develop a good dialogue with their contractor since installing a pool can be a lengthy project.

"This is not a surgical maneuver. This is sort of like open heart surgery on your backyard. So it's going to be messy," says Bill Lambert.

Angie's List says to make sure you find a pool company who is going to stand behind their project.

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