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8 Reasons You'll Regret Buying a Home With a Swimming Pool

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Buying a home with a swimming pool in the backyard will certainly score you bragging rights around the neighborhood. However, there's much more to pool ownership than planning deckside parties and kids' playdates. For starters, maintaining a pool is time-consuming and expensive. Plus, there are potential safety hazards to consider.

We did some research and talked with real-estate experts to determine the pros and cons of owning a home with a swimming pool. Be forewarned: The cons outnumber the pros. Here are eight of the biggest regrets that homeowners with a pool might encounter.

SEE ALSO: 12 Things Home Buyers Will Hate About Your House

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Unless otherwise noted, all cost estimates for pool operation, maintenance and repairs are national averages for in-ground swimming pools, based on data provided by HomeAdvisor.com, a website that tracks home-improvement costs.

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