10 Reasons You'll Regret Buying a House With a Swimming Pool

Attention home buyers: Carefully weigh the pros and cons of owning a home with a swimming pool in the backyard before you sign on the dotted line.

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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 safety hazards to consider. (You might even have some concerns about the spread of the coronavirus while swimming. Fortunately, the CDC states that there is currently no evidence that suggests the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through pools, hot tubs, spas or water play areas.)

We've interviewed many real-estate experts over the years about the pros and cons of owning a home with a swimming pool. Be forewarned: The cons outnumber the pros. Here are 10 of the biggest regrets that homeowners with a pool often have.

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 (opens in new tab), a website that tracks home-improvement costs.

Andrea Browne Taylor
Online Editor, Kiplinger.com
Browne Taylor joined Kiplinger in 2011 and is a channel editor for Kiplinger.com covering living and family finance topics. She previously worked at the Washington Post as a Web producer in the Style section and prior to that covered the Jobs, Cars and Real Estate sections. She earned a BA in journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C.