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, especially during the heat of the summer. 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, especially with the high cost of living. Plus, there are safety hazards to consider.

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. 

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.

Here are 10 of the biggest regrets that homeowners with a pool often have.

Andrea Browne Taylor
Contributing Editor

Browne Taylor joined Kiplinger in 2011 and was 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. She is Director of Member Services, at the National Association of Home Builders.

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