Is Owning a Pool Worth It? How to Decide.

If you’re considering buying a fiberglass pool, you likely have many questions. In our experience, homeowners like you often ask, “What type of inground pool should I get?” “Is owning a pool a lot of work?” “Is owning a pool stressful?” “What are the pros and cons of owning a pool?” “How long do fiberglass pools last?” “How long does a concrete or vinyl liner last?” At the heart of all these questions, you’re probably trying to decide, “Is owning a pool worth it?” An inground pool is a significant investment, and it’s natural to ask questions before deciding. The last thing any homeowner wants to experience is swimming pool buyer’s remorse. This post will discuss some benefits and potential drawbacks of pool ownership.



The pool is only a short walk away.

No more having to pack up and drive to your next swimming adventure. Having a pool outside your back door makes getting in the pool much more convenient!

You can swim when you want.

Aside from the time it takes to get there, public pools have set hours, and you have to plan around their availability. With your pool, you decide if you want to take a dip at high noon or midnight. 

A pool adds value.

“Value” has many different meanings. For example, a pool gives your home a luxurious, resort-like feeling which may add value to your life. And sometimes, pools can also add to the resale value of your home.

You have a say in the shape, color, and design.

You may not be too particular about the color of the public pool, but being able to choose your surroundings is satisfying. Depending on the type of inground pool you choose, it could be any size, shape, or color you desire!


You are responsible for regular pool maintenance.

Regardless of the type of inground pool, there will be weekly pool maintenance. Certain inground pool types require more labor and chemicals than others, so this is something to keep in mind when considering an inground pool that will be best for you. Pool service companies can help you with maintenance and advise you on how to take care of your pool. 


It’s significantly more expensive than going to your local public pool.

This one may be obvious but necessary to point out since the price can be a significant factor in owning a pool. In addition, you will have to consider the costs associated with installation (which will also vary depending on what type of inground pool you choose) and maintenance costs over the pool’s lifetime. 


After deciding to reach out to a local pool builder, you may be wondering, “what questions should I ask a pool installer?” To help you answer those questions, consider watching the following videos covering the most common questions homeowners may want to ask their builder. Some cover inground pools as a whole, while others are specific to fiberglass pools. Here are a few to get you started:


Question 1: What type of pool is best for me?



Question 2: How much will it cost to have my pool installed?



Question 3: How much should I expect to pay in annual pool maintenance?


So, is owning a pool worth it? In the end, only you can determine whether an inground pool is worth it for your family and situation. Why? Well, most of the time, when we’re making a purchase, we consider it in light of the relative value of other things we could have. Is having an inground pool a lot of work? It can depend on the pool type, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming, especially if you choose fiberglass. For more information that may inform your decision, check out our eBook on the “things I wish I knew before getting a pool.” If you’d like more information on fiberglass pools specifically, see our fiberglass pools resources page and our pool cost calculator.