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Does An Above Ground Pool Increase Property Taxes?
Installing a swimming pool is no small endeavor. It is also the kind of decision that requires some thought, planning, and information. There are safety considerations to consider along with deciding on what type of pool, and the impact that installing a swimming pool may or may not have on your property. One question that may likely surface is regarding property taxes and does an above-ground pool increase property taxes.
In most cases, an above-ground swimming pool does not increase property taxes. Above-ground swimming pools don’t raise property taxes because they are not considered a permanent fixture. Additionally, above-ground swimming pools have little impact if the homeowner decides to move and are easy to transport.
Swimming pools are a great source of recreation and can provide years of enjoyment. There are several things to consider, however, before installing any type of swimming pool, including property tax considerations. If you are considering installing a swimming pool, here are a few things you should know before making a decision.
Table of Contents
- The Pros of Above-Ground Swimming Pools
- The Cons of Above-Ground Swimming Pools
- How Do You Care for an Above-Ground Pool?
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The Pros of Above-Ground Swimming Pools
Both in-ground and above-ground swimming pools have advantages and disadvantages. These are also aspects that deserve consideration from homeowners and people considering installing a pool.
No Property Tax
Restating the aforementioned concern regarding property taxes, above ground poos are not subject to property taxes. That is a good thing for homeowners concerned about the potential expenses of maintaining an above-ground pool.
Unlike in-ground pools, there is little, if any need, for a groundbreaking. In some scenarios, and in particular, for homeowners with hilly yards, the ground may need leveled. For most homeowners, these are simple tasks, and they can often be done without contracting help or an excavating service.
Most above-ground pools can also be installed without needing help other than a few extra hands to help. It is also a service that many pool companies offer with the purchase of an above-ground pool. Some companies, however, charge a nominal fee to have the pool installed.
Another big benefit of choosing above-ground pools is a quick installation process. Often, filling an above-ground pool takes more time than the installation process. Most homeowners, with the help of a few friends, can typically install the pool within a few hours.
If a homeowner decides to move, another benefit of having an above-ground pool is that it can go with them. As easy as an above-ground pool is to put up is, about how easy they are to take down.
In situations where the homeowner is moving into an apartment or a new home that doesn’t have room for a pool, the pool can be sold. As a portable swimming pool, above-ground pools can easily be repackaged and then put up for sale.
The price of above-ground pools can vary considerably. Factors such as size, installation services, and other pool amenities influence these costs. Above-ground pools cost between $1900 to $5000. The average cost, including professional installation, for above-ground pools, is $3000.
By comparison, the cost of above-ground pools is considerably less than that of in-ground pools. In most cases, above-ground pools cost several thousand dollars less than in-ground pools.
The Cons of Above-Ground Swimming Pools
Deciding on which type of swimming pool is best will depend on personal preferences and each homeowner’s situation. Some homeowners might need more affordable options like those offered by above-ground pools. Others, however, may choose to add an in-ground pool to boost their property value. Here is a look at some of the cons of above-ground swimming pools.
No Property Tax
Yes, this was also a pro for above-ground swimming pools, but this is also where the homeowner’s preference makes a difference. For people who know they won’t be staying in their current homes, investing several thousand dollars while not getting the benefit of improving their property value isn’t an investment but a loss.
In-ground pools are a good way to increase the value of your property. That also means for people in these scenarios, it makes more sense to invest in an in-ground pool.
Lack of Longevity
Above-ground pools have an average lifespan of 7 to 15 years. The average longevity of an above-ground pool is about ten years. Although that isn’t short-lived, it fails by comparison to how long an in-ground pool will last.
That is another area of consideration where the homeowner’s preferences and situation play a major role. Depending on how long a homeowner intends on using the pool will greatly influence the decision to buy a more or affordable above-ground or a more expensive in-ground pool.
More Susceptible to Damages
Above-ground pools are typically very sturdy structures. Unfortunately, they were not built to withstand damages from storms. Above-ground pools are easier to damage too. Any damage to the sidewall of an above-ground swimming pool can render it unusable.
The appearance of above-ground pools, by general consensus, isn’t as appealing as that of an in-ground pool. While this is still a matter of preference and opinion, it is worth considering since a swimming pool will take up a considerable portion of your yard.
Limited Pool Options
In-ground pools are famous for having unique designs. Above-ground pools have fewer options and are prepackaged. Homeowners typically have three options when it comes to the shape and style of above-ground pools, round, oval, and rectangular.
Above-ground pools also don’t have the same number of options when it comes to accessories and amenities. That means fewer features like decking and stairs for above-ground swimming pools.
How Do You Care for an Above-Ground Pool?
One of the most important aspects of having a swimming pool is care and maintenance. Many above-ground pools will live well past the 10-year average, and some even longer than 15 years.
In addition to helping prolong the life of the swimming pool, proper care and maintenance will also ensure a safer and cleaner swimming pool. Here are the basics to help keep your pool safe, fun, and in good condition.
Testing the Water
The pool water should be tested for chlorine levels at least a couple of times a week. Pool professionals suggest testing the water more frequently when the pool is under frequent use. The chlorine levels should register between two and four ppm (parts per million).
Chlorine testing strips will determine the chlorine levels and ensure your water is safe. Chlorine is an important part of maintaining your pool because it kills dangerous bacteria, algae, and microorganisms.
Check the pH Level
Another routine water check to perform two or three times a week is measuring the pH levels. The proper pH levels will help keep the water clear and enhance the effectiveness of the chemicals. Digital readers are advised, and the pH range should measure between 7.2 and 7.6.
Run the Pump
It is suggested by most experts to run the pool’s pump at least 8 to 10 hours a day. That will help to ensure good water circulation, fight stagnation, and promote chemical effectiveness.
Change the Filter
It is the job of the pool’s filter to remove any foreign materials and to help the chemicals work. Checking the filter regularly will also help to prevent the pool’s pump from overworking. Filters are relatively inexpensive too, usually costing less than $20, a small price to pay to help keep your pool in good condition.
Clean the Pool Regularly
Both in-ground and above-ground pools get dirty surprisingly fast. In addition to regular water treatments and testing, it is necessary to clean the pool regularly for optimum pool performance. These steps will help homeowners to enjoy their pools longer and keep the water safe to swim and play in.
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