Saturday, September 22, 2018




Should You Buy A Pool? Things To Think About Before Planning That Pool Installation

Should You Buy A Pool? Things To Think About Before Planning That Pool Installation

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The idea of owning your own swimming pool is an appealing one for many people. Having somewhere to swim, hold parties and relax and make the most of good weather is certainly nothing to sniff at, and for people with children the benefits can be even greater. However, some people are put off by the thought that their pool is going to end up being a huge maintenance responsibility, the benefits of which will fade as the novelty wears off. For every family the situation is different, however if you are in two minds about whether to invest in adding a pool to your property, here are some things it is worth considering:

Work Out a Cost Per Use

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One thing a lot of people do to work out how much value they’ll get out of their pool is to work out a rough cost per use. If you think, for example, that a pool will cost you $50,000 to install and around $3000 per year to maintain, and you and your children will use it four times a week for four months per year, perhaps for 15 years into the future, how much does that actually equate to per swim? Is it vastly more expensive than using other swimming options like a municipal pool or the ocean, and do you consider it a fair price for benefits like privacy and being able to let friends use it?

Is the Increase in Property Value Significant?

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While a pool can undoubtedly add to the resale value of your home, this is often something people don’t really analyze properly when they are trying to decide whether or not to put one in. While your home may gain an equal amount in value to what you spend on the pool, whether or not you’d actually get that amount on top of your home’s value (with inflation) if you don’t sell for 20 years is hard to say, and a pool can actually be a turn off for some home buyers as much as it can be an appealing feature to others. Look at other similar homes to yours on the market in neighboring areas and see what kind of effect different types of pools have on property prices if you may sell in the next ten years. If you plan to stay in your home for far longer (for example if you have young children and won’t be likely to move before they leave home), the effect on property value is so hard to gauge that this probably shouldn’t be a huge factor in your decision. Consider value for money rather than the potential for future profit in this situation.

Safety and Insurance

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Pools do represent a certain amount of risk, particularly if you plan to let neighbors, friends and family use yours. You will probably need to take some safety measures in terms of keeping the pool area secure (so children and pets from neighboring homes don’t find them tempting places to try and explore unsupervised) as well as making sure you are insured if anything happens to anyone using your pool. Even if you haven’t given permission for them to be there, someone who gets hurt using your pool (or worse) can present you with serious financial problems, as well as of course the bad feeling that an accident happened at your house.

Maintenance

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Different kinds of pools need different pool supplies and maintenance, some of which you can take care of yourself, and others which will require professional help. Make sure you are clear on what needs to be done to keep the style of pool you are considering clean and usable in summer, and protected when not in use through the colder months. Factor these costs into any estimates you make regarding the price and value of having a pool.

This guest post is by Marshall Stinson, is a plumber who works with a company that deals with fasteners and other pool supplies. He is a passionate blogger and likes blogging about random topics affecting his life. He likes reading books and playing indoor games.

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Skis, Snowboards And Other Winter Sports Gear – Should I Buy It Or Rent It?

Skis, Snowboards And Other Winter Sports Gear – Should I Buy It Or Rent It?

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If you are planning your first ski or snowboard vacation, it can seem like there is an awful lot of gear you need to consider. While some of it you will definitely need to buy for yourself (like thermal underwear!), there are a lot of things, like snowboards, ski poles and skis that you can rent at a ski school or resort. While this may seem like the better option, there are actually several pros and cons to both choices. Here we take a look at what those are to help you decide whether buying or renting the ski or snowboard gear you need is going to be better for you:

Benefits of Renting Ski or Snowboard Gear:

There are advantages to renting ski gear, which include:

    • You don’t have to worry about traveling to your resort with bulky ski or snowboarding equipment, or having to pay excess baggage charges on airlines to bring them.

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    • You can get gear that fits your children perfectly, without having to think that they will need all new stuff by next winter.

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    • If you want to try the sport out without making too much of a commitment, it is much cheaper to rent for your first trip – often, ski or snowboarding lessons include equipment rental in the price. This means if you decide skiing or boarding isn’t for you, you haven’t laid out money on things you’ll never use again.

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    • You can exchange the gear you borrow during the day if there turns out to be something wrong with it or it isn’t fitting well.

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    • You don’t have to clean or dry out the equipment after you use it, or have your accommodation littered with drying gear every evening.

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Benefits of Buying Instead:

Here are the arguments for buying your own ski or snowboard gear:

    • It is quicker to get on the slopes each day when you don’t have to go through the process of renting equipment, which means you get more skiing or snowboarding out of your time!

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    • Long term, provided you keep on with the sport, you will save money, because good skis or a good snowboard will last for years (though obviously for children there is an issue with outgrowing them).

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    • You will end up with the best quality things you can afford, and can choose what they look like. Most seasoned skiers or snowboarders hate when they have to rent equipment because the stuff that is on offer is nowhere near as good as the things they would buy.

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  • It can be cheaper than you think, particularly if you shop for used items or things like demo skis, which are highly marked down.
  • When you buy your own gear, you’ll have a lot more time in the shop to try different things and talk to an expert about what is best for you. At a rental store the concern is just to find something the right size and get hold of it so you can begin your day’s activity.

In conclusion, the main reasons to rent are if you are concerned about traveling with your gear, or aren’t certain you’ll want to use it more than once. Otherwise, it is better to own your own things, and save money if you need to by looking at buying second hand.

Today’s feature writer, Ashton Wade, is a professional skier and an active blogger. He is one of the most experienced skiers in Kentucky and likes to share his knowledge through his blogs. He likes to give away his used snowboards, free of cost, to children who want to learn. He feels that one of these children have the potential to become a world champion.

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