Saying Goodbye to the Family Swimming Pool

If you own a in-ground swimming pool, the day will come (if it hasn’t already) when you realize you no longer use it enough to justify the cost of owning it. Knowing that fact is one thing, doing something about it is something else.  

Swimming pools are usually a centerpiece for entertainment with family and friends. They become a destination place where fond memories are created. This makes removing them difficult. It’s change, and change is always unsettling. It can feel like throwing away a family portrait. It’s letting go. The fact a pool is in poor condition doesn’t make getting rid of it any easier. I have worked with many home owners that had pools that were in  total disrepair and although they had no intention of remodeling them they still had a hard time making the decision to remove them. It always confirm to me that peoples reasons for keeping their swimming pool was never based on what I was seeing, but what they were feeling.  

The problem with a swimming pool is you can’t put it in a cupboard and forget about it. You can’t even put it in the garage with all the other stuff you don’t use. Your unwanted pool is in your face every day and has a huge appetite for your time and money as well as your peace of mind. One pool owner told me his pool hadn’t been swam in for seventeen years .During that time it continued to be maintained and serviced. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that “next year” things will be different. If your swimming pool wasn’t used this season, don’t think it will be in the next one.  

In the past, finding a contractor to remove a in-ground swimming pool was difficult if not impossible. People that tried found it unbelievably frustrating .The good news is, swimming pool demolition contractors are much easier to find than they used to be, especially in the areas of the county where there are large numbers of pools. You will also be surprised at how cheap removing a swimming pool can be. In most areas of the country you can get a pool demolished and back filled with dirt for less than $8000. That’s less than the price of a cheap remodel.  

Don’t stay in back yard limbo any longer. Removing you unwanted pool will take a huge burden off your shoulders. I’m always talking with people that have made the decision to remove their swimming pool and without exception they tell me their glad they did it. The only regret they have is the fact they didn’t do it years ago.

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