Protect Your Investment: Pool Owners Share Regrets—Proactive Ways to Defend Against Them. 

Do people regret buying a

Here’s a short story

A dog lover was really keen on buying his first dog. He couldn’t wait to advance from being just a dog lover to a dog owner. After gathering enough money for the purchase, he went straight for a rottweiler. This man lived with his new puppy and paid little attention to training the puppy till the puppy grew into a full-grown dog. The untrained dog, although still cute, messes up his house, embarrasses him before his visitors, and becomes unbearable to live with. The enthusiastic dog lover now struggles to live with his dog. It all now looks like buying the rottweiler was a mistake. 

What do you think was the man’s mistake? Buying the rottweiler or not training the rottweiler? That’s a quick one. Not training the dog. 

This is similar to how owners can mistake their negligence for regret at owing the pool. 

In this blog post, we will be sharing the life experiences of pool owners/pool lovers and their mistakes that lead to the “I wish I never got this pool” thoughts. And then we will be showing you how not to fall into the same trap that they fell into. 

Let’s investigate! 

PS: All speakers and experiences are real and  were gotten from Quora 

Speaker 1—Darrin Maidlow  

“Everything went wrong. It cost a small fortune both monetarily and on time. The first year, I assumed the heater was broken and a cold Canadian pool is not good. Also, my daughter was just born that year so no swimming for her. The second summer; my wife was pregnant with our second child and wasn’t down with swimming. So I didn’t even uncover the pool that summer – that was a huge mistake that took me several years to correct, ultimately requiring a full drain and scrub.”


Buying a when you have little kids in the house can be an expensive mistake. Accidents and drowning in a pool are most common with kids or pets. Leaving your pool accessible to them can lead to tragic consequences and regrets. It’s best to either not have any installed or ensure proper pool safety measures. 

Speaker 2—Andy Lee

“First, a pool is expensive, with a lot of work and upkeep and yearly costs to maintain (energy, chemistry, replacement pumps, etc). We have had our pool for 17 years now. Loved it when the children were growing up, but since now being an empty nester, the pool is a lot of work for an older person. We currently use it very seldomly and it is a very expensive backyard decor. I joke about the fact that one of my hobbies is maintaining an outdoor 31,000-gallon fish tank without any fish in it.”


A pool is perfect when you have adolescent kids, as it will help you know all your children’s friends who come by to chill. By then, you have young hands to help you maintain it. 

But when you have older folks only in the house, the pool will still require the same amount of maintenance, cleaning, and chemicals. Using automated methods like automatic robot cleaners is a good plan. Or better still, leaving the cleaning for professional pool cleaners is the best approach to prevent turning your pool into a fish tank joke. 

Speaker 3—Matt Drake (A pool builder)

“As a pool builder, I’ve had a lot of people tell me they wished they would have listened when I suggested going smaller. At the end of the day, for most people, it’s a hole in the ground to get drunk in and cool off. Bigger means more chemicals, more energy, more water, more time spent cleaning, or more money having someone else do it.”

In my opinion, the perfect pool is an oversized swim spa. ~8×16, 4′ deep. Low energy cost, low maintenance, and capable of being quickly heated and enjoyed year-round.


Make sure to install a pool size just suitable for you and your family. Don’t go to an oversize pool to accommodate friends. Because an oversized pool means an oversized maintenance routine, chemical balance, and energy usage. Owning a pool is already tasking. An oversized pool will get troublesome in the future. 

Speaker 4—Ed Smith 

“I haven’t purchased one. I learned from other people:

1. First year or two….. “Man, this thing is wonderful !!!”

2. Year 3–4…… “yeah, it’s ok. We don’t use it as much as I thought we would”

3. Year 5–7……. grumble “It’s a lot of work to keep clean and keep up”.

4. Year 8–10…… “Ah, the kids have outgrown it, we never use it, wish I’d never done it”.

5. Sometime later: Pool removed, hole filled in, grass planted.”


Your pool doesn’t just add extra resale value, it is also a good option for relaxation for grandkids when they come around. Removing your pool might sound like a good plan, but there’s a better plan. Since it’s not always in use, you won’t need much activity to keep it clean. This means you’ll just need to schedule a few appointments with the professionals to ensure it doesn’t become a home for germs. 

Our Verdicts 

The dog owner was not properly informed about the importance of scheduling regular appointments with dog trainers. And that made him regret buying the dog. In the same vein, many pool owners regret buying a pool because they weren’t properly informed about some useful facts before the purchase.

In conclusion

Here’s a list of useful information that can keep you away from regrets about buying a pool. Avoid your pool from being accessible to your kids and pets. Or even avoid having one at all till they are grown a little. Employ robotic cleaning solutions that will make an interesting and easy-going task rather than a burden for the older ones. Install a decent pool size to prevent unnecessary use of time, money, and energy in maintaining the extra area of the pool. 

Just as the dog owner needed regular appointments with the dog trainer, every pool owner needs regular schedules with pool maintenance experts. 

Many shy from pool maintenance experts because of the popular opinion that they cost an arm and a leg. But in a real sense, not involving them will cost you your pool. Which will cost more to fix. Reach out to a pool maintenance expert today.