We just bought a house (first time homeowner) because we love it, even though we don't want its pool (first time pool owner). We're too busy taking care of our newborn & toddler. I don't know if/when we'd want to start using the pool (next year, 5 years, never?). It's an above ground pool, not sure of dimensions, but let me know if anything specific might factor into this decision. I don't know how old it is.
What are my options for minimizing maintenance time/costs?
- I could remove the pool. This would include removal costs and whatever loss to home value if we sold. We'd also have to re-sod. Using the pool would of course require purchasing another, but at least the ground would be level.
- Could I semi-permanently drain the pool? Would this require purchase of a hard cover and, when/if the pool is reopened, some expensive repairs?
- Could I keep it closed and just dump chemical(s) in there every month/year? This would involve extra cleanup/repair when reopened?
- I could just open/maintain the pool as if we were using it.
Thanks for any advice!