On a pool???
Growing up, my parents had a huge, oval above ground pool and I lived in that pool. When I was in high school I took some classes and got a job as a lifeguard. So basically, there has never been a question of whether I would have a pool, just what kind of pool.
My husband and I bought a house 3 years ago and now we have a two-year old daughter, so we are wanting to get a pool for all of us to enjoy as a family.
Last year I got desperate and bought a 15 foot metal frame Intex for $50 on Craigslist. I got it home and put it up and jumped in. No ground prep at all and I regretted it all year, so this year we leveled the ground and re-installed it and with all the storms coming through here in SC, the ground has settled the pool is now very unlevel LOL.
I am 100% sure that I am going to sell the 15' next year and get a much bigger pool, but I can't decide whether to suck it up and spend the money and go for a permanent above ground or go for the 24' Intex pool and maybe, say 5 years or so down the road, reconsider a permanent pool.
I do know that no matter what, I will be paying a professional to level my ground first because that was some backbreaking work LOL!
There are really two factors here for me: price and labor. The Intex pools are less expensive and the 24' is huge for the money, but I know we are still going to have to put a lot of work in when setting it up if we want it to be right for years to come. If I get an above-ground, it will cost at least twice as much, but they do all the hard work of setting it up and then it's good to go (unless the liner needs replaced). And I would have to have my deck modified to accommodate a pool as well.
One more thing, I really like the Intex pools, they are a great affordable option for swimming, but the permanent pools just look so much nicer and neater. I don't know...how do you decide????
Do pool places usually do financing? Because then I know I would go for the permanent pool...someone else told me they put the displays and stuff on clearance at the end of the season at some places...