We're (me, wife, kids 10 and 7) moving in to my first home with a pool on May 7th. It is located in Club Estates (Centerville and S. Country Club Dr. in Garland). It has approximately 15-20K est gallons (30 ft x 15 ft est L and W w/ what appears to be a 7-9 foot deep end). The current owner is supposed to keep it up until the closing (but will they?) They have a Nitro cleaner, but may not be running or cleaning it consistently (no over hanging trees anywhere near). They do have dogs that they apparently let share the pool (dog hair in the Nitro and skimmers). The pool has a built in spa which jets, but the heater is disconnected and somewhat rusty (salvageable or worth it? , TBD). The equipment is on its last legs: bearing noise in the pump, high pressure in the filter gauge 30 PSI (inspector from Pool Stop wrote FNS + 60), backwash valve has a slight leak at shaft, spa light not coming on, two valves missing handles, equipment pad not elevated (actually there is a slight clearance above the ground, about 1/2 - 3/4 inch, but not perfectly level). Visually, the pool looks pretty nice (saw several during the house search in much worse condition and few if any better) and mostly well cared for. I ordered "Cruising Through Pool Care the Easy Way" by Merry Wise, and a K-2006 Chemical Test Kit. First, chlorine or salt? I've read salt (I understand it still changes to chlorine) is preferable for comfort, and fewer complications (fading clothes, green hair, stinging eyes, chaffing skin, etc.) but a friend of mine said it will not work effectively in hot Dallas summer weather. Your thoughts? I'll know more about where I stand once I get my kit, move in and learn to test accurately. I know this is long, thanks for taking your time to read it.