14 Sep 2011
A big house with a big swimming pool out the back used to be the dream of most Australian homebuyers, but with house and block sizes shrinking; pools just aren’t as popular as they used to be.
Pool sales have reportedly been going down over the past few years and a big reason for this is believed to be because people are buying smaller blocks and homeowners are concerned about the risks of overcapitalising.
But maybe people are also just finding less need for a pool. If blocks are getting smaller, then people want some room in their backyard that they can move around in, and a pool can take up a lot of space that can be used for other purposes such as an outdoor deck or an outdoor BBQ area.
Pools also come with a lot of maintenance and ongoing costs, and in a lot of homes they are only used on rare occasions anyway, so for some it may seem pointless investing in a pool unless you know that you and your family are going to get good use out of it.
In saying that though, a pool can be a great asset to a home, and if you do have the space then it can be great for entertaining in the summer months, and it is also great for those who choose swimming as their regular form of exercise.
I’m interested to hear what people in the Casula community think about pools though – do you think they’re an asset to a home? Would you choose to install a pool on your property?