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This pandemic is forcing to us make decisions we never thought we’d have to make. Whether it’s choosing virtual school vs. face-to-face or whether or not to attend a family gathering, we’re now making judgment calls on what’s best for our family based on the ever-changing facts of the virus.
For some families, the pandemic is altering where we spend our money. I’ve heard from several readers who are choosing to invest more in their houses this year than in travel.
And that’s the big decision my family is about to make. In the past, we never considered buying a house with a pool or adding a pool to our current house. We’ve always had a neighborhood pool to go to, until now (it’s closed due to Covid-19).
Texas is hot, y’all! And pool season lasts a long time.
So now, we’re actually considering adding an inground pool and spa to our backyard. My husband actually suggested it earlier this summer, and my jaw dropped. He has never been open to the idea before. But, quarantine makes you do crazy things. I brushed off his idea as a fleeting moment of craziness.
But then we stayed at a Vrbo rental house with a great pool. And since then, I can’t get a backyard pool out of my mind.
Backyard Pool vs. Travel
I would never want to undertake an expense so large that we couldn’t travel anymore. And we all know that even though miles and points offset the cost of travel, there is still a cost to travel. My family likes to take cruises and stay in rental homes where the kids can have their own beds, and those things increase the price of our travel.
But the reality is that building an inground pool in Texas costs a large chunk of money. (And no, our neighborhood does not allow above ground pools.) Aside from the installation cost, there is the cost to maintain it and an additional cost to home insurance.
While getting a pool wouldn’t mean we’d have to stop traveling altogether, it would likely mean we can’t take as many trips over the summer as we have in the past. Practically speaking, getting a pool would likely mean we take two big trips next summer instead of three.
Of course, having a kid in high school has organically reduced our travel. My son has to be home a lot of the summer for tennis practice, so no more 3+ week vacations.
Is a pool worth the cost and sacrifice?
We plan to be in this house for another 9-10 years. That is a lot of years to enjoy a pool. My husband and I will be getting quotes and thinking a lot more about this decision before we move forward.
Are you spending more money on house upgrades during this pandemic? If you have a backyard pool, do you love it and use it a lot? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.