What do you do with an unused pool?

February 25th, 2011 § 9 comments

We have an inground pool in our backyard that came with the house when we bought it. We had planned on using it but when the cover broke in an ice storm last year, we found that there really isn’t much of a shallow end and since we have two small children I don’t think its a good pool for them. Our next choice was to have it removed, but we got a quote of $5000 which is more than the cost to get the pool running, and more than we really have. I have also heard from a few people that removing the pool might not be good for resale value. Can we buy a new cover and just let the pool sit until we sell it a few years down the road? What would be the best thing to do if we don’t plan on using it?

Also, with the option of opening it up and using it, it needs a new liner which we were quoted $2000 for the liner and installation.
We live in Indiana, and because of this we are not able to put a deck over the pool, I would love to be able to do that.

It was a pool man that gave us the $5000 quote to remove it, but when I called local excavators, none of them had ever removed a pool. Is there a different kind of contractor to look up?

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