With California recently experiencing one of the country’s worst droughts ever recorded, lasting from 2011 to 2017, numerous people have come to realize the need to conserve water.
Having over 1.18 million residential swimming pools in California alone, many of the state’s residents have sought to lessen that number. As of now, more and more people across the country have begun demolishing and filling in their swimming pools, but a drought alone shouldn’t be the only reason.
Some customers may realize they just don’t use their pool enough to justify having it anymore, while others may have a different vision for their backyard.
There are over 10.4 million residential swimming pools and 309,000 public pools in the U.S. As a landscaper, you may encounter clients who are unsure about whether or not they should remove their own pool, and it will be your duty to educate them about the benefits of demolishing swimming pools.
Here are four reasons you can share with your clients about the pros of demolishing their swimming pools.
Demolishing swimming pools can help homeowners with their finances.
The cost of maintaining a pool can become quite heavy in the long run.
It has been estimated that the average cost of a one-time pool cleaning is $236 and since it is recommended that owners should clean their swimming pools at least once a week, this will quickly add up over the course of a year.
However, despite the recommendation, pool owners often clean their pools once a month. Still, $236 a month makes $2,832 every year. This estimate does not include the costs of cleaning supplies as well as repairs that can range from $75 to $1,550 depending on the element that needs fixing.
When homeowners have their pools demolished, they can free themselves from these expenses and use the money for something else.
Demolishing swimming pools can help homeowners sell their properties quicker.
It is true that swimming pools add more value to a property and homeowners can get a bigger profit when they decide to sell their place. However, the increase in value can also make their property a lot more difficult to sell.
Now, it is for this reason that the loss of value becomes beneficial. The reality of life is that a lot of people want to move to a different and better home. If the time comes and your clients wish to sell their homes and move to another, they would be able to sell their property faster if they didn’t have a pool.
The reason for this is that properties without pools are more affordable, which makes a lot of buyers gravitate towards them. Furthermore, there are lots of buyers who are turned off by the cost of pool maintenance, leading them to go for properties without a pool.
Demolishing swimming pools can eliminate safety hazards.
When your clients decided to have their swimming pools demolished and filled in, they are also making the decision to make their homes a safer place for their family.
Despite all their fun, swimming pools pose a number of safety hazards for your clients and their families. If your clients have kids, there is a chance that they might wander away from their parents’ eyesight and accidentally fall into the pool and drown. Even if the child doesn’t drown, accidents like this can cause permanent debilitating injuries.
The swimming pool is also home to a number of bacteria and no matter how much chlorine your clients put into the water, there will still be chlorine-immune disease-causing bacteria that could harm those who wade into the pool.
Furthermore, the chemicals added to the pool may have negative effects on the body. Chlorine, for example, can kill the body’s own important bacteria. This happens when a person accidentally swallows chemically-treated pool water. Chlorine can also irritate the skin and trigger asthma.
Lastly, certain components of the pool like the pump, heaters, and controllers run on electricity. This means that there is always a risk of electrocution, especially when there is faulty wiring or when the conduit in which the wires are placed is subjected to wear and tear.
If your clients are overly concerned about the safety hazards their pool presents, demolishing it can certainly help them sleep better at night.
Demolishing swimming pools will provide your clients with more space for home improvement.
It may seem obvious that if your clients demolish their swimming pools and have them filled in, they will get more space. What people fail to understand is the potential for those spaces to be used for home improvement.
By freeing up space in their yard, homeowners may be able to enhance its functionality. The additional space can provide your clients’ kids with a wider area to play all sorts of engaging games, or they can use it to host social gatherings from birthdays to anniversaries and even family reunions.
Not only that, they can also use the space for landscaping projects to further enhance the aesthetics of their property. Swimming pools take up a considerable amount of space and your clients’ properties would definitely feel less congested if they decided to demolish their pools.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written by Alodia Jeremie Henry. Henry is a frustrated gardener who loves to plant different kinds of fruits and vegetables. When she’s not busy tending her little garden, she juggles her time being a wife, a mother of two kids and an online writer.