When we first went to look at our house when it was on the market, I had no idea it had a pool, or I would have never looked at it in the first place. The house, however, was perfect for us and listed for the exact price we could afford within our means. At first, we didn't know what to think, do, or plan for the pool. We thought very hard and with great hope about keeping it...we imagined lounging by the pool in the summer and heck maybe even in the spring and early fall, having pool parties and barbeques. The first thing we did was to call a few pool companies to come over and give us estimates and look over the damage done by neglect. We learned it needed both a new liner and cover and some other improvements. The total bill would run close to $10,000. We simply didn't have the money to keep it. Also, the more we thought about it, the more we realized how big a project it would be each year to maintain it. So we sadly said goodbye to our hopes and jumped in with both feet back to reality. Filling it in, is a quite a project itself. All in all after renting a jack hammer to break up the concrete and removing the liner, cover and metal...still need to remove some more, and it will require 5 loads of fill sand and about 2 loads of topsoil, it will cost @ $800-$1,000, it would be more if we had to rent a bobcat. My WONDERFUL Aunt and Uncle and cousins were generous enough to bring their bobcat over and they helped get 20 tons of sand into the pool.
Our deadline to fill it in is in May, based on the permit. The kids can't wait to be able to play in the backyard. I will post a final update after it's been completed...just didn't want to leave ya hangin' til then;)
|Bobcat..in case you missed it on the rear|
|Unpooluting the Backyard|