Swimming pools are fun, but here in Minnesota the months we are able to use them are limited. You will have maintenance costs associated with a pool, and most likely your home owners insurance will be higher due to the liability of owning a pool, especially if it has a diving board. Many insurance companies no longer allow owners to own diving boards.
So the pros would be the fun factor, and being able to swim anytime you like in your own private yard. The cons are the maintanence costs of keeping it clean and clear, insurance, and limited use.
Also, pools are not really giving a real value when it comes to total value of a home. You might only get 10% value of the pool itself. They might be nice to have, but they don't increase the value of a home.
Hope this helps!
Jennifer Kirby - Broker
Kirby Fine Homes
When you go to sell, unless the pool is pristine and really attractive looking to the buyer for that house, it will most likely be a detriment rather than an asset. I would consider getting rid of it before you go to sell, depending on what's happening in the market at that time.
This information is, of course, based on our experiences with home buyers. After doing this for 18 years, you get a feel for what people do and don't want!!! :D
You have good answers from both Brad and Jennifer but one thing that I didn't see mentioned is whether the pool is above ground or in-ground. If the pool is above ground, it is much easier to remove if you decide pool maintenance is not for you. Also some brands, like Doughboy are easy to relocate and will have a secondary market value. In ground pools really change the landscape of the backyard. If you decide you hate having a pool, filling it in can be expensive.
We personally were fortunate to have in-laws with a pool for hot summer days. When temperatures rise in the summer, you will have lots of friends want to visit.. It's up to you to decide whether that is a positive or negative.
Just a few more things to consider...Good luck with your decision.