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Can A Pool Add Value To Your Home?


A recent study published by the National Association of Realtors maintains that inground swimming pool installations can increase the value of homes from 8 percent to as much as 15 percent. There are some variations by region: In the Southeast the increase in value ranges from 5 to 10 percent, while in the Southwest this ranges from 8 to 13 percent. In addition, in the northern areas, the increase in value range is an average of 6 percent.

If you live in a hot climate, it is most likely a plus.

Having a private pool is a great experience and it gives you the opportunity to swim whenever you feel like it in the privacy of your own garden. Private pools vary in size depending on the property.

Finally the area of “Staycations” is the costs SAVINGS. Sure your pool area might cost around 40k to create your own private oasis….BUT….it could be costing you $8000 a year to go to a getaway destination and other misc trips through the year to “get away” were costing another $4000.

By having your own personal oasis you can cut that travel and still feel like you’ve gone away! True this model might not fit everyone, but the application is still there to a lesser degree…..and there are plenty of pool options out there to cut the cost in half if not more depending how handy you are.

Some realtors say that swimming pools are an amenity that potential buyers may shy away from, while others argue that they are a necessity – especially when it comes to homes in upscale areas. So research your area and see what the other homeowners around you are doing this will give you a good idea of your return on your investment.

When it comes to pool-building budgets, our philosophy is this: Spend it where you’ll see it.
When you envision your dream pool, the pool itself is usually a foundation upon which your backyard oasis is built. So build the most basic pool possible to meet your needs, then focus your energy — and your budget — on creating a poolside environment you’ll never want to leave. The best poolscape designs integrate the pool, deck and patio, draw inspiration from nature, and reflect your personal style.

Design the perfect pool for you!


It’s a major addition to your house. It dramatically alters the landscape of your outdoor living space. It can be a lifestyle change. This is not a decision that your extended family or neighbors should influence you one.

Building or buying a pool is a major investment so ask yourself some key questions before you take the plunge!

Why do you want a pool?

Talk to your family, see what everyone’s needs and desires are. Make a list of pros and cons to getting a pool. Consider everyones opinion even your children.

What will the pool be used for?

What will be the use of the pool, is it to help you exercise? To give the kids something fun to do? Are you thinking of doing a lot more outdoor entertaining where a pool would be a nice thing for your guests?

What type of pool do you want?

This is an important question because there are so many styles and types of pools. Knowing what shape, size, above ground in ground, or even the type of water (salt versus chlorinated). Do some research, shop around, better yet hire someone who will design a custom pool just for you.

What size and shape?

This depends a lot on your backyard and what you have room for. Even if you have a small area to work with a creative pool designer will be able to come up with something great!

What is your budget?

There really is a pool to fit every budget, you just have to know what you want and what you are able to afford. There are a few sources that you could look to in order to get the pool of your dreams: home equity accounts, savings, inheritance, homeland, or even a pool loan. Clear Blue Pools has some great loan options available CHECK THEM OUT!

Maintenance: You or the Pro?

This is the question on everyones mind, who is going to clean the pool? Its a good one to because there are a lot of things involved in keeping you pool clean and pristine. Vacuums, chlorine, heaters, pumps OH MY! Do you have time to commit to keeping your pool clean? Do you have the funds to hire a professional to take on this task for you? We provide a variety of custom maintenance plans to keep your pool looking great.

Get get this thing started!!

Have a realistic timeline for getting your pool built and hire someone who knows they can stick to that timeline. Make sure you have a in depth conversation with you pool contractor so you are both on the same page.


Hurricane Matthew Tips


We hope that all is well with your homes and pools since this past weekend’s storm. Please expect some delays on your pool maintenance due to road closures and town evacuations, we were not able to perform scheduled maintenance. The storm has caused many of our customer’s pools to be filled with debris and in an effort to provide quality service, your pool maintenance may not fall on your normal day. Our hardworking pool technicians will provide your service as soon as possible. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We appreciate your patience! Many thanks from Clear Blue Pools, Inc.

After the Storm Tips

The work is not over after the storm, especially if there is a power outage.

Here are some tips from Lee County Emergency Management Services to maintain the water quality of your pool:

Clear all debris from the water.

Add chlorine, such as 10 percent sodium hypochlorite granules called “shock,” to super chlorinate the water. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and maintain the super-chlorinated state until the electricity is restored.

Do not allow anyone into the super-chlorinated water.

Be sure everything is dry before dealing with electrical startup. Check your circuit breakers to be sure they are off before attempting to reconnect electrical equipment such as pump motors. Inspect the wiring (especially ground wires) for proper connections. Be sure you are following manufacturers’ instructions when reactivating equipment. If electric motors have been exposed to water, they should be checked by a competent professional.

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