Francesca Stygar, advertising writer

The summer sun is shining and what better way to say hello to the hot weather than uncovering the pool or getting a new one installed? Whether you want to be able to relax on a floatie by yourself or host some sweet summer pool parties, an outdoor pool or Jacuzzi could be a great addition to your home.

Outdoor pools can either be installed as in ground or above ground, usually depending on how much you’re looking to spend on one.

“In most cases, in ground pools—be it vinyl, concrete, or fiberglass—are going to cost, on average, between 30-70k,” says rivepoolsandspas.com. “Although this is a very big range, it’s an honest and realistic one.”

Many homeowners may not take into account the extra landscaping, accessories, or electrical work that needs to be done to install an in ground pool. Though they tend to have a longer lifespan, an in ground pool definitely requires more financial dedication. An above ground pool can have the same space and cost significantly less (depending on if you intend to build a deck or patio to go along with it) but both types will still require general up-keep.

One of the benefits, however, of owning an above ground or partially in-ground swimming pool, is that they require less maintenance and are less time-consuming during opening and closing seasons, than a standard in-ground pool,” says local company Ohio Pools and Spas. “That means— you can enjoy a longer pool season and spend more time with your family and friends.”

If you already have a pool or if you’re looking to install something smaller, a hot tub may be another addition to consider. Hot tubs and spas come in a variety of shapes and sizes meaning you can choose from a small, two person tub to put on a private deck or a larger one that can be built alongside a pool. As with other big investments, you’ll need to consider the full cost of more than just the tub itself and also decide if the additional maintenance is worth it. Most hot tubs need to be emptied and cleaned once every four months or so and covered during colder months.

However, hot tubs can be great for entertaining both large groups or a special someone. On cooler spring and summer nights, who wouldn’t love the opportunity to lie back in some hot, bubbling water and enjoy a jet stream massage? Even if the weather isn’t perfectly warm, your hot tub will be, meaning you have the opportunity to enjoy it for a good chunk of the year.

Owning an outdoor pool or Jacuzzi can not only add value to your home, but also add an element of summer fun for you and your family. Although they require dedication and maintenance, many homeowners eagerly await uncovering their pool when the weather gets warm. Local businesses such as Ohio Pools and Spas offer great financing options to those interested, so if a pool is part of your dream home, don’t hesitate to start looking into making that dream come true.