The Pros and Cons of In-ground Pools
May 22, 2023

The Pros and Cons of In-ground Pools

A private swimming pool in your own backyard is many peoples’ definition of the height of luxury. Somewhere to go and cool down on hot summer days, or turn on the heating and relax in luxurious warmth on cool autumn and winter evenings. 

When making the decision to add a swimming pool to your property you will likely be faced with the choice between whether you want an in-ground pool or not. In-ground pools have a number of advantages, and a few disadvantages, that are worth considering before you make your final choice. 

The Pros of In-ground Pools 


You may have grown up thinking of swimming pools as simply rectangles designed for swimming lengths up and down, but that doesn’t have to be the case. In-ground pools, unlike other designs, can come in a variety of shapes and designs suited to both your usage and available space. They are also available in a wider range of colours and finishes and have more options when it comes to landscaping the surrounding area, making them fit seamlessly into your backyard. 

Convenience and Fun 

Having your own swimming pool is a great investment for you and your family. Swimming pools are fun, multi-purpose additions to your property. Parties, exercise, relaxing, entertaining, your own swimming pool can do it all. They are also super convenient; no packing swimming suits, towels, snacks; no loading everybody into the car; no finding and paying for parking; no fighting for space in changing rooms and showers afterwards. All the fun and enjoyment of the water, with all the amenities and comfort of your own home. 

Resale Value 

A swimming pool adds significant value to your property, in some cases returning more than the initial investment when it comes time to sell. The high-quality construction and long life-span of in-ground pools are particular points of interest in increasing the value. 

Comparison to Above-ground 

The obvious comparison to in-ground swimming pools is their above-ground counterparts. But when it comes to wanting a high-quality product that will last you for years to come, and add significant value to your property, there is no contest. Above-ground swimming pools are prone to additional wear, occupy larger amounts of space both physically and visually, and can irreversibly damage the grass and ground beneath them. They also require more regular maintenance to keep them sanitary and debris free. Many potential property buyers will actually look to have an above-ground pool removed before they enter the property! 

The Cons of In-ground Pools 

Installation and Cost 

A swimming pool is a considerable commitment. A good quality pool, customized to your liking, will cost tens of thousands of dollars and take a couple of weeks to install and get running. It’s not an investment that should be considered lightly, but as we discussed further up this article, you will likely be able to recoup your investment, and possibly make a profit, when it comes time to sell so there is a silver lining. 


An in-ground swimming pool is a permanent addition to your property. This can make some buyers hesitant. This is going to be something that will be in your backyard for years, possibly decades, to come. That makes it’s important to be sure of your decision before you commit. Of course, it also means when you do commit you don’t have to worry about it wearing and being replaced for a long, long time. 


A swimming pool in your own property can be seen as a safety hazard, especially if you have small children or pets. In reality, if you take the right precautions swimming pools are just as safe as anything else in your yard, but nonetheless, it should be a consideration. 


There’s no question about it, if you want to get the most out of your swimming pool it will require regular cleaning and maintenance. While you can make this job easier with better filtration systems and automated cleaners, or by hiring somebody to maintain it for you, it’s still something that will take time, effort, and money. But if you want to enjoy your swimming pool at its best, it’s something that must be done. 

Narellan Pools 

As you can see, in-ground swimming pools have lots of advantages and a few disadvantages, but overall, they are an excellent choice when considering a swimming pool of your own. Narellan Pools have a long and rich history of designing, constructing, and installing the highest quality fiberglass in-ground swimming pools. All of our swimming pools are designed and built in-house using our decades of experience to ensure you get the ultimate quality, luxury addition to your property. 

To learn more about the benefits of Narellan in-ground pools, speak to the team at Narellan Pools today.

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