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Looking at Putting in a Pool?

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With the heat coming this weekend, it might seem like a great time to put in a swimming pool, but the experts at Angie's List say be prepared for a lot of work.

Kids love pools, it's true. But it takes a lot of money and work to put one in your backyard.

"This is not a surgical maneuver. This is sort of like open heart surgery on your backyard. So it's going to be messy. We can try to contain the mess as best as possible, but you are going to have dump trucks, there's going to be a lot of dirt moved around," pool builder Bill Lambert said.

Angie's List says in-ground pools can cost between $20,000 and $70,000. Above-ground pools cost between $1,000 and $5,000.

Angie's List founder Angie Hicks said, "Unless you are the only house in your neighborhood that doesn't have a pool, you should skip it. Pools tend to scare off potential buyers of your house, and you usually only get about 50 cents on the dollar return on investment."

Plus, you have to maintain it. That means vacuuming the pool floor, balancing chemicals, and checking the pump.

Angie's List says pool maintenance costs can be up to $2,000 a year.

But if you're bound and determined to get a pool, Angie's List says make sure to get a reputable company to do the job and make sure they have the right permits to do the work.

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