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5 Home Upgrades You Don't Need

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Swimming Pool

We admit it looks tempting, but it's a lot more work -- and money -- than most buyers want to take on.
We admit it looks tempting, but it's a lot more work -- and money -- than most buyers want to take on.
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Owning a pool can be a hassle, and selling a home with a pool can sometimes be a big challenge. Families with young children worry about safety, and who can blame them? More than 300 children aged 5 or under die in submersion accidents involving pools every year. For the designated "pool man," the dream of spending a weekend afternoon sipping a mojito poolside often turns into the nightmare of constant, unrelenting pool maintenance. The supplies are expensive, and utility and electrical costs can get out of hand, too. Pools aren't the only offenders. Ponds and hot tubs can also be labor-intensive, potentially dangerous upgrades. Pools and other water features are a nice landscaping touch -- on someone else's property.

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