I'm in the process of looking to buy my very first home in good 'ol ultra-expensive NJ. I really don't care to live here, but I have been unable to transfer out with my job anywhere else. I have always dreamed of having a pool, and it seems that these past few weeks I have been looking at homes with in-ground pools. I'm a little concerned about being a pool owner. These pools are quite big (which I like), but they look like they are going to be a real hassle to maintain. I don't mind putting work into something I'm going to enjoy, but all of it looks horribly overwhelming. As I look at these homes with their in-ground pools I see the big mechanical filters and pumps in the corner of the yard. I hear about tablets you have to put in the filters as well as the small birds and baby squirrels that get sucked into the skimmer that needs to be emptied. Most of the pools I have seen have new liners. The pumps range from 5 years - 10 years old. There's one house and pool I really like, but the owner admitted that the heater is rather old and consumes far more consumption/gas than the house is rated for. The big plus is that this particular owner had the very expensive robot that cleans the entire pool on its own. I suppose my question comes down to this.... Is it worth owning your own pool? Knowing nothing about how to upkeep, is it an overwhelming thing to learn? Is it expensive replacing a pump, filter or heater once it breaks? Any advice would be appreciated.