My husband died and I am now managing everything about my house. I love my house and neighbors. The pool is the problem. I don’t use it anymore and it is an added expense and lots of work. I don’t want to move but the pool is bothering me. Should I just move, fill it in or continue keep paying to keep up something I no longer want or need? – Janice
Dear Janice, it is great that you live in a home you enjoy, have good neighbors and that you are capable of caring for yourself and your home! If the pool is your only issue with this home, then consider the options regarding the pool. You have identified the two most obvious ones….fill or maintain. What about a third possibility? Have you considered a pool cover? It is a doable solution to your current situation and leaves open the possibility of using the pool later for you or anyone you might sell your home to. There are a variety of types of coverings and you could get estimates regarding your options. This may also the simplest of the options (far easier than finding another perfect home and neighbors) while meeting your need and desire to eliminate the work and expense of pool upkeep. I suggest you check references and the Better Business Bureau before making a final decision if you choose this route. Having a great neighborhood and a home that comforts you and meets your needs has immeasurable value, especially when you are working through grief and refiguring your life.