Facts To Know About Buying an Above Ground Pool

above groung pool

Thinking about buying an above ground pool?  Go for it I say!

If you have a family and want to keep them entertained all summer long in the comfort of your backyard, an above ground swimming pool will be a great addition.

Now, inground or fiberglass pool are better, but they also cost about 15 times what an above ground pool costs.  They also take up a lot more space, so if you have a smaller backyard, along with your budget, an above ground pool is a great choice.

Here are some of my tips when it comes to buying an above ground pool, from personal experience.

Decide how big you need the pool to be

The size really depends on your guard and what use it will get.  If you have a large family, then a bigger pool will be needed.  A 21″ round pool is a great size for a family pool.  It’s big enough for lots of people to be in it at the same time and big enough to play some fun games.  If you have a smaller yard, then 18′ is a good size.  I would get a round over oval sized pool, it’s less expensive and easier to clean.  An oval pool is also harder to stabilize as it has uneven sides, so sometimes you will need a buttress system to support it.

Decide on how long you will have your pool

If this is going to be a long term, 10+ year purchase, then I would go for an aluminum or composite type pool.  They will last longer and resist rust longer than a steel pool.  They are also more dent resistant.

If you only plan on having the pool for a few years until you upgrade to a fiberglass pool, then go with steel.  It’s a lot cheaper and you’ll be getting rid of it long before it shows signs of rusting.  The only downside is that a steel pool is heavy, so it’s harder to put together.

Decide on your accessories

If you live up north or have a shaded backyard, you may be springing for a pool heater, which will run you about $600-1200 bucks.  You’ll also need a pool cleaner, a pump and lots of chemicals.  Your accessories to get the pool up and running will go for about $1200 – $2000, depending if you get the heater or not.  We purchased our pool from a pool supply store in Ottawa and had everything shipped to us online.  Yes, you can order a complete pool online, it’s actually not that hard to put together.

Whatever you decide to do for your above ground pool, you’re going to have a blast all summer long and be happy that you made the purchase.  Yes, it’s not cheap to run and maintain a pool, but it’s cheaper than going on a vacation.

Facts about buying pool

The Many Health Benefits of Owning a Hot Tub

Swim Spa

Ever think about buying a hot tub?  Not only can a hot tub be a great place to relax or to spend time with the family, it can also give you and your family many health benefits.

Hydrotherapy has been used in healing for thousands of years.  People have been using natural hot springs for relaxation and therapy for thousands of years.  The ancient Romans had public hot pools where people could gather and enjoy the many benefits of hydrotherapy.

Hot water on your skin can help clear harmful toxins from your body.  Your body sweats out these toxins and also warms and helps to heal tired, strained and sore muscles.

Physical therapists also use hydrotherapy as part of their healing regime.  Same goes for massage, many use hydrotherapy as part of their massage practice.

So wouldn’t it be a good idea to have your very own hot tub so you can enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy every day of the year?  Yes, hot tubs can be costly, but over the years, you’ll see that it can be well worth the investment, both in terms of your health as well as for relaxation and enjoyment.

We purchased a swim spa for our home in Ontario last year.  A swim spa is a sort of hybrid hot tub and swimming pool.  It allows you to enjoy the benefits of a hot tub but also is long enough to use as a lap pool for exercise.  So you if you don’t have both right now, consider getting a swim spa to get the best of both worlds.  It is also ideal for small spaces and yards where a full-size pool won’t cut it.

Below is an inforgraphic that expands on the reasons to get a hot tub for your health.  So what are you waiting for, go get your hot tub today and start enjoying your won backyard hydrotherapy.


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Saving the family home from foreclosure

During time of financial difficulties you have to prioritize what to pay first. Naturally food tops the list as you can’t give it up, then come perhaps the utility bills as no one wants to end up without water or electricity and we kind of postpone the mortgage instalment. Just for a couple of days, then 1-2 weeks, which unnoticeably become a month. You are still fine but all of a sudden you get a letter from your bank – you are served with a foreclosure due to failure to pay and you realize it has been a couple of months already and the home you took for granted might be lost to the bank. Don’t panic but search professional help and find a reliable foreclosure attorney who can help you out of the situation. The attorney will analyze your personal situation and will give you proper advice what you should do. There are basically two options in such a case – to save your home or to surrender it. Below you will find a few facts why it is better to choose one over the other.


Save your home

The decision to keep your home is usually an emotional one, however it should be more financially-based. Review it as a deal and put down pros and cons of keeping the home. If it meets all your family needs, the interest rate you need to pay is reasonable and the property is worth more than the mortgage then you should fight for it. How does the procedure go? When you are served with a foreclosure letter you have 20 days to take the relevant action. In the event that you want to save your home, you should file for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This will allow you to catch up with the payments. An important note to observe is that the sooner you file the Chapter 13, the more affordable the payments will be and you will also save from piling up of attorney fees and charges. A good foreclosure attorney will prepare all the necessary paperwork and will also counsel you on how to proceed after the bankruptcy is filed. The process is not that complicated though it might sound a bit of unpleasant, however it is the best way to save your family home in such cases.


Surrender your home

As already mentioned the decision to keep or surrender the property must be financially based and void of feelings, if possible. Keeping the home is either a good deal or not. If the mortgage you have to pay is much hire than the property itself then it is best not to fight for it. In such case the step to take is file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy just before selling the house. This will not only ensure that there is no deficiency balance to pay back after the sale but will also give you additional six months in the property, so that you can get ready to move out.


There are times in life when we are faced with the tough decision whether we shall keep fighting for something or just make a step forward. If you are faced with a foreclosure, then you are in one such situation. But don’t waste time feeling sorry for what happened, find a good foreclosure attorney and follow their advice to save or surrender your home and resume your life.

Fireplace Safety Tips You Should Know

Fireplace safety

Who doesn’t love a nice warm fireplace on a winter’s evening?  Fireplaces in the home represent warmth, family, and a feeling of coziness.

Whether it’s a gas fireplace, wood, coal or electric, there are some safety tips you should be aware of when installing and maintaining one in your home.

Gas, wood, and coal are all fossil fuel burning fireplaces, which means they can give off carbon monoxide in the home if not vented properly.  Electric on the other hand does not give off any carbon monoxide, though you still need to be careful of the electrical wiring involved and proper voltage is in place to power it.

We purchased a beautiful linear fireplace in Toronto last year for our condo and absolutely love it!  It’s an electric fireplace that matches our modern decor and provides lots of heat and ambiance for our home.

But whatever kind of fireplace you decide to purchase, just be away of some common safety tips first.

If you will be installing it in your existing chimney, be sure your flu vent is working properly and the chimney shoot is cleaned properly before use.

When using fossil fuel burning fireplaces, always be sure that the room is properly vented, even leaving a window slightly open or at least doors to other rooms open.  Not only can carbon monoxide build up in the home if not vented, but the fire could consume the oxygen in the room if it is an enclosed area.  Proper ventilation is important!

For safety, always be sure that combustibles are clear of your fireplace and that you have a proper screen or glass door in place when using it.  Kids can get burned and fire could light nearby paper, etc if you are not careful.

And never leave a fireplace lit unattended, always put it out before going to bed or leaving your home.

Hope these tips helped and did not scare you, having a fireplace in the home is a wonderful thing and can bring the family together on a cold winter’s evening.

Firpelace Safety Tips Infographic