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Did you know, Australia has the world's highest rate of pool ownership per capita? There are a staggering 1.2 million swimming pools across our fair land! And with Aussie summers getting warmer, that number is only set to rise.If you're still on the fence when it comes to deciding whether to invest in a pool for your backyard, have a read of this light-hearted list of 100 reasons to own a pool.

Just a do-up? If you've already got a pool, but feel it could do with a bit of a spruce-up, there are plenty of things you can do to enhance the look of your pool area without having to start all over again. Landscaping and even potted plants can make a pool look lush and tropical. Lighting makes a huge difference too, and is well worth the investment. Get inspired here. Save or splurge? Installing a pool will cost around $30,000 on average, but costs do vary enormously depending on your plans. Above-ground pools tend to be less expensive. The cost of a below-ground pool varies according to material (concrete or fibreglass), the level of excavation required, and how far you want to go with all the finishing touches like landscaping, paving, decking, lighting, and the compulsory fencing. The other cost to consider is maintenance – you're looking at around $2,000 a year for standard maintenance; more if the pool is heated.