If you are one of the millions of people who enjoy swimming when the weather gets hot, you might be the perfect candidate to build a pool in your backyard this summer. Just imagine all the fun you could have with your very own pool—no need to buy a membership, pay for daily admission fees to a local rec center or water park, and pack all your stuff (and your kids) to the pool for the day. Instead you could have all the fun at your disposal any time with a home swimming pool. Here are five reasons you should build one this summer.

1: Spend More Time Together

Just about everybody loves swimming in the pool, and by having one in your backyard you will likely see an increase in the amount of time your family members want to spend at home. Even teenagers—who are notoriously “too cool” to hang out with their families—will likely start to spend more time around the house so they can take advantage of the pool. Whether you’re teaching the kids how to swim, playing water sports, or just barbecuing as a family in the summer, the pool is a great way to spend more time together.

2: Relaxation

There are few things more therapeutic than a quick dip in the pool, and you can create a beautiful and relaxing “outdoor resort” at home with a pool. Consider adding amenities like a fireplace or BBQ grill (on the pool deck, of course), waterfalls, and a hot tub for an even more relaxing and spa-like atmosphere.

3: Be the Life of the Party

Pools give you the opportunity to entertain people of all ages. You can invite friends, neighbors, and family members over any time of the day (or night!) to enjoy the pool. It’s also a great option for kids birthday parties and holiday get-togethers, offering everyone a way to have some fun and keeping them out of your house on a hot day.

4: Health and Wellness

Pools can also be a great option for exercise and weight loss. Swimming is one of the best low-impact exercises available, and can improve your cardiovascular health without the need to drive to the gym and spend hours on the treadmill. It’s also an activity with low risk of injury, which makes it ideal for someone who is recovering from or suffers from lingering past injuries. Just remember to apply sunscreen if you plan to swim during “peak” sun hours, between 10 am and 4 pm, to avoid sun damage to your skin.

5: Improve Home Values

Owning a pool can boost the value of your home by as much as 15 percent, according to real estate surveys. It’s an especially unique feature for homes in Utah, which tend to have a much lower rate of pool ownership than some warmer climate like Phoenix or Las Vegas. When it’s time to put your home up for sale, a pool could be the factor that helps your home sell quickly.

Swimming in your very own pool is a great way to get exercise and spend time with friends and family on a hot summer day. Right now is the time to start planning for your pool so you can get it installed by summer.