Bought a house with a pool last summer and have done everything myself except closing it in the Fall and that's cause I waited to long and it got closed a day before the first freeze. I'm using chlorine and haven't had any issues so far. I grew up with a chlorine pool as well. Not sure I've ever been in a salt water pool, but I feel like if it were cheaper and easier all pools would be salt water pools. As is, I pay about $80 in chemicals twice a year and am still using the original tub of chlorine pucks I got at Sam's last year for about $80.