In Arizona you need a pool, are you sure you want to spend between $18 - $25K
when there are plenty of homes with ?
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Even though nearly every construction contractor that is still in business is operating on nearly a cost basis, it is generally going to be cheaper for you to buy a house with a pool than to buy one without and build one yourself.
That said, I agree with most of the comments already given. If you're talking only about pure numbers, cost/benefit, then all that matters is that you pay less. If you're buying a house to live in, and your choices are buy one that you love, with no pool, or buy one you sort of like, with a pool, all on the assumption that you'll pay less for the pool in the second house than you will to build one for the first, then I think you're not going to be happy in the long run.
Lots to consider, as with every home buying decision.
I have been selling real estate for 12 years, I have bought and sold may homes not only for myself but clients as well. Noone but a pool contractor is going to be able to give you a realistic cost to builder a pool. There are many options when builing a pool including but not limited to size, shape, depth, types of filters types of cleaning systems and many many more. I have built several homes from scratch and added pools I have spent as little as 30k on a pool and as much as 80k on a pool...it all depends on what you are looking for in the pool. Good luck
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If the property you have chosen has no pool remember that once you install the pool you will have depreciated it by about 50% so make sure that your stay in the home will provide sufficient time to use the pool for its' use and fun.
Besides consulting a local pool contractor for bids, what does the area comp for with a pool?
If you weigh what the comp's are and what the price of installing a pool would be, you may want to wait for a property with an installed pool.
It's similiar to buying a "new" car or a "used" car. Some areas depreciate the amenity/upgrade. The plus for purchasing a property with a pool is that you don't have to go through the construction period. The positive is that you can design you own pool & backyard.
Research your options before locking into a home.
Pools can vary based on expense.
What is long term goal of owning home ? If ownership less than 5 years never recommend purchasing a home w/o pool due to expense not able recoup your investment then purchase a home with pool.
If ownership is over 5 years purchase home with no pool then contract it yourself.
Much depends if you want salt water, number of gallons, design, and etc.
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It generally costs more to build a pool (or lap pool) than to buy a house with one already (as you've been told)....