Many owners find that with a pool sweep installed they are able to maintain the pool themselves fairly easily. Some pools come with automatic cleaning systems - a good feature to look for if you are looking at existing homes.
Since a pool only adds about $10,000 to the appraised value of a home and, as Alma pointed out, the cost of a new pool with screen enclosure starts around $25,000 with basic features, it is definitely better to purchase a home with an existing pool if you are in the market for a pool home.
On top of that you would add on the extra electrical cost for running the pump, say $10 per month.
Then if you have a pool heater and it is electric your costs will go up from there.
If the pool heater is natural gas or propane fueled the cost should be less than an electrical heater.
Many homes have solar panels to warm the pool and it will add a couple extra months of warm water for the pool. No extra cost for solar.
If you have filter system for the pool it will have to be replaced every couple of years so plan on putting aside $5 per month for that. With a DE Filter plan about the same.
Lastly pool pumps only last about two years so plan on putting aside about $20 per month for replacement cost.
Hope this helps.
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
PS Installing a new pool with a screened in cage will cost from $25k on up so it's usually much more economical to buy a home with a pool already installed.
The costs of owning and operating a swimming pool will vary depending on several factors:
Size of pool
type of filtration
Using a "pool boy" or doing it yourself
Cost of electricity in your area
Buying chemicals at a pool supply store or discount supply store
How many hours a day the pool is regularly used
Do you allow the pets in the pool
I hope this helps.
A couple of comments to add,
1.) if you are thinking about buying a home with a pool, and you will not live in the home full time, then consider a reputable pool service. As the weather changes in Florida so does the water level of the pool. Some days you will have to add water and other days you will have to let out water. Having someone stop and check on the pool on a regular basis will provide back up support so that if the water level falls too low that the motors do not run and burn out.
2.) use a local pool store when purchasing filters, chemicals and equipment. You will save money in the end.
Brock Realty Inc.
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