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What are all the running costs of a swimming pool?

Asked by Trulia Tampa, Tampa, FL Thu Nov 29, 2012

For new home owners who aren't familiar with homes with a pool, how much will the upkeep cost?

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Great answer Alma. The only thing I would add is to consider adding an automated pool sweep device. This does add a few dollars a month to the cost of operating but a good one (they cost $100 to $300 depending on features) will dramatically cut the time you or your maintenance person spend skimming and brushing down the pool walls.

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.
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In Tampa you can hire someone to come weekly to test the chemicals and then add the appropriate amount of chlorine, acid, baking soda, etc. for a cost of $50 per month. You won't get the brushing of the pool for that price. If you want "full service" plan on about $125 per month.

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.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 30, 2012
Electricity, Maintenance on the pump, Chlorine, or salt depending on what kind of pool you have. An extra $50-$300 dollars a month depending on how much the filter is run and size of pool.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 30, 2012
It is true that the cost varies. Since a lot of people don't want to take the time to do it themselves, there are options to hire someone. Though my dad made sure we knew how to do it so we could learn to be responsible.
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The costs of owning and operating a swimming pool will vary depending on several factors:

Ambient temperature
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.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 30, 2012
Trulia Tampa, you have received some awesome answers to your question. Which are pretty accurate guidelines.

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.

Best regards,

Lynn Brock
Brock Realty Inc.

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