What is a rough estimate for putting in a pool in the back yard and yearly upkeep costs? Medium sized home pool

Asked by Marvin Oman, Chanhassen, MN Mon Feb 21, 2011

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Spirit Messi…, Agent, Tucson, AZ
Tue Feb 22, 2011
For the costs, we had 3 estimates from company's here in Tucson, apples to apples $25K for an ingroud "average" size pool that included pebble tech, all the pool equptment, cool decking, digging, hauling away earth, permits, electrical, and included the pool fence. Some will argue it "adds" worth the property but that is arguable how much and well, dont let that be your main reason for adding a pool. They are more liability and have put up signs as well, and an increase in your home owners insurance is part of the maintaince costs as well.
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Good points I had not thought about. Thanks..
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Mon Feb 21, 2011
Adding a pool is more difficult in some places than others. Hills, trees, roots, etc all play into the price to install one. Where I live is all sand so adding a pool is pretty simple, if it fits it's easy to drop in a fiberglass shell. I once had a liner type pool that was 18x24 and 20k gal - as I recall. Once filled ($500) it was easy to top off with the house water supply. Chemicals ran me about $300 / year and it took a lot of brushing and vacuuming to keep it nice and clean. Here a pool can cost $30k to put in the backyard. Then the law requires a fence - $3000 and inspections. Speak to a couple pool companies in your area, they will be happy to break it all down for you.
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Doug McVinua, Agent, Gilbert, AZ
Mon Feb 21, 2011

The pool estimates I have been exposed to would put the installation cost in the $15,000 to $25,000 range for decent pools.

Upkeep costs should run in the $125-$150 per month. It costs $75 - $100 monthly for a maintenance company to stop weekly, check the chemicals and keep everything tuned up. In addition you have water, electric and some occasional replacement costs like filters etc.

Pools have value in Arizona at time of resale, the average for years has been about 50 cents of installation cost. However recently I have seen some with pools going for $25,000 or higher than the same home without a pool. My experience would be to carefully consider the value of the homes.

Would always be glad to answer other questions you might have.

Doug McVinua

Arizona Homes for Sale by a Guy from Iowa
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Chavez1104, Home Buyer, Buckeye, AZ
Sat Mar 11, 2017
Marvin...I'm with you. So frustrating and difficult to get an answer from anyone (other than, "call the pool builders"). It'd be nice to just get an idea of cost of an AVERAGE POOL with no fancy stuff. Even the pool websites don't list this info. Seems sketchy. Would be great if there was a place on their webpages that show pictures of a pool style and what it cost the homeowner (with us understanding it could vary based on a few variables--consumers aren't idiots, we know this). Anyway, I'm no help, other than to support your frustration. Not sure why this pool thing seems to be like top secret. ($20-$60K...really?) Just want an average, basic, rectangle pool with water that looks blue. Simple.
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Tue Dec 30, 2014
There are a lot of factors that can change things greatly when it comes to the cost of owning a pool. I would suggest talking to some pool companies in your area. They will know all of the regulations you need to follow as well as how much upkeep will be required and what kind of cost you could expect from that. You will also want to make sure you figure out if there are any permits required to add a pool. You wouldn't want to get in trouble for it.
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Jim Ghigo, Agent, Peoria, AZ
Mon Feb 21, 2011
Go to the source. ask pool companies, not realtors.
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That is not helpful. As you can see, the answer is often "It depends". Yes like a house can be from $50,000 to millions of dollars. That range does not let me know how to budget. Thank you to the other agents who atleast gave a range.
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Joycejones144, Home Buyer, Casa Grande, AZ
Mon May 29, 2017
I don't know .This'll be my first time. I'm interested in a small Play Pool.
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Lynda Rocha, Renter, Maricopa, AZ
Sun Mar 26, 2017
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garypuntman, , Los Angeles, CA
Mon Nov 17, 2014
I would love to get a pool in my backyard. I don't know how much this will cost me though. I want to save up for it and see if I can get one next summer. http://www.landper.com
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Spirit Messi…, Agent, Tucson, AZ
Tue Feb 22, 2011
There are a lot of variables, but we had a pool installed 1 1/2 years ago, from start to finish it took 1 month and they didn’t run into anything unknown, like super hard ground. Maintenance is more than people realize and if you pay someone to do chemicals looking at about $50-$100 a year. Try Google Pool Ownership as I have read some good articles that argue if you finance the pool, the costs are more than people realize.

All that being said, it is nice to have a pool when the summer temps start to heat up. Good luck with it.
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Bea Lueck…, Agent, Casa Grande, AZ
Mon Feb 21, 2011
Hi Marvin -
There are so many variables - size of the pool, play pool vs diving, fresh water vs salt water, plaster vs pebbletec. A very basic play pool can be done for about $15K on up to a very elaborate with grotto, slide, swim up bar backyard paradise for about $100K.
The best advise is to check with several pool builders. They need business and prices are much better than at the height of the market.
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