If you are searching for a home and find one that has a pool, you need to ask yourself two questions. First, do I want a pool? Second, and more importantly, what are the costs associated with maintaining a pool? Backyard swimming pools can be great fun in the summer time to stay cool and to entertain around. However, pools are not for everyone and can be costly to maintain. Both regular buyers and investors need to consider the costs of maintaining a pool before buying a home with a pool.
If you are a regular buyer you have two options when it comes to pool maintenance. You can either maintain the pool yourself or you can hire a pool cleaning company. If you are an investor and intend to rent the home to tenants your only safe option is to hire a pool cleaning company.
Based on a quick survey of Q & A forums, maintenance cost vary greatly depending on if you do it yourself or hire a professional pool cleaner; where you live; the size of the pool and type of water.
To clean and maintain the pool yourself it will cost you time and money. Expect to spend 20 to 30 minutes per week for pool maintenance. Pool chemicals such as chlorine and muriatic acid, used to keep the water clean and in balance will cost $20 to $30 per month. Additionally an automatic pool cleaner that sweeps and vacuums the pool is a good idea to have; These can cost from $100 to $1000 and may need periodic maintenance throughout the year.
On the other hand, you can hire a professional pool cleaning service to maintaining the pool. A professional pool cleaner will save you time and the hassle of dealing with the chemicals, but at a cost. Pool cleaning services may offer different levels of maintenance, depending on the company. For full service cleaning expect to pay between $100 and $150 per month. A chemical only service may cost between $45 and $60 per month.
Electricity use and filter maintenance are other costs to consider. You can expect to pay $90 to $120 per month in electricity to run the pump and heater. Additionally, The pool pump filter should be cleaned every six months which, can cost between $50 and $100 for an average filter.
Before buying a home with a pool, I recommend visiting your local pool supply store or contacting a local professional pool cleaning company to get an estimate.
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