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Old 01-04-2015, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Shady Drifter
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We will be looking for a new house in the coming year. A lot of the houses we are looking at come with a pool in the backyard. I would prefer not to have one, but if the house is otherwise perfect, then it's something to factor in. I've never had a house with a pool before. Can someone tell me what the average monthly cost of a pool is, in terms of maintenance and electric costs and other ancillary expenses? Should I budget an additional $200 a month? $300?
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:38 PM
 
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$100-200/mo for maintenance if you don't do if yourself (chemicals + labor, more in the summer months and less in the winter).
Probably adds $100ish to either electic or water bills monthly.
Budget a few hundred dollars each year for routine repairs & parts. Cheaper if you do it yourself, more if you pay for labor.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Not to mention the maintenance if something happens. We moved in a few months ago, and have had several problems. The first the result of the landscaping company cutting wires (luckily they covered the exorbitant cost). Then we had the pump blow out. The home warranty covered that, turned out to be a leak in the pool. It took two months a lot of visits from the pool people, and a hell of a lot of patience. This of course is out of the norm (I hope).

That said, when we looked at houses (thinking resale) anything with a pool was snapped up much quicker. The ones without sat a bit longer.

Happy House hunting!
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:53 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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If you plan on staying in the house for the long haul and the pool has been in the ground for 20+ years, you should also start putting money aside for the day when you have to decide whether to tear the pool out or shell out for five figures in repair work.

In the last couple of years I know two families who have had their pools completely torn out and the hole filled in rather than drop $10-$15k in repairs. Both pools were about 35 years old.
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:05 AM
 
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My pool guy charges $160mo including chemicals to maintain my pool 1x per week. He charges $180-$200 for a dive pool.

With newer equipment (variable speed pumps) power will AVERAGE ~$40 for a well managed smaller pool to maybe ~$80 for dive pool in the summer months.

An old single speed pump might require 25/30% more well managed. A very big single speed pump running most all the time might use $150/175mo. of power but anyone doing that outside the hot months is being silly.

People overrate water evap. usage. I have a meter on my pool's inbound automatic water line. The system added ~14,300 gallons in all of 2014 (75% in May, June, July, August and September) to a 21,000 gallon pool.

If you find a home you like and a pool with old equipment consider trashing the old pump and going with a variable speed pump. They are magic.
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Shady Drifter
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This would be in Flower Mound, and none of the houses would likely be built before 1995 at the latest. I'd rather find a place with community pool, but it seems like a lot of the houses in our price range ($300K to $400K) come with a pool. I would strongly prefer not to have one, especially with those type of maintenance costs.

I guess we will have to see. Thanks for the replies, everyone!
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Old 01-05-2015, 10:09 AM
 
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This is Texas, pool is a almost like a necessity in $400K+ homes.
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Old 01-05-2015, 10:50 AM
 
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This is Texas, pool is a almost like a necessity in $400K+ homes.
I would say pool is a necessity for any house with the summers we have here. When we bought our current house, having a pool was a strong preference because we knew it would be too expensive to build one ourselves, but this is a matter of personal preference of course.

I agree that maintenance could be a hassle, but if the pool is in a good shape it is not too bad overall and it makes summer heat much more bearable.

Another advice to the OP: if you get a house with a pool, give a preference to the ones with heated spa - you can use it almost all year and wouldn't feel as bad as if you were maintaining your pool year round and using it just for the 3 months.
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:23 AM
 
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I like a pool, I would just prefer someone else be responsible for it. We live in Lantana now, which has community pools as part of the HOA dues. That would be my preference, but that seems more rare in Flower Mound proper as you get further south on FM 2499.
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:49 PM
 
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We pay $135.00 a month (he comes weekly) plus repairs (which are frequent). We do have a heater for our pool and use it 8-9 months a year depending on the weather.
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