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Old 07-15-2014, 12:22 PM
 
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Hi all! This is my first post here, so hope I don't break any rules. I'm a 62 years young single female from the PA/DE/NJ area hoping to retire the end of 2015. My dream retirement would be to own a small house with an in-ground pool right outside my back door. I've only been to FL twice and both times it was on the east coast. Been cruising the RE listings for different parts of FL and was drawn in by the affordable (for me) little homes with in-ground pools in the PG/PC/Rotonda West area. I've always been a homeowner, so that part doesn't scare me. I'm timid about having to maintain an in-ground pool on my own, never having had one. Would like some practical advice/input from men and women alike, but mostly from senior-aged women who are maintaining home and pool themselves if any are reading this. Would I be biting off more than I could chew if I make a move like this? I'm so tired of shoveling snow!! I'm not a golfer or fisher - it's the idea of having my own little pool that is the draw for me. Oh, and if I make a move like this, it would be a full-time deal - no "snowbirding". Hope to hear from someone. I love this forum - so much great info.
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:45 PM
 
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Hi sweetg.

It is not all that difficult to maintain a pool down here. All the pool supply companies will run an analysis of your pool water for you at no charge.

In all probability if you buy an existing home with a pool there will be a pool maintenance company taking care of it. So the water should be pretty much balanced already.

What I would suggest you do is after moving in, watch what the pool people do for a while till you understand the routine. Then you can let them go and save the cost.

I cannot help you with the average cost because I have been doing my own for quite a while. However I am sure somebody else will be happy to advise you on that.

Chlorine Tabs tend to be put on sale during the non peak months down here. Leslie's is today selling 35 lbs of 3" chlorine tabs for $84.99 which should easily last you a year. My point is you save considerably by doing your own maintenance.

I am sure you realize you should try to visit the area a lot to make sure it is the right place for you.

Keeping your pool crystal clear is the easy part.

Good luck with your project.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:05 PM
 
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Thanks for your reply Searchers! As for visiting the area, absolutely I intend to make a few trips to the areas that interest me to make sure this is a right fit for me. I know I sounded like I was jumping the gun asking about pool maintenance, but since that will be a priority for me if and when I buy a home, I wanted to make sure I could handle it myself before wasting time and energy searching for the right home.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Worst case scenario, you can't do it yourself, and it will run in the neighborhood of just under $100/mo for a service. But I'm pretty sure you can handle it if you can use a hose, measuring cup, and aren't afraid of chemicals.

Get friendly with your neighbors and I'm sure the "man of the house" will come over and help with certain things if need be. People here are generally much friendlier than in the NE, so don't be afraid to ask.
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Sout Joisey ~~> SWFL
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"People here are generally much friendlier than in the NE, so don't be afraid to ask" I'll second that.

There is always a neighbor willing to help and a lot of real good advice on this forum.
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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And you can get a vacume that connects to the vacume i let on the pool so it will clean the pool all day everyday automaticly. My last home had a pool and kept chlorine tables in the pump and with the auto vac it was lille work check the ph now and then. It was what i did
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I concur with what everyone else has said. If a pool is your thing then I would go for it. You can use it nearly year round. Like others have said, if you decide you don't want to maintain it at some point then you can just hire a pool person.

Another option would be a community pool.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:55 AM
 
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Thank you all so much for your answers. You really are a very friendly bunch. That alone should make me want to move down there ASAP! Okay, you've all put my "pool" fears aside because from what you all have listed above I know I could handle a pool myself. Now I can go ahead with serious "looking". Thanks again. If I were down there right now I'd buy you all a couple beers!
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:02 AM
 
Location: PGI-finally here!!!!!!!!!!
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Some people on here have salt water pools and love them. When I put one in it will be a salt water pool. FYI it is not that salty at all, and can be set up with automatic equipment, I don't know exactly how but it does seem like less work.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:11 AM
 
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Thanks 1dobiedude. Yes, I've been seeing some mention of salt water pools and was wondering about them.

I have another more general question because I'm not all that familiar with Florida in general. Why does it appear to me that most homes in the southern coastal areas of FL have private pools yet the central areas (i.e. Orlando area) I'm not seeing so many private pools. Is there really that much of a climate change? Just wondering.
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