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Old 06-16-2010, 07:07 PM
 
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So we're looking for a house in Phoenix with a POOL.
I've been reading some other threads on here about the cost of building one and it sounds like it can range from $20,000 to $50,000 depending on complexity and upgrades.

Some of the houses we've been looking at have pools which have been neglected for a long time. Foreclosures, short sales, etc...

My question is this: How much would it cost to make a neglected pool look normal again? How damaged can they be? Some of these pools have very dark green water, some have been completely empty for quite some time, and I kid you not -- one of them had fish. And it looked like they were doing quite well too.

Looking forward for your input...
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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Green water is easy...cost of bleach and the effort to clean filters, brush the side, etc. is all that is needed. Though, if it were me and I was buying a house with a pool i would drain it and refill just so I knew what I had in the pool.

An empty pool I would have looked at just to make sure it has not cracked or raised since being emptied. Letting a pool sit empty isn't good for it, especially in hot weather.

I would be more concerned about the equipment possibly needing replaced then I would with the water condition. Water is an easy fix, paying $800 for a new pump is a bit harder to swallow.
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:57 PM
 
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A green pool could also be a sign of non-functioning pool equipment. Also you don't know what the plaster or other surface looks like underneath. Could easily be $5,000 or more to repair, because you just don't know. A pool that is drained and has been sitting in the AZ sun will likely need to be re-plastered at a substantial cost, and again, you don't know if the pool equip is working.
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:59 PM
 
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Call a pool company that specializes in repairing pools and ask them what they estimate the cost to refurbish the pool would be.

You might even luck out and get someone to look at a pool in a house that you were considering purchasing. It would be good PR for them and they might get future business from you.

It is probably going to be much cheaper to fix up a pool than to start from scratch with a new one.

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Old 06-16-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. It sounds like replacing broken equipment is not as bad as repairing surface damage in an empty pool.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:56 AM
 
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Strangely enough, it would be better to go with a full, green pool than an empty pool. As others have said, leaving a pool empty in the hot sun will do more damage. You can drain the pool, scrub it with bleach, then refill -- probably for less than trying to add enough bleach (6%) or pool chlorine (10%) to clear up the water.

Not all general home inspectors know how to properly inspect a pool, so you might need to have a professional inspect it as well. Also, if the filter equipment is more than 10 years old, you should seriously consider replacing it.
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
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In response to your question, I did buy a house with a green pool and it did indeed have fish living in the water! We had the pool drained and cleaned and started with a fresh fill of water. We had to buy new pop-ups in the pool, cost about $65 each times 15 or so plus we had to buy new filter cartridges and also had to replace the salt/chlorine gizmo and a couple of new lids for the filter access. When we were all done it is a beautiful pebble-tec salt water pool...cost about $4000. Knowing what I know today I probably could have done it for less. We really do enjoy the pool and are glad we did get it.
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:43 AM
 
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When we were all done it is a beautiful pebble-tec salt water pool...cost about $4000. Knowing what I know today I probably could have done it for less. We really do enjoy the pool and are glad we did get it.
Sounds about right. If the pool is empty, then it will probably need to be re-plastered which would probably double that price. If the filter/pump/heater equipment need to be replaced, that might be another few thousand more.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:46 AM
 
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Ive seen fish put in some of the pools of abandoned housed by the local municipalities. The fish eat some of the insects that would otherwise cause a health issue.
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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if the equipment is in decent shape and the pool just needs to be replastered- i'm guessing at least 3-4K(starting price) to replaster.

To build a new pool, you might be able to get a playpool on off season (winter) for 10K.

I would much rather have a diving pool then a playpool anyday.
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