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Old 09-05-2010, 11:12 AM
 
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I'm talking basic, nothing fancy. As we are looking to buy, I see that there are some homes I like without pools, but don't want to live there and not have something to cool off in in the summer. If anyone just sort of has a ballpark figure I'd appreciate it.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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right now, you can talk to someone who manages or skilled in pool works in AZ. They do great job and planning a pool is a great thing for appreciating your home. Dont worry about recession it will burn out and soon AZ will gte back on its tracks. Try Shasta Pools they offer great deals too.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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$20-40K. You can spend more too. If you are sure you want a pool I would really, really try to find a house that has one. Pools do not return their cost on resale so a home with a pool with be at a substantial discount to adding one later. Also, it takes months and they make a mess of your yard and then you have a considerable landscape expense as well. Most of the low end foreclosures here are starter homes that did not come with pools and probably aren't worth adding one to over the long haul. Another alternative is to buy in a master planned community that has a pool and use that. Probably the cheapest way to get wet.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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I'm talking basic, nothing fancy. As we are looking to buy, I see that there are some homes I like without pools, but don't want to live there and not have something to cool off in in the summer. If anyone just sort of has a ballpark figure I'd appreciate it.
I am in the same situation as you - looking to buy and see some homes don't have pools. We decided to look it up online and for a basic pool the cost is about $16,000. Like you, we just want something that the kids can splash around in and we can stay cool.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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If you have kids, and you get a pool, don't forget the pool fence. Every summer we have kiddies who drown in their backyard pools, just cause you can't be with them every second of the day. Just a thought.
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Old 09-05-2010, 01:06 PM
 
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You can't really "forget" a pool fence, because they're required by law, along with a myriad of other safety features. To build a pool, the contractor must pull a permit, and the pool has to be signed off by city inspectors when it is completed.
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Old 09-05-2010, 01:08 PM
 
Location: City of Central
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Pools : A hole in the ground where you throw money .
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Old 09-05-2010, 01:16 PM
 
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If you have kids, and you get a pool, don't forget the pool fence. Every summer we have kiddies who drown in their backyard pools, just cause you can't be with them every second of the day. Just a thought.
I am so worried about this! I have a four year old and a 1 1/2 year old. So scary!

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You can't really "forget" a pool fence, because they're required by law, along with a myriad of other safety features. To build a pool, the contractor must pull a permit, and the pool has to be signed off by city inspectors when it is completed.
It's a law? Well, i think it's a good law with all the drownings I hear about in AZ. How do people get away with not having a fence though? So many houses I look at don't have fences.


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Pools : A hole in the ground where you throw money .
LOL! Probably very true!
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Old 09-05-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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If you want a pool, keep looking until you find a house that already has one. The house we bought had a pool which cost the original owner around $40,000.

When the house was appraised so we could get a mortgage, the appraiser only added $7500 for the pool. This figure blew us away and we were glad we didn't buy a house without one because we would never have gotten back the money spent on a new pool.

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Old 09-05-2010, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Gilbert Arizona
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I would try really hard to buy a home w/ finished pool/ yard in this market. It seems that people who have invested in such uber-yards are unable to see their return, which is bad for them but an excellent opportunity for you to have a family fun zone. We want a pool , spa and landscaping as well when we buy.

Unless I am wrong, you will have a better investment to buy a home w/ great pool+ yard and then remodel things like kitchen+baths, flooring etc to make your home ideal than to buy the perfect looking upgrade home w/ model kitchen and then try to add your pool, grill, ramada etc. I believe that upgrade kitchens add more value than pools even in this market and I imagine its much less headache to redo cabinetry, floors than all the mess of a pool. So in the end you will have a totally upgraded home and see more return, if any of us are to see a return again.

Also, I have heard that there can be surprises underground that limit the size/placement of pool, cost to dig(rocks) and with an interior (facelift style, not resiting water etc)remodel you just pick your products, schedule install and worst case wait for them to come in.
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