Adding a pool to your backyard can bring you hours of enjoyment, relaxation, and fun in the sun. From a private late-night dip to an exciting pool party for your friends and neighbors, a swimming pool is a great investment, not just for the overall pleasure it brings, but also to improve the value of your home.
However, installing a swimming pool doesn’t only involve the expense of putting it in. Factoring in the costs of maintaining the pool is a critical part of deciding whether or not it’s an upgrade that you can afford.
There are two types of pool care cost, and we’re exploring both, to help you make an informed decision.
Cleaning and maintenance costs of a pool
The cleaning and maintenance costs will average about $120 to $150 per month, depending on the size of the pool and the amount of debris that gets in it.
Some people may want to DIY their pool cleaning and maintenance, to keep costs down. For example, you can generally remove debris using a net, or by cleaning out the filters in the pool on a regular basis.
However, sometimes it’s better to hire pool cleaners, people who can maintain the proper chemistry in your pool, as well as take care of the more nitty-gritty tasks, such as do the brushing and cleaning of the walls and floors of the pool, plus maintaining the cleanliness of the pool deck and remove wastes from the water.
If you live in an area where pools aren’t a common addition to houses, pool maintenance fees may be higher, but in places where pools are common, you can generally shop around for better deals. In general, anticipate paying between $1,440 and $1,800 per year for pool cleaning.
Operating costs for a pool
In addition to keeping the pool and pool water clean, there are also the costs for maintaining the machinery of the pool, including the pump, heater, and filtration system.
If the machinery is new, then it can run more efficiently by keeping it running well with regular preventative maintenance and cleaning as well as inspections to find little problems before they grow to be large ones.
New machinery may cost around $1200 per year to maintain, while older machinery can cost more than double to keep up. In general, you’re looking at around $3,500 to $4,000 per month for pool maintenance if you have old equipment.
Factoring in homeowners insurance
Another aspect of pool ownership that many people forget about is the increased costs for homeowners insurance. Different municipalities have different regulations about how much coverage you need for homeowners insurance, and your individual policy can vary.
The good news is, a pool doesn’t add huge costs to your insurance. Many people see their homeowners insurance with a pool go up around $10 to $15 per month.
Remember you may be required to secure the pool with a fence to keep children or others from getting in without your permission or supervision, which can add to the costs of owning a pool.