The on-going monthly cost of an Arizona private poolbackyard-pool-and-lake-in-pinelakes

When a client asks what is the on-going operating cost of a private pool, I struggle to offer a precise answer.  The upfront cost to install a private pool can be determined after a 30 minute consultation with one of the many pool builders in the Phoenix area. But what are the daily operating costs that  a homeowner can expect?   For luxury homes, a well appointed private pool can be a standard expectation.  A family with children may look to a private backyard pool as a essential activity for the children during the 100+ degree summer days common to Phoenix.  So what is the day to day cost of this hydrated desert amenity?

Breaking down the daily operating costs of a private pool in Arizona

 

I have always been curious about what portion of my monthly SRP electricity bill is due to the pool pump that recirculates and filters the swimming pool water and runs the water feature.  I’ve read that a pool pump can be the 2nd highest usage of electricity for a typical home with a pool next to the air conditioner.  Instead of asking somebody at the pool store and getting an anecdotal response, I looked for a more analytical answer.

The first step is to calculate the Watts used consumed.  This is done by multiplying the volts x amps. To the left is the label from my pool pump.  For a 230 volt motor, multiply this by 7.8 amps.  The result is 1,794 Watts, or 1.8 KWh.  The next step is to calculate the KWh/day by multiplying this by the hours per day the pump runs.  During the summer, it is recommended the pump run 6  – 8 hours/day, and less during the winter.  For my calculations, I’ll use 8 hours.   1.8 Kwh x 8 hours = 14.4 KWh/day or 432 KWh/month.  The SRP standard summer rate is $0.0806/KWh, so the cost/month is 432 KWh  x $0.0806/KWh = $35/month, or a little more than $1/day. The winter rate is lower  so this calculation is on the high side.Santan house with pool

Pool chemical cost can vary depending on the system used to keep the chemicals in balance.  Newer technology uses salt water systems to assist in chlorinating the pool.   A rough estimate for chlorine, acid and misc. chemicals such as diatomacheous earth for the filter  would be approximately $300/year or $25/month.

Evaporation of pool water

The Phoenix area has over 350,000 private pools. According to the Water Resources Deparment, an uncovered pool loses 4 – 6 feet of water per year.  This coincides with other estimates that a pool loses its entire volume once a year due to evaporation.  If a pool holds 12,000 gallons and the residential water rate is $1.15/1,000 gallons, the yearly cost for water due to evaporation is barely $14 /year.  This much lower than I would have expected and unfortunately such a low cost does not encourage water conservation which could be achieved through the use of a pool cover.

Major pool expenses

An important consideration is the type of lining, the cost and how often it will need to be replaced.  When we installed our pool, we went with a basic plaster pool. After 9 – 10 years it had to be replaced.  The replacement cost to have the pool relined varies depending on the lining; plaster with quartz, or pebble tec.   Pebble tec pool liners are more robust and can out last less expensive linings. A basic lining would be around $5,000 – $6,000 which would equate to $600/year or $50/month over a 10 year functional life expectancy.   And as with any replacement parts, watch out when your pool vacuum needs bearing or other replacement parts, you’re looking at a miniumum of $150.

My estimate of the on-going cost of a Phoenix area pool would be $35 for the pool pump, $25/month for chemicals and $60/month for major expenses, so plan to budget roughly $120/month for the maintenance of your swimming pool.  This estimate is based largely on my own pool which is from the mid 1990’s era and probably on the high side, so please do your own analysis based on the expense types I’ve outlined above.  Your comments are welcome based on your experience!

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 Gilbert and Chandler Waterfront Homes with a private pool

$184,900 :: 727 S HARTFORD Street #219, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,116 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,306 sq ft
Added: 07/26/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5637927
Community: SOUTHRIDGE ESTATES
Tract: SOUTHRIDGE ESTATES
The price of this listing was last increased on 8/2/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


Great opportunity to own this gorgeous 3 bed, 2 bath property for sale located in Chandler. Featuring a grassy front landscaping, assigned parking, vaulted ceilings, and neutral paint throughout. The charming interior offers a lovely kitchen with everything you need, ample cabinetry, pantry, tiled back-splash, and matching appliances. Inside the spacious master bedroom you will find a lavish full bath and a walk-in closet. This perfect sized backyard is comprised of a gravel landscaping, covered patio, storage shed, and paved sitting area great for entertaining. This is the one you have been waiting for. Schedule your showing before its is gone! New AV March of 2017, new roof in 2014 and new windows in 2014

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$299,900 :: 1802 W WINCHESTER Way, Chandler AZ, 85286

4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,039 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647499
Community: SILVERTON RANCH
Tract: SILVERTON RANCH
Status: Active


Beautifully upgraded 2-story home in Chandler's Silverton Ranch community! This home features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and is MOVE-IN READY! Open living areas with upgraded light fixtures! Kitchen showcases tons of beautiful cabinets and granite countertops! French door access to covered patio and HUGE, beautifully landscaped backyard! Upstairs master is complete with full bathroom, dual vanity, soaking tub, step-in shower, and walk-in closet! You DO NOT want to miss this one!*Save money with energy efficient solar panels**Seller recently paid for a 3rd party complete home inspection(attached). Home Inspection is attached including all completed repairs.*One or more employees or affiliates of OfferPad are licensed real estate agents*

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$265,900 :: 3670 E JANELLE Way, Gilbert AZ, 85298

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,665 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647488
Community: SEVILLE
Tract: SEVILLE
Status: Active


Wow! This one is calling out to you! Beautiful 1-story, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Gilbert's Seville community! Nice tile flooring throughout living areas! Bonus room at entry makes great room for kids play area or even home office! Kitchen boasts of brand new stainless steel appliances, nice size kitchen island with breakfast bar, and pantry space! French door exit to covered patio and beautifully landscaped backyard! Master bedroom is complete with nice walk-in closet and full bathroom with dual vanity! You do not want to miss this one - hurry in today!*Seller recently paid for a 3rd party complete home inspection(attached). Home Inspection is attached including all completed repairs.

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$523,000 :: 1784 E PARK Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,541 sq ft
Lot Size: 31,363 sq ft
Added: 07/14/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5633563
Community: VAL VISTA MEADOWS
Tract: VAL VISTA MEADOWS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/15/2017 by 0%
Status: Active


Come see one of the most Amazing homes in all of Gilbert!! SELLING BELOW APPRAISED VALUE!!! You pick we pay! Seller has agreed to a $6000 allowance for carpet, paint or whatever you want! This home is situated on one of the biggest lots in the area! ( 3/4 acre) The game room is massive!!! Soaring ceilings, formal living-dining room, fireplace, a large loft are just the beginning of what this home has to offer. The gorgeous kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, tile backsplash, NEW Quartz countertops, pantry, and a island with breakfast bar. Inside the downstairs master bedroom you will find a lavish bath, double sink, separate tub & shower. The EXPANSIVE backyard features an extended covered patio, huge grassy area, paved seating area, a refreshing sparkling! pool!!!

Listed with RE/MAX Solutions


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$334,900 :: 4301 E SAN REMO Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,521 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647505
Community: TOWNE MEADOWS
Tract: TOWNE MEADOWS
Status: Active


Welcome home! Stunning 2-story home located in Gilbert's Towne Meadows community featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a den! Kitchen features new stainless steel appliances, tons of cabinet space and beautiful countertops. Cozy living room with brick fireplace and exit to beautiful backyard with private pool! Den downstairs makes perfect game room or home office space! Upstairs master bedroom complete with full bathroom, large soaking tub, and walk-in closet! This gorgeous home is a must see - hurry in before it's gone!*Seller recently paid for a 3rd party complete home inspection(attached). Home Inspection is attached including all completed repairs.*One or more employees or affiliates of OfferPad are licensed real estate agents*

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$1,200,000 :: 3039 E BELLFLOWER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

5 beds, 6 baths
Home size: 5,359 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,037 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647459
Community: ACACIA REPLAT
Tract: ACACIA REPLAT
Status: Active


Enjoy the breath taking San Tan Mountain views in the pool at the swim up bar or by the fire pit. This beautiful basement home is highly upgraded beyond the MODEL recently sold in this gated community. Open floor plan with over $400,000 in upgrades including gourmet kitchen with GE monogram appliances, travertine and beautiful hard wood flooring, knotty alder cabinets and plantation shutters throughout. Fruit trees and a fabulous herb garden located on the west side of the home make lovely ingredients for cooking in this beautiful gourmet kitchen. Located near the Seville Golf Community.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$275,000 :: 1161 N CHOLLA Street, Chandler AZ, 85224

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,765 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,920 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647463
Community: Pennington Place
Tract: Pennington Place
Status: Active


This community and home are in the perfect location. Updated 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home in Chandler. Located in a gated community subdivision of Pennington Place. Quiet and peaceful neighborhood. Custom painting and accents. Brand new carpeting throughout and wood flooring just refinished. Huge kitchen center island. Well appointed upgraded cabinets. Extra storage throughout. Enjoy the Community Pool and stroll through the shaded greenbelts. HOA maintains the front yard. Close to Elementary School around the corner. Large City Park in front of the property. Beauty, security and convenience. Great value

Listed with Paramount Management & Realty, LLC


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$842,000 :: 4461 S PECAN Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,323 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 06/15/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5620065
Community: WATERMARK AT OCOTILLO
Tract: WATERMARK AT OCOTILLO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/4/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Waterlot in Watermark*Gated Community*Former Camelot model* waterfront home w/ pool in Chandler features 4323sf home w/5 bedrooms* 4.5 baths, loft & bonus room w/exquisite custom finishes* travertine, wood floors, alder wood doors & cabinetry to the beamed ceilings & custom built-in cabinetry thru out* Gourmet kitchen w/ granite counters, custom tile backsplash, porcelain farm sink, SS Kitchen Aid appliances & R/O* Butlers pantry w/wine fridge*Breakfast bar & breakfast room w/ built-in workstation & slider to large private courtyard w/ fountain & custom landscaping*paver drive*Entertaining Family room w/ Gas Fireplace overlooks lake & backyard resort w/ Pebbletec pool* water feature & surrounded by lush greenery for privacy and an outdoor kitchen & boat dock*First floor guest

Listed with Orange Sky Boutique RE


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$429,000 :: 1512 E Galveston Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,284 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 07/31/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5640373
Community: Ashland Ranch
Tract: Ashland Ranch
The price of this listing was last increased on 8/10/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Location, Location!, Location! Exceptional Ashland Ranch property in the heart of Gilbert! Right down the street from San Tan Mall! All the shopping, entertainment and restaurants that you can imagine! Easy access to the 202 Freeway with an Elementary school in the middle of the subdivision! Home has an open floor plan, soaring vaulted ceilings and a beautiful gas fireplace. The 1st floor offers a large bonus room/ 5th BR... Great for the in laws or visiting guest! Plenty of storage and large walk-in closets too! Kitchen features a large custom island with Newer stainless steel appliances. A Large loft completes this home. This home has NO Neighbors behind and offers a gorgeous landscaped, front and back lawn, private pool, RV gate all on a huge 11,400 soft lot! Come see for your self

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$309,900 :: 3440 E WILDHORSE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,019 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647474
Community: SAN TAN RANCH
Tract: SAN TAN RANCH
Status: Active


Welcome home! Beautiful 2-story home on HUGE lot in Gilbert's desirable San Tan Ranch community! This home is MOVE-IN READY with brand new plush, custom carpeting and fresh new two-toned paint throughout! Kitchen showcases lots of cabinet and countertop space with brand new stainless steel appliances. Living area is bright and open with sliding glass door exit to beautifully landscaped backyard and pool for your own private backyard oasis! Upstairs master bedroom is complete with nice size walk-in closet and full on-suite bathroom with dual vanity and features access to balcony overlooking backyard! You're not going to want to miss this one - make it yours today!*One or more employees or affiliates of OfferPad are licensed real estate agents*

Listed with OfferPad


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


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