What are the on-going costs of a pool in Phoenix?

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

$348,000 :: 1341 N MALIBU Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,083 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 10/24/18, Last Updated: 11/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5837817
Community: LANDING 2 AT VAL VISTA LAKES L
Tract: LANDING 2 AT VAL VISTA LAKES L
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/18/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


Stunning and upgraded VAL VISTA LAKES Home, located in a prime location!!! Close to Schools, easy access to the US-60 and all of the shops and restaurants in Dana Park! This home opens to vaulted ceilings and neutral color palette. Living room has a cozy fireplace that flows to the tasteful kitchen. Rich wood cabinetry, granite countertops, double ovens, and stylish backsplash complete this kitchen. Upstairs there is a den/great room that could be used as a home office or game room. Master ensuite is comprised with double sinks granite vanity, spacious tile walk in shower, and a generous sized walk in closet. The outdoor space is complete with a covered patio, green grass and mature trees for minimal maintenance. Beach pool, olympic pool, gym and more at the beautiful clubhouse!!!

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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


$263,900 :: 708 E GARY Drive, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,528 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 09/12/18, Last Updated: 11/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5818928
Community: PROVINCES 1 PHASES 1A 2A
Tract: PROVINCES 1 PHASES 1A 2A
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/23/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Reduced price making this one of the best buys. Currently the lowest price single level 1500+ square feet and tile roof from south of Guadalupe, east of I-10, North of Chandler Heights, and west of Power Road. Wonderful ''Provinces'' subdivision by Pulte Homes. Great room plan with attractive curb appeal. New exterior paint and interior updated with new flooring throughout, two tone paint, window coverings, plumbing and light fixtures, door hardware, and new stainless steel appliances. Master suite has separate tub and shower, double vanities, and walk-in closet. Large back yard withNorth/South exposure.2-10 Home Buyer Warranty in place. Easy to show and a pleasure to show.

Listed with Realty Executives


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


$319,900 :: 1243 E MINERAL Road, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,230 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 11/18/18, Last Updated: 11/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5848661
Community: STONECREEK TWO LOT 232-382 TR
Tract: STONECREEK TWO LOT 232-382 TR
Status: Active


Check out this beautiful 4 bed, 3 bath home located in the heart of Gilbert. Bask in the abundant amount of natural lighting this home provides! The vaulted ceilings really enhance the living space and open up the floor plan throughout. The kitchen has durable granite countertops and beautiful wood cabinets. In the living room, there is a fireplace that you can relax by on the cool Arizona evenings. The backyard will be a retreat for you! Enjoy your sparkling pool and spa which will come in handy in the summer! Put the built-in grill to use and enjoy dinner under the covered patio while watching the kids play in the grass area! Schedule your showing today!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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


$569,900 :: 4380 E FICUS Way, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,551 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 10/02/18, Last Updated: 11/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5828064
Community: TRILOGY UNIT 7 PHASE C
Tract: TRILOGY UNIT 7 PHASE C
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/18/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


This home looks like a model! This gorgeous Cimarron model on the Tee-Box 6 has all the bells and whistles! The grand double island kitchen features extensive granite, abundant maple cabinetry and beautiful stone backsplash.Pendant, recessed and under cabinet lighting, stainless appliances including double ovens! Brand New designer carpet in all the bedrooms, gorgeous tile flooring, side courtyard for entertaining and the huge back yard sitting on the beautiful golf course! Views and more views! Master suite has an adjoining bonus room, dual walk in closets and upgraded bathroom with double vanities, tiled shower surrounds and frameless door. Split floorpan features an ensuite at the front of the house plus another room that can be used as an of

Listed with American Realty Brokers


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


$575,000 :: 58 E PHELPS Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 3,711 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 11/18/18, Last Updated: 11/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5848636
Community: ALLEN RANCH PARCELS 1 2 3 &amp
Tract: ALLEN RANCH PARCELS 1 2 3 &amp
Status: Active


This is a hard-to-find BASEMENT home in a prime Gilbert zip code. The home has lots of space with 4 bedrooms plus a den that could easily be converted to a fifth bedroom, 4 full baths, formal living and dining, and a big basement bonus room. It has new carpet, new exterior paint, newer water heater, security doors, and vaulted ceilings. The backyard features an inviting salt water Pebbletec pool. Located in popular Allen Ranch and in the top-notch Gilbert school district, you can't beat this location with easy freeway access and nearby shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and employment. PLEASE NOTE: County tax records are incorrect and do not reflect any of the basement square footage. The home was a formal model and square footage with the basement was provided by the builder.

Listed with Haven Realty


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


$264,000 :: 65 E PALOMINO Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,102 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,049 sq ft
Added: 09/19/18, Last Updated: 11/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5822183
Community: VILLAGE AT GILBERT & WARNE
Tract: VILLAGE AT GILBERT & WARNE
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/18/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Location and Value in this former model home which has had a fresh makeover and is move in ready. Hard to imagine a much better spot, 1 MILE to Old Town Gilbert and all it has to offer. This home has fresh carpet, fresh interior two-tone paint and is ready to go. The Kitchen boasts Staggered cabinets, stainless steel appliances, wood look tile flooring, Solid Surface counter tops, island, pantry and more. 2nd floor has all the bedrooms along with 2 bathrooms, lives like a 2 story. The 3rd level is a large open space, ready to become whatever you need it for, an office, a play room, you name it. Outside is low maintenance with artificial grass in the side yard, a nice front porch. Home fronts to a large common area and is near the pool but still quiet. ONLY ONE NEIGHBOR! Check it out today

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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


$499,000 :: 3311 E MYRTABEL Way, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,472 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 11/14/18, Last Updated: 11/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5846637
Community: MARBELLA VINEYARDS
Tract: MARBELLA VINEYARDS
Status: Active


This luxurious home, previous builder's model, is 3 bed/2 bath plus den/flex room and extended garage, is loaded with hi-end finishes throughout. Great room floor plan with a gourmet kitchen includes, upgraded staggered cabinets, granite, a 5-burner gas cooktop and large breakfast island. The wall of custom wood cabinets provides additional storage and encloses an awesome oversized electric fireplace. 3 panel patio doors collapse extending your living space to a professionally landscaped yard with pavers, artificial grass, a gas fireplace and mature trees and plants. The local community features a 7-acre park, with many outdoor amenities, less than 1 mile away from a new 272 acre Regional Park, currently under construction, that will include a variety of outdoor activities for all ages.

Listed with Keller Williams Northeast Realty


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


$364,000 :: 3904 E SOURWOOD Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,800 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 10/23/18, Last Updated: 11/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5837388
Community: BRIDGES EAST PARCEL 3-3
Tract: BRIDGES EAST PARCEL 3-3
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/18/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


This beautiful and lightly lived in 4 bedroom 2 bath home is situated on a corner lot and boarders a private green belt. This home offers stunning granite counter tops, off white cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. Wind down from a busy day in your spacious master suite and master bath. Completely upgraded with fully tiled shower and dual sinks makes this the perfect en suite. Open, spacious, and energy efficiency is everything that this home offers. Step out back to your oasis and enjoy the secluded in ground pool, amazing back yard and covered patio which is great for entertaining. This beautiful community is across the street from Gilbert's future 300 acre park with lake, aquatic center, shopping, restaurants and much more. This home will not last long. Schedule a showing today!!!

Listed with Arizona Experience Realty, LLC


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


$350,000 :: 725 W Hackamore Street, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,018 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 11/18/18, Last Updated: 11/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5848605
Community: Candlewood
Tract: Candlewood
Status: Active


This beautiful home is a MUST see! Perfect location near downtown Gilbert, with great access to shopping, dining, and freeways. This Gilbert home has been completely updated! New wood-look tile throughout all of the main traffic areas, new carpet everywhere else. New kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, and appliances! All bathrooms have been updated with new tile, vanities, shower tile, and fixtures! Gorgeous new baseboards throughout, along with warm gray tones provide a comfortable home. Step outside to the covered patio, and enjoy the lush, green grass and fully landscaped backyard escape. This gem will not last, come see it today!

Listed with HomeSmart


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


$324,900 :: 607 W TARA Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,186 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 11/01/18, Last Updated: 11/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5841003
Community: TEMPLETON PLACE
Tract: TEMPLETON PLACE
Status: Active


Location. Location. Location! You're within minutes to everything Gilbert has to offer - PLUS - no HOA! Great location on a cul-de-sac in a small neighborhood. This move-in ready 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is ready & waiting for you. Triple (3) car garage. RV gate. Fabulous patio area, lovely pool and grassy area. You'll love the updated kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances. Kitchen, informal dining and family room all flow together. Vaulted ceilings in spacious living and dining room. Main floor laundry room. Convenient half bath on main floor. Open stairway to the second level. French doors lead to the Master Suite. Walk in closet, double vanity and tub/shower. Three spacious bedrooms with abundant closet space. Full guest bath. This is the one!

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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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