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

$174,900 :: 119 N Ithica Place, Chandler AZ, 85225

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,243 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 09/24/18, Last Updated: 09/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5824496
Community: Pamela Park
Tract: Pamela Park
Status: Active


Incredible deal! You can't find a home like this at this price anywhere else. Nice quite location at the end of a cul-de-sac! Square footage does not include room addition which includes 1 bed/1bath plus bonus room, so home has a total of 4 bedrooms, 2 baths plus a bonus room! Home need some TLC. Serious inquiries only. This can be sold to either owner occupant or to an investor who wants to flip it or rent it. Tenant would like to stay, so it would make a very easy rental. Priced to sell!

Listed with RE/MAX Solutions


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


$375,000 :: 3479 E MERLOT Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,287 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 09/24/18, Last Updated: 09/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5824483
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 22
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 22
Status: Active


Situated on a N/S Lot Featuring Fresh Exterior Paint, Great Room Floor Plan with 4 Bdrms + Loft & Downstairs Den, Custom Blinds, Accent Paint,Eat-In Kitchen w/Breakfast Bar, & Island w/Pendent Lighting, Solid Surface Counters, Maple Kona Cabinets, Stainless Appliances Incl Gas Range & B/I Micro, SoftWater, R/O System, Modern Stair Railing, Inside Laundry w/Add'l Cabinets & Plumbed for Gas Dryer, Master Walks Out to Deck Overlooking the Backyard, Dual Sinks, Separate Tub/Shower, & Walk-In Closet in Master Bath, Covered Patio w/Built-In BBQ, Synthetic Grass, Stuccoed Interior Back Wall, Nicely Landscaped, Sparkling Pebble Tec Pool w/Over-Sized Step & Water Feature + 4 Seats, Sunken Bar Area Next to Pool w/Sin, Gas Firepit. Tankless Water Heater & 2 Car Extended Garage & Owned Solar Panel

Listed with eXp 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/!


$800,000 :: 5630 W Linda Lane, Chandler AZ, 85226

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6 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,919 sq ft
Lot Size: 19,602 sq ft
Added: 06/09/18, Last Updated: 09/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5778426
Community: Wellington Estates
Tract: Wellington Estates
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/24/2018 by 6%
Status: Active


Private Chandler living at its finest - large, premium cul-de-sac lot inside the quiet Wellington community! This basement home is loaded with upgrades - open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, custom niches, multiple fireplaces, plantation shutters, newer AC units & more. The kitchen is open & features ample cabinet & countertop space, island, double wall ovens, cooktop, &large pantry. The main master suite is privately located with gorgeous backyard views, soaking tub, walk-in shower & large walk-in closet. The backyard is amazing with plenty of room for entertaining - grass, full length covered patio, pool & newer built inBBQ. Furniture available for sale.

Listed with Realty Executives


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$449,000 :: 3535 E PARKVIEW Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,840 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 06/15/18, Last Updated: 09/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5780915
Community: Chaparral Estates
Tract: Chaparral Estates
Status: Active


UPDATED: BRAND NEW NEVER USED STAINLESS APPLIANCES,NEW QUARTZ COUNTER TOPS JUST ADDED-House have been detailed, ready for move-in.This spacious,clean-well kept house has the diversity & flexibility.You want a nursery close to the master or the extra space for a sitting room or office, this house has got it. We're talking 4 bedrooms(3 walk in closets & a double closet), playroom/office just off the great room, formal dining room, spacious kitchen, great room & reading room/game room. Tile runs throughout the house; bedrooms have carpet; & wood floor in the game room. Custom Plantation Shutters. Ample storage throughout the house & in the garage. Backyard has great amenities:built-in stainless-steel BBQ, covered patio, garden & shed. SOLAR NOT LEASED-CONVEYS WITH HOUSE-SRP AVG BILLS $100.00

Listed with Mountain & Desert Properties, LLC


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$389,900 :: 1420 N DESOTO Street, Chandler AZ, 85224

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,144 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 03/22/18, Last Updated: 09/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5740695
Community: WOODS AT TIBURON UNIT 1 LOT 1-
Tract: WOODS AT TIBURON UNIT 1 LOT 1-
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/24/2018 by 3%
Status: Active


Location, location, location! Come and see this lovely family home in a great community without an HOA. This home has pride of ownership. Large home with downstairs master bedroom. Kitchen has plenty of light with large windows on each end. Enjoy the circular flow of the downstairs rooms. Both A/C units have been recently replaced. Large ground floor master bedroom suite & large master bath with separate tub and shower. Two large walk-in master closets, formal living room, dining room, family room and downstairs half bath. Huge loft with wet bar and access to outside deck. Awesome Chandler area with easy access to 101, 202 & 60 freeways, Chandler Fashion Mall, shopping, restaurants, grocery stores, schools and parks. ASU a short drive away. Elementary school a short walk away.

Listed with Perfect Choice Real Estate


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$849,900 :: 2796 E CATTLE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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6 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 4,825 sq ft
Lot Size: 40,075 sq ft
Added: 07/22/18, Last Updated: 09/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5796883
Community: BAR J RANCHES
Tract: BAR J RANCHES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/24/2018 by 3%
Status: Active


Great remodel on this tough to find property. Horse privileges, no HOA, big lots, lots of space in this quiet Gilbert Neighborhood make this house a true gem. Located at the end of a cul de sac, this home offers great privacy and virtually no traffic. The main floor is wonderful with an awesome kitchen, a huge family room, a guest suite with private entrance, an office, ajd the master bedroom. Don't miss the master bathroom and the cool shower. Downstairs, is a full basement with 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms. It also has a set of stairs to the backyard, with outdoor storage that will store all your ''stuff'' Almost situated on a full acre, the backyard is a blank canvas for you to leave as is, or design the yard of your dreams. Don't miss this opportunity!

Listed with Housso Realty


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$335,000 :: 2305 N ARROWHEAD Drive, Chandler AZ, 85224

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,730 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 09/13/18, Last Updated: 09/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5819640
Community: COLLEGE PARK 14
Tract: COLLEGE PARK 14
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/24/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Unique 4 bedroom 3 bathroom completely remodeled!! Located in a great Chandler neighborhood steps away from a park and dog park. This property with nearly $100K in upgrades, has 2 master suites, a brand new kitchen, new bathrooms and amazing walk in showers, new flooring, quartz counters, new windows, new roof, new cabinetry, new drywall, new electrical, new plumbing, lighting, fixtures, black stainless steel appliances...the works!

Listed with DPR Realty LLC


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$352,750 :: 635 N YALE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,302 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 09/13/18, Last Updated: 09/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5819439
Community: BRECKENRIDGE MANOR 2 LOT 114-1
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE MANOR 2 LOT 114-1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/18/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Stunning 4 BR 2.5 BA 2302 sq ft home in desirable Breckenridge neighborhood, this home is remodeled from top to bottom! Separate LR, DR, KIT w/BRKFT area, & FR give plenty of room for the whole family! KIT w/white cabinets, granite counters, SS appliances, walk-in pantry, center island, & BRKFT bar is a chef's dream. KIT flows into the FR w/floor to ceiling whitewashed FRPL & dramatic open staircase. Both overlook the backyard paradise w/diving pool & Kool Deck. The resort like back yard w/new sod, sprinklers & rock also has grassy area for children & pets. Upstairs is 4 BR's & hall bath w/white cabinets, granite counters, & tiled tub/shower. MBR's walk-out deck overlooks lush backyard. MBA w/white cabinets, granite counters, walk-in tiled shower, & his/her closets. This home won't last!

Listed with Long Realty Platinum Premier


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


$875,000 :: 3674 E ASTER Drive, Chandler AZ, 85286

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,581 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,632 sq ft
Added: 09/24/18, Last Updated: 09/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5824467
Community: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 22
Tract: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 22
Status: Active


Extraordinary 2016-built and completely upgraded home on a spectacular lake front lot has left no detail unconsidered with over $200K in upgrades. Tucked away securely behind the gates of Layton Lake, this elegant residence showcases exceptional custom upgrades like its natural limestone flooring and elegant design palette. Using sophisticated craftsmanship, you are greeted by a stunning open foyer with soaring ceilings and a gorgeous marble accent wall that welcome you into the home next to the intimate formal dining. The entrance leads the eye into a formal, but elegantly casual living room with an electric fireplace and accent stone wall, opening to the nook and bar/game room,

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$249,777 :: 510 W SUNDANCE Way, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 1.75 baths
Home size: 1,288 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 09/15/18, Last Updated: 09/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5820978
Community: DAVE BROWN UNIT 2 LOT 1-253
Tract: DAVE BROWN UNIT 2 LOT 1-253
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/24/2018 by 4%
Status: Active


No HOA. Convenient location near all shopping and freeways. Nice/bright starter home. Large deep lot with all block fences surround (this is a great value compare to those wooden fences). North/south exposure. + large patio covered + ceiling fans thru-out = energy savers. Major updated items: Roof 2008, AC 2010,, and water softener 2016. New interior paint. New bath fixtures. New carpet. New kitchen sink. French doors. 2 storage sheds. Washer & dryer stay too. Hurry and make your best offer.

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/!


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