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

$430,000 :: 1758 E CARLA VISTA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,124 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 12/03/22, Last Updated: 12/03/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6487678
Community: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 2
Tract: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 2
Status: Active


Move-in ready! Super cute and updated. Popular Gilbert Ranch. Great location. Soft gray and white pallet, wood look plank tile, carpet in the bedrooms, quartz countertops, higher profile baseboards, stainless refrigerator, dishwasher, range, and microwave. 2 1/2 inch faux wood blinds. Pool and spa in an easy to care for backyard. 3 bedroom or 2 bedroom plusden/office, 2 bath is the perfect starter home or ideal for downsizing. Close to wonderful restaurants, shopping, and award winning schools.

Listed with Coldwell Banker 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/!


$460,000 :: 932 E SAVANNAH Drive, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,624 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 12/03/22, Last Updated: 12/03/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6492805
Community: MADELINE COURT
Tract: MADELINE COURT
Status: Active


This great home in a gated community backs up to Greenbelt & adjacent to Park w/play area & community mailbox. One of the best locations in Madeline Court! Walk to CVS & Restaurants. Front pillars with stone elevation. Formal Living Room, Formal Dining Room (presently used as an office). Travertine Tile in all the right places with 2 Custom Medallions, Maple Cabinets, Stone Backsplash, Granite Kitchen Sink & Countertops, Sunshades, Newer Stainless Steel Appliances, newer fans in multiple rooms. Front yard maintained by HOA. Lovely backyard landscaping w/extended patio. New A/C October 2020! New 50 gallon Water Heater March 2022. Primary Bath Shower remodeled 2021. 1 Yr. Home Warranty included. Great location - Bring your Buyers!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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


$509,000 :: 933 W Tremaine Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,751 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 07/16/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6435382
Community: SONESTA ESTATES UNIT 1
Tract: SONESTA ESTATES UNIT 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/2/2022 by 4%
Status: Active


A beautifully remodeled single story home with 4 bedrooms 2 bath. Brand new white cabinets, polished granite countertops and tastefully tile lined kitchen walls. Backyard is abundant in space for all types of activities. Beautifully smooth tiled floors and abundant natural lighting filters from the large windows. An overall clean and minimalist interior appearance.

Listed with RE/MAX Fine Properties


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


$459,900 :: 3973 E WYATT Court, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 11/10/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6487308
Community: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 15
Tract: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 15
Status: Active


What a great Move-in Ready Family home in Gilbert. No carpet in the entire home, Brand new wood like plank tile T/O. Brand new stainless Steel kitchen Appliances. Fridge, washer & dryer stay, New interior and exterior paint. Split floorplan Pet and kid friendly grass in the backyard. San Tan Ranch community offers many community events such as WInter Wonderland in Dec, be a part of this. Close to schools, shopping, parks and places to eat, Walk to Higley High or San Tan Elementary, shopping at San Tan Mall. Or enjoy the many parks in the community such as Menlo or Grizzy, 2 lots over is a Community Volleyball park.

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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 :: 3904 E LEAH Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,305 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 12/02/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6495129
Community: HIGHLAND GROVES
Tract: HIGHLAND GROVES
Status: Active


Looking for a GORGEOUS kitchen and entertainers backyard? This 3300 square foot, home in a prime Gilbert location boasts loaded upgrades that are hard to come by. The foliage lined paver walk way leading to the front door gives the home a cozy inviting feel, and draws you through the front door where a grand staircase entry way will greet you. Off to the right you'll find an intimate living room, and to the left a spacious great room, both equipped with new plantation shutters and intricate woodwork. The real show stopper is the completely remodeled kitchen with quartz counters, a gas range, an industrial fridge, extended island with storage, and MASSIVE PANTRY! The new tile throughout contributes to the light and bright feel of the home. The upstairs is home to 4 of the 5 bedrooms

Listed with O48 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/!


$399,000 :: 722 N Cedar Street, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,503 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 09/09/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6461926
Community: La Vida Serena Estates
Tract: La Vida Serena Estates
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/2/2022 by 3%
Status: Active


NEW PRICE REDUCTION. Priced below Recently Appraised Value. Seller has made repairs from previous inspection reports. It's ready for you to move in. New Roof, New Central AC, New Wall Unit ACs in PERMITTED Addition, New Electric Panel, New Windows in main rooms, New Bathroom Vanities, New Cordless cellular blinds. New Refrigerator and Dishwasher, and freshly painted exterior. All appliances and an INSIDE Washer Dryer are included. Zero carpet in Home. Just ONE MILE from Downtown Gilbert. Driveway Parking for 4 plus an RV gate for your toys. Did I mention no HOA? The back bonus room is huge and has endless possibilities- game room, family room, home theater, workshop. The 4th bedroom in rear of home could also be a gym, office or craft room.

Listed with United Brokers Group


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


$490,000 :: 4165 E CLAXTON Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,163 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 10/20/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6479746
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 7 PHASE 4
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 7 PHASE 4
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/2/2022 by 1%
Status: Active


Spacious 4 bed, 2.5 Bath in super desirable Power Ranch! Large kitchen features pantry, island, desk area and eat in dining.Refrigerator, washer and dryer included. There is also formal dining area and living room with warm wood laminate flooring.Master bedroom is on main floor with large walk-in closet and double sinks. 3 bedrooms and separate living area are upstairs. Recently upgraded HVAC with two zones, upgraded flooring throughout.Wonderfully landscaped backyard has synthetic turf and pavers. Front yard has low maintenance desert landscaping. Largestorage space under stairs. Don't let this beautiful home slip away. Call to schedule a showing today

Listed with Opendoor Brokerage, 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/!


$599,900 :: 1331 S WAYNE Drive, Chandler AZ, 85286

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,989 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 09/28/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6470049
Community: ARIZONA ESTATES
Tract: ARIZONA ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/2/2022 by 2%
Status: Active


If Buyer uses the Seller's Preferred Lender for financing, Seller may contribute up to 2.5% of the Purchase price to buy down rate by 2% for the first year, 1% for the 2nd year. Don't miss this highly sought after area of Arizona Estates in Chandler! Home is beautiful inside and out. Kitchen features Stainless Steel Appliances and granite Counter Tops. Home has NEW flooring throughout. Home features NEW exterior and interior paint! Great location to the freeway access and extremely close to all that Chandler has to offer including shopping, malls, restaurants and parks! Hurry and schedule your showing today, this one won't last long!

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/!


$955,400 :: 3114 S COTTONWOOD Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,871 sq ft
Lot Size: 14,375 sq ft
Added: 11/14/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6489433
Community: ALLEN RANCH PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Tract: ALLEN RANCH PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Status: Active


Entertainers dream house. Lot is14,000 +sqft. of exquisite resort grounds. Must see document section to review all upgrades owners have made. WAY TOO MANY TO MENTION! Beautiful wood window sills! Tilt outs at kitchen sink! Gourmet pantry. Charming interior w/10' ceilings, 8' doors, soothing palette, and a spacious living area for receiving guests. Wonderful computer/office nook. Main bedroom has double entry. Watch TV while bathing or look out at your orchard.. Den/4th bedroom has private courtyard French door entry. Enjoy gourmet meals in the fabulous kitchen while listening to your surround sound. Or sit outside at your Gourmet Island Entertainment Center watching the fire ice! Electric car charger in single garage. Only have a neighbor on one side! This value will not disappoint!

Listed with West USA 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/!


$409,000 :: 206 N PALM Street, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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2 beds, 1 bath
Home size: 776 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 12/02/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6495085
Community: GILBERT
Tract: GILBERT
Status: Active


Gorgeous remodeled bungalow in Gilbert's Heritage District! Walking distance to the best that Downtown Gilbert has to offer with award winning dining & entertainment. Stunning and fully renovated in 2021, no expense was spared with this gem while keeping the historic character of this home intact. No HOA and currently operating as a successful short-term rental on AirBnB. Keep it as a rental, or move-in and experience truly unique Gilbert living.

Listed with Real Broker AZ, 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/!


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