So many times, I have had folks come to Arizona and say, “I would like a home with a pool”. Before you go that route, please think.
Because after about 2-3 years those same people come to me and ask me to sell their home because they are tired of being a slave to the pool.
When decided to move to Arizona, you will see a lot of homes have a pool out here, but here are a few things to consider when buying a home with a pool.
· If the pool is heated, you can have all year enjoyment. But usually it is heated by electrical and that will jump your bill up about $200.0/$400 a month. (depending on how much you heat it)
· If the pool is not heated, then you will most likely not use it for only about 6-7 months of the year (typical usage is from May through September), depending on your tolerance of colder water. But will have to maintain it every month by adding chemicals and keeping the water level up and cleaning it. Average cost $50-120 per month. Measure the cost with the usage to see if you feel it is worth it. You can hire a pool company to come out each week or biweekly or you can do the maintenance yourself…but that is about a 2 hour time commitment.
Remember, the city can fine you if your pool is not taken care of and becomes a heath hazard.
· There are safety measures you must take by law if you have a pool. Here is a good website to find out the current requirements; http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/oeh/pool_rules.htm and check with the city you plan to purchase the home in as they may have additional rules/laws.
· With safety measures come liability—be sure to talk with your insurance company to see what your home insurance will cover, and how much a year will it be, usually homes with a pool are more expensive.
· If you decide to get a home warranty on your home, check with the company to see if you will need extra coverage for a pool and what they cover like; the pump, the electric panel, the valves, etc., etc., and if it is a salt water pool do they cover the salt cell?
Pools are very enjoyable out here in the heat of our summer. But do your homework before you buy and you will find yourself relaxed and at ease, floating away an afternoon. If you don’t the same afternoon could be filled with all sorts of things you didn’t expect.