If you’re in the market to purchase a home here in central Florida, you’ve likely developed an opinion about whether or not you’d prefer a home with a pool. Like anything else, it all comes down to personal values. Families with infants and toddlers may consider a pool too much of a safety hazard, while families with older children appreciate the opportunity to blow off some steam without getting too steamy! The fact remains, though, that here in Florida pools are generally considered a desirable feature, and can add a 7% increase to a home’s value, according to Houselogic. So if you’ve got your heart set on a pool home, chances are you’ll need to be ready to pay a little more for it. On the other hand, if you choose a home without a pool with the intent to put one in later, you can expect to pay upwards of $30,000, but will most certainly be adding value to your property in this market.
Maintaining a Pool
Of course, obtaining the pool is not the only expense. There are continual maintenance costs to consider as well. According to Daniel Richeson, local owner of Barefoot Pool Services, monthly service technicians charge an average of $100 per month for cleaning, balancing, and adding chemicals to a residential pool. Doing the work yourself can possibly cut the cost to around $70 per month, but will require a significant investment of time and knowledge. You’ll also need to budget for equipment such as filter replacement and general wear and tear (from $150-$500 per year) as well as utility costs (around $300 per year, depending on pool size and equipment).
Weighing Your Pool Option
Because of the cost of personal pool ownership, some people opt for a home with a neighborhood pool instead. But pool communities come at a premium too, with monthly HOA fees that reflect the shared cost of the pool maintenance. When it comes right down to it, the choice to have a pool or not is ultimately a personal one. There are definite costs that need to be prepared for, but if a pool adds to the quality of your life, consider those dollars as an investment into your family. Laughter and memories are priceless after all, and that’s just what a pool could deliver.
If you’re ready to journey into home ownership, give us a call or send us an e-mail. Our team can help you explore various properties—with and without pools—until you find the perfect fit. And through it all, we can ensure that the process goes, well, swimmingly!