Backyard Pools Or No Pools, That Is The New Greatest Question
Living In Southern Arizona Means 350 Days Of Sunshine And Pools – But Is A Pool For You?
Owning a home in Arizona creates images of homes with beautiful backyard pools. Sunny days spent splashing around in a cool, refreshing backyard pool. At least during the summer months.
For full-time residents, homes with backyard pools may even be an essential item. Snowbirds, on the other, are less inclined to want a pool.
Backyard pools are a luxury for some, and a necessity for others. There are two big choices if you want a home with a backyard pool. Buy a home with a backyard pool already installed. Or have the home pool designed and built after you find your “perfect” home.
See Tucson Homes For Sale With Pools
|$200,000 to $400,000
|$400,000 to $600,000
Is there are “right” choice. Well, as with many home buying decisions, it all depends.
Here are some of the pros and cons to help you decide what is better for you.
Backyard Pools For Recreation
Backyard pools are a great way to get exercise for adults and children.
The added benefit is the no impact exercising experience.
Kids and adults alike, enjoy playing and relaxing around a swimming pool. Summer time pool parties or a late-night swim is always enjoyable when you own your own pool.
Swimming pools can be dangerous for children if they don’t know how to swim. Most conventional inground home pools are only 5 feet deep at most. Unless you have a pool with a diving board will be 8 to 10 feet deep.
Owning a swimming pool means you will need to have the proper safety features installed. Fencing around the pool with locks on the gates.
Without the fencing, childproof locks on the doors leading to the pool area should be installed. Pool barriers restrict children, neighbors, and pets from accidentally falling into the pool.
Arizona has a pool barrier law that every home buyer should be aware of. Ask your Realtor to review the Arizona’s Pool Barrier Laws with you.
Even in Southern Arizona, to use a swimming pool all year means it needs to be heated. Heated pools are great. But heating backyard pools can cost at $1000/month or more.
A good option is solar. Coils can be installed on the roof of the house to heat the pool water. The solar heated water is circulated to the pool through the pool pump. Solar can add 3 to 4 months a year of “comfortable” swimming.
The Costs Of A Backyard Pool
Backyard pools are a cost, not an investment. At least not a monetary investment with a big return.
Having a swimming pool installed is affordable. Although it is hard to get a reasonably sized pool built for less than $25,000.
One benefit to spending that money, beyond the fun you will have in the pool, is in home resale. But don’t think you will get all your money back. A home with a pool will be more attractive to a buyer wanting a home with a backyard pool, than a home without a pool.
But buying a home that has a pool is cheaper than having one installed later.
When selling your home, don’t expect to recover the costs of building a pool. If it costs $50,000 to have a pool installed, you cannot add $50,000 on to the asking price of your home. With or without a pool, pricing a home for resale must be consistent with the current real estate market in your area.
Backyard Pool Maintenance
A backyard swimming pool requires time, chemicals and pool care knowledge.
Ok, the pool boy didn’t go to Harvard to learn how to care for pools. But licensed pool maintenance companies have had some training. So they know a bit more about caring for a pool than most homeowners.
Many swimming pool owners take the time to learn about pool maintenance. Pool supply companies will help you understand what you need to know.
So, keeping your pool pristine isn’t rocket science. But it will take some time. If you plan on buying a home with a pool, do a little research to determine if you want to do it.
If you don’t, you can hire someone for $80 to $125 per month.
If you don’t take care of your pool, health and safety issues can arise. The proper chemicals keep the water PH levels accurate. Improper care may to algae and other bacteria forming in the pool
Green has never been never a good color in a swimming pool.
How To Decide
Backyard pools can be a great feature for many Tucson homeowners. With a little research, you can decide if the costs of a backyard pool make sense to you.
Do your homework on the front end. Ask your Realtor to show you the comparable homes with and without pools before you buy.
In the end, it will be up to you to determine if owning a swimming pool home is right for your family.
Pools can be a unique home feature or an essential one based on a home’s price point and neighborhood. The more expensive the home the more likely it will have or should have a pool.
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