Buying a Home with a Pool in Arizona
BUYING A HOME WITH A POOL IN ARIZONA
Looking for ways to cool down isn’t always easy when you live in the Phoenix Area. After hours going from house to house, it’s very tempting to buy the first home you see with that sparkling blue pool in the backyard.
Owning a home with a pool comes with plenty of advantages (namely that it can improve physical health, boost mental health and expand your social life), it can also come with quite a few serious considerations. From the price of pool maintenance and the cost of higher insurance premiums to the safety of your children and the impact on your property value, there’s plenty to think about when buying a house with a pool. Here are eight things you should know when making this decision.
Pools require regular maintenance and cleaning
Unfortunately, pools do require regular maintenance. From using the proper chemicals to cleaning the surfaces, the upkeep of a swimming pool takes time and effort on the part of the homeowner. Otherwise, PH levels could become imbalanced and problems such as algae and bacteria could reek havoc on the health of you and your family. Don’t have the time or energy to take care of a pool? Fortunately, there are plenty of pool service companies available to help maintain your pool. Most pool service pros cost anywhere from $50 to $150 a week. In addition to being fairly expensive, these pool professionals will likely have to service the pool several times a week for regular upkeep during our Monsoon Season. So be prepared to see the pool professionals on a weekly basis, if you own a swimming pool.
Pools require regular maintenance and cleaning
Buying a house with a pool comes with its fair share of perks. For one, pool owners have access to their private swimming pool to enjoy whenever they wish. Second, swimming can improve cardiovascular health, flexibility and overall physical well-being. It’s also been proven to boost mental health and quality of life. Finally, having a pool can improve a homeowner’s social life. After all, who doesn’t want to throw a private pool party with friends?
Utility Bills Can Increase
If you’re thinking of buying a home with a pool or installing a pool in your yard, be prepared for an increase in utility bills. According to HomeAdvisor, homeowners often pay up to $300 a year in electricity just to operate their pool pump. The pump controls the pool’s filtration system and is absolutely essential to maintaining a pool. Those installing a pool in their home will also need to be prepared for an increase in water bills, as it costs anywhere between “$60 and $120 to fill a standard, 15,000 to 30,000-gallon” pool with city water, according to HomeAdvisor. You’ll amazed how quickly your pool water will evaporate in those very hot summer months.
You’ll need to take certain pool precautions with children
Sadly, “drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children 1 to 4 years old and the second leading cause in kids ages 1 to 15 in the Phoenix Area,” according to Parents Magazine. With this in mind, it’s absolutely critical that you and your family take the necessary precautions when buying a house with a pool. Preventative and protective measures include installing a safety fence around the pool, putting locks on the doors leading out to the pool, teaching your children to swim at a young age and setting pool rules with your family.
You’ll need additional outdoor space for the pool and its equipment
If the property is small, you may want to think twice before buying a house with a pool or installing one in the backyard. Not only will the pool and deck take up a good chunk of outdoor space, but it will also require extra room to store necessary pool equipment and accessories such as pool vacuums, skimmers, cleaning supplies, floats and towels. So make sure you have plenty of outdoor space to accommodate your pool needs before moving into a home with a pool.
Your municipality may require pool fencing
Most Phoenix-Area communities and cities require that homeowners install some sort of fence or gate around the perimeter of their property for safety purposes. This is to prevent strangers from walking off the street and into your pool. Zoning rules vary from community to community, so be sure to check your town’s specifics before installing a pool in your home. Keep in mind that if an accident were to happen, your non-compliance could force your insurance company to deny the claim or worse you get sued.
Having a pool may increase your property value (or not)
Living in Arizona and having a pool may dramatically increase your property value. In fact, if you live in Florida, Arizona, Southern California or any other warm weather locale, you may be more likely to resell your home if the property has a pool. House hunters in these locations often list having a pool as one of their top priorities.
Your insurance premium will be higher
Those buying a house with a pool will likely need to increase their liability coverage due to the high incidence of injuries involved with swimming pools. Since the insurance company will be taking on more risk, you’ll likely have to pay a higher annual premium. You may also want to think twice before installing a diving board in the pool. Many homeowners insurance policies exclude pools with diving boards and water slides because of their association with increased injuries and higher medical bills.
So those are the pros and cons of owning a pool. Hopefully you are now able to weigh some of the important decisions related to buying a home with a pool.
ADDITIONAL SWIMMING POOL RESOURCES
- How to Prevent Child Drowning: A Must-Read Guide for Parents via Ari Brown, M.D
- Phoenix, AZ Swimming Pool Builders via Houzz.com
- How to Throw the Ultimate Pool Party via Caylin Harris
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About the Author: The above article, Buying a Home with a Pool in Arizona was written by Troy J. Elston, a licensed Realtor at West USA Realty, the premiere real estate brokerage based in Peoria Arizona. With over 16 years of experience in the real estate industry, Troy produces stunning results for home buyers and sellers. If you're thinking of BUYING or SELLING a home in the Phoenix Area, Troy would love to share his knowledge and expertise with you.
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