What to Consider When Planning Your Pool Budget
Many homeowners make the mistake of setting their pool budget based solely on construction costs. However, there are other costs involved in pool ownership that we want to make sure you know about. We want you to have the full picture when it comes to planning how much to spend on your pool. Here is a quick rundown of some smart things to consider when planning your overall backyard paradise budget:
How much you spend on chemicals will depend on the type of pool you have, as well as how much water is in the pool (i.e., the larger and deeper the pool, the more you should set aside in your pool budget). Most pool owners should anticipate spending anywhere from $20 to $50 for chemicals each month. This cost is fairly minimal when you consider the amount of use you’ll get out of your pool.
Most modern pools today that are running with either a one and a half or two HP motors will draw energy costs ranging from $60 to $80 per month. If your pool has a large or outdated motor, then you can expect to spend more every month on pool costs. In fact, you can save up to 90% on energy costs just by switching to a variable-speed pump.
This expense will vary greatly, so definitely check the water rates in your area to get a clear idea of how much you can expect to spend. If you have a typical 12,000-gallon pool, you can typically expect to pay under $50 per month.
When planning your pool budget, think about whether or not you’ll be hiring a maintenance company to come and clean your pool or if you’ll be doing it yourself. If you plan on hiring a cleaning service, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $300 a month, with the average hovering around $150 mark. If you’re going to be doing the maintenance yourself, you will need to invest in the appropriate cleaning equipment (i.e., a pool vacuum, chemicals) and will need to consider the amount of time you’ll be putting into maintaining the pool. For many people, this time actually becomes an enjoyable experience.
Overall Value of Owning a Pool
While these costs might seem to add up quickly, when you consider the amount of fun and relaxation you’ll get out of your new swimming pool, it’s definitely worth it. Owning a swimming pool is an investment in your health and well-being and will pay you back year after year in a better quality of life.
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