There’s nothing like diving into a crystal-clear swimming pool on a HOT Atlanta Summer Day. And while pool season may have officially ended Labor Day weekend, you may be contemplating whether to build a pool in your backyard for next pool season.
To many homeowners and buyers, a pool is a plus—an upscale amenity that will enhance your quality of life and make your home desirable to prospective buyers in the future. But the thought of swimming laps in the privacy of your own backyard may distract you from the realities that come with owning a pool, particularly the increased liability and maintenance costs
Some home buyers think an in-ground pool is a bonus, while others consider it a deal breaker. But does it add value to a home? The answer depends on several factors
Average cost to install a pool
When it comes to installing an in-ground pool, the average cost will be between $35,516 and $65,067, HomeAdvisor.com.
Cost of swimming pool maintenance
If you’re considering buying a home with a swimming pool, you’ll want to know how much it’s going to cost you to maintain it:The national average price to maintain a swimming pool is $232 per one-time cleaning. Most homeowners spend between $121 and $372 for their first cleaning.
Opening your pool, which includes removing the cover, reassembling the filter system, cleaning and testing the water chemistry, and refilling the water, typically costs between $150 and $300.
Closing and winterizing the pool also falls within the $150 to $300 range.
Monthly maintenance could cost anywhere from $80 to $150 a month, depending on the services.
If you decide to maintain the in-ground pool yourself, you’ll spend at least an hour a week doing so, and will likely need the following:
- Chlorine to neutralize harmful bacteria: $60 to $70 per 25 pounds
- Muriatic acid to lower pH levels: $8 a gallon
- Soda ash to prevent excess acid: $8 per 6 pounds
- Test kit to gauge pH levels: $15
- Replacement test kit solutions: $8 a set
- Pool skimmer: $7
- Vacuum to pick up items missed by skimmer: $20 to $600
- Filters (replacement filter cartridge, $7 to $75; replacement filter sands, $12; diatomaceous earth, $20 per 25 pounds)
- Pool cover: $600, depending on the material and size of your pool
Occasionally you’ll also probably need chlorine to “shock” the pool to eliminate the buildup of ammonia, nitrogen, and other contaminants. The chlorine comes in 24- to 50-pound bags, ranging from $55 to $120.
Insurance costs for pool owners
Having a pool on your property will increase your home’s liability, and that will probably raise your home insurance fees. Most policies cover pool-related incidents, but experts recommend increasing your liability from $100,000 to $500,000, which, according to HouseLogic, will cost about $30 more a year.
Does a pool add value to a home?
If you’re weighing whether or not to build a pool, we recommend hiring an appraiser to see if it will add value to your property. Ask to have your home appraised as is and then appraised again as if it had a pool.
Knowing these numbers, hopefully it’s a little easier for you to weigh the costs and benefits of adding a pool.
Still, only home buyers can truly decide how much a pool will add to their quality of life. Do you have children who will enjoy spending summer days playing Marco Polo? Will a pool make the “Hotlanta” summer months more bearable?
Those reasons alone could be enough to justify owning a pool. Still undecided? Check out these area listings with an in-ground pool.