A pool costs so much more than the pool salespeople tell you. But, the cost is often disguised, and few people go through each line item and add up what they are spending on a yearly basis. To get an idea of what your pool is actually costing, consider these items:
- Pool chemicals: There are about a dozen or so chemicals you’re told your pool needs, from pH modifiers to algaecide, chlorine and shock treatments, clarifiers and more. They all add up over time. You might be surprised about how high your yearly cost is for these things.
- Utility costs: Running your pool heater and pool pump will add to your electric bill. Plus, don’t forget the cost of putting all that water in your pool. These costs can be hard to estimate because you’re not billed separately for your pool, but they can also be substantial.
- Accessories: Safety accessories, like covers, are necessary. Others, like pool noodles and diving boards, can cost a lot in initial investment and replace. Selling them can net you some extra money too.
- Maintenance: Do you pay someone to clean your pool for you? How about cleaning up the patio stones around the pool? Maintenance can be costly if you don’t have time to do it yourself.
- Repairs and replacement: Pool pumps, heaters, and other equipment all breakdown fairly frequently. Repairs are annoying and costly, and having to replace the parts is even more so.
- Insurance premiums: You are likely paying for the additional coverage your home insurance company provides for the pool. At least, we hope you are because if your pool is not covered, that opens you up to serious liability.
When they add up the costs of their pool, many people decide that they’d rather just get rid of it.