Triple digit temperatures are overtaking those of use who live in Arizona. The swimming pool service contractors from SwimRight Pool Service & Repair in Scottsdale, AZ get asked the question, “how much does it cost to own a swimming pool?” all the time.

It is a question you do want to have answered because the cost of the pool construction and paying for that is one expense, but ongoing upkeep and pool service is another factor you need to determine before you decide whether you can afford a swimming pool.

Simply installing the swimming pool is not the only cost associated with pool ownership.

How much does it cost to own a swimming pool?

Here are items to talk with your pool contractor about to help you put together a pool maintenance budget:

  1. Chemicals. If you clean the pool yourself you will need to invest in all of the pool chemicals up front and will also need a safe place to store them. Don’t forget that if you don’t know what you’re doing with pool maintenance you may spend more than you planned to help keep the water chemistry in line.
  2. Hiring maintenance. If you want to give the pool maintenance over to a swimming pool professional — and you may find you save money if you do that — ask a pool service contractor to come and pay a visit and give you an estimate for service.
  3. Utility bills. Running the pool pump and filter and any water accessories and a pool heater will increase your utility bills. Ask a pool contractor for a best-guess estimate on what the potential increases could be.
  4. Water. One of the biggest expenses could be water. The water you need to fill the pool originally and the water you need to keep using to keep it filled whether the water is evaporating or being splashed out.
  5. Insurance. You may be paying a higher premium for your homeowners’ insurance once you become a swimming pool owner. Check with your pool contractor so you’re aware of potential issues and increases when you get a pool.

Weigh all costs for pool ownership — especially if you live in Arizona because you may be able to swim year round!