I have been reading through these forums for the past week but wanted to get a handle on pool ownership for myself. I know this is a extremely vague request but I'm a bit scared of buying this house and then regretting doing so. The house is perfect but it's pool may make me think otherwise.
Here's the scenario.
My parents in the UK have a pool and I was the pool boy so I know all about the upkeep/chemical costs involved. This, I am not worried about. What did concern me was the filter running cost and heating for this state. I now live in Colorado so firstly:
1. How long will the pool be open for. I know this depends on the price you are willing to pay somewhat but do others with a heater manage to get maximum usage for say $100 more heating costs? CO has many days of sunshine but the ground freezes. It's an inground...
2. Are there any issues regarding water with the local area? How do you refill if you would need to drain completely for any reason? The pool is about 30ft/16ft - 7/8 foot deep. Would this be a $500 water bill when you re-open it in the spring to fill up the couple of feet you drain out?
3. what is the temperature that will hold during the summer months without heat – including/excluding solar cover? I have heard hearsay that pool owners have had to turn their heat off due to the huge gas prices. Is this true?
4. Do you require fencing around the pool in this state (CO) per code? Home owners insurance requires this (Farmers) and the pool does not presently have this.
This is the response I got from the present owner on a few items. The condition of the pool and equipment seems to be very good.
Pool – Liner was replaced in 2001 and has a 15 yr transferable limited warranty.
Heater was replace in 2002
Filter – checking on date but it was in this century……….
Winter cover is in the shed – was bought in 1996 and is in good shape. It will hold people walking on it though I wouldn't use it like a trampoline
Summer cover – helps hold heat in. it is up in the back right corner of the yard
Pool light is in working order
All tools and equipment and chemicals go with the house
I appreciate any help you can give me on this. I found a website yesterday that mentioned to heat and keep the filter running it would be around $100 - $120 extra. This is acceptable but is this figure nowhere close. I would love people to let me know what their costs are for heating and filtration and what temperature it gives them.
great forum! I will be a regular visitor if we decide it's go. I believe I can trust you guys more than the local pool shop as they just see money in chemicals from my decision