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Old 04-21-2008, 01:22 AM   #1
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I am about to start the paper work on renting a house with a pool. Just wondering what im getting my self into as far as bills go, and maintenance. The only thing that comes with the pool, is a self cleaner.


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Old 04-21-2008, 01:45 AM   #2
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I am about to start the paper work on renting a house with a pool. Just wondering what im getting my self into as far as bills go, and maintenance. The only thing that comes with the pool, is a self cleaner.
A lot of it depends upon your weather and surroundings...warm weather, lots of trees and high winds all increase maintenance requirements. I've got all three.

I probably spend about 4-8 hours a week on cleaning and other pool chores, and around $600 annually on chemicals and miscellaneous parts & equipment. The automatic cleaner does help, but it needs to be maintained and adjusted too. Actually, a few weeks back I had to drop over a grand on a new pump and new filter grid elements, but they should now last many years.

If you stay on top of things it's not so bad, but if you get busy and let the pool go awhile, you're looking at hours and hours of work and lots of money to get it cleaned up again. Either way, it's definitely a lot of work. It's comparable to keeping and maintaining a second car...an old, worn out car! I'm fed up with it, and am on the verge of hiring a pool man. All the work is cutting into my brewing time!

 
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:53 AM   #3
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If you're renting then you dont need to worry about mechanical replacement. I think the pump costs my parents about $30 a month in electricity and they run it about 12 hours a day.
If you have a heater for the pool that thing can jack the hell out of your electric or water bill. My friend has a 15kW unit and it takes a full day to move the water up 5 deg F. Thats $37 bucks worth of electricity for one day!
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:04 AM   #4
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yes all mechanical maintenance is covered. It is not heated that I know of, but I will ask. 30 bucks is not bad at all. I think 4-8 hours is do able. Do you order your chemicals online or do you just get them locally? Im hoping the owner will go over some of the basic stuff that needs to be done. luckily the pool area has no trees and is either concrete or deck, no grass.

 
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:11 AM   #5
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They require some work but
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well worth it

 
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:14 AM   #6
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You might want to talk to your insurance agent about renting a house with a pool...just so there isn't any sticker shock.

 
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:21 AM   #7
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As long as there is no Diving board the insurance is not bad

 
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:24 AM   #8
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No diving board. I have never had renter insurance, and this place has not said anything about needing it.

 
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:19 PM   #9
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Renters insurance is good to have, even if you don't require it. If something catastrophic were to happen to the place you live in, the regular homeowner's insurance only covers the structure itself and that money goes to the landlord. It does NOT cover your belongings. So unless you have renters insurance if the place went up in flames your possessions are gone with no monetary compensation.
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:59 PM   #10
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Dude, get renter's insurance. I paid 20 bucks/month at my last place....and that even covered my computer if it crashed from a virus......as well as my furniture if it were indelibly stained (like by a spilled bucket of paint), as well as a lot of other things you might never consider....

 
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