Owning a pool home in Florida

By
Real Estate Agent with Team TLC - Mihara & Associates, Inc

Our family enjoys using our pool year round in our Land O Lakes, Florida home. Many people heat the pool in the winter and enjoy year round use. While we do not heat ours we enjoy the hot tub during the colder months and the refreshing pool in the warmer months. The pool area becomes part of the living and entertainment space because of our beautiful year round warmer climate!

Owning a pool in Florida can be a great way to enjoy the warm climate and make the most of your outdoor space. Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about owning a pool in Florida:

Maintenance: Pools require regular maintenance to keep them clean and safe for swimming. This includes regularly testing the chemical balance of the water, cleaning the pool walls and floor, and maintaining the filtration and circulation systems. You may want to hire a pool service to help with this maintenance, or you can learn to do it yourself. We prefer to hire it out because it seems very cost and time effective!

Safety: Pools can be a hazard, especially for young children who may not yet know how to swim. It's important to take safety precautions, such as installing a fence around the pool and keeping it locked when not in use. You may also want to consider alarms and safety covers.

Cost: Owning a pool can be expensive, both in terms of installation and ongoing maintenance. The cost of a pool in Florida can vary depending on the size and type of pool you choose, as well as the features you want, such as a spa or waterfall. You'll also need to factor in the cost of water and electricity to keep the pool running.

Permits: In Florida, you will need to obtain permits to install a pool. You'll also need to comply with state and local regulations regarding pool safety and maintenance.

Enjoyment: Despite the potential challenges, owning a pool in Florida can be a great way to enjoy your outdoor space and make the most of the warm weather. Swimming is a great form of exercise and can be a fun activity for the whole family. Just be sure to weigh the costs and responsibilities before making the decision to install a pool.

 

If you are considering building a pool in Florida, there are several things to keep in mind:

Regulations: You will need to check with your local government to make sure that you are following all of the regulations and requirements for building a pool in your area. In Florida, there are strict rules and guidelines for pool construction, including fencing, pool depths, and drain covers.

Design: There are many different design options for a pool in Florida, including traditional rectangular shapes, freeform designs, and infinity edges. You will want to work with a pool contractor to design a pool that fits your needs, budget, and the layout of your property.

Materials: There are several options for pool materials, including concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you will want to do your research and choose the one that works best for your needs.

Maintenance: Florida's warm and humid climate can make it easier for algae and bacteria to grow in your pool, so you will need to make sure that you are properly maintaining your pool to keep it clean and safe. This may include regular cleaning and chemical treatments.

Cost: Building a pool in Florida can be expensive, so you will want to make sure that you have a budget in mind and are prepared for any unexpected costs that may arise.

Overall, building a pool in Florida can be a great investment in your property and your lifestyle. Just be sure to do your research, follow regulations, and work with a reputable contractor to ensure that your pool is safe, functional, and beautiful.

Buying a pool home with an existing pool is a good choice if you are certain you would like a pool because the cost of the pool addition is usually more costly than what you would pay extra for an existing pool home (vs a non pool home).

Pool homes are very popular in the Tampa Bay Area. Here are some links to some different price ranges of pool homes:

Pool homes in Hillsborough County Florida 250-500k

https://www.tampateamtlc.com/property-search/results/#nearby_false,-1/lprice_250000/uprice_500000/county_Hillsborough/searchfeatures_PF2596/listtypedescrip_Single%20Family%20Home/

 

Pool homes in Hillsborough County Florida 500-750K

https://www.tampateamtlc.com/property-search/results/#nearby_false,-1/lprice_500000/uprice_750000/county_Hillsborough/searchfeatures_PF2596/listtypedescrip_Single%20Family%20Home/

 

Pool homes in Hillsborough County Florida 750k – 1M

https://www.tampateamtlc.com/property-search/results/#nearby_false,-1/lprice_750000/uprice_1000000/county_Hillsborough/searchfeatures_PF2596/listtypedescrip_Single%20Family%20Home/

 

Pool homes in Hillsborough County Florida 1-1.5M

https://www.tampateamtlc.com/property-search/results/#nearby_false,-1/lprice_1000000/uprice_1500000/county_Hillsborough/searchfeatures_PF2596/listtypedescrip_Single%20Family%20Home/

Pool homes in Hillsborough County Florida 1.5-2M

https://www.tampateamtlc.com/property-search/results/#nearby_false,-1/lprice_1500000/uprice_2000000/county_Hillsborough/searchfeatures_PF2596/listtypedescrip_Single%20Family%20Home/

 

Pool homes in Hillsborough County Florida 2-3M

https://www.tampateamtlc.com/property-search/results/#nearby_false,-1/lprice_2000000/uprice_3000000/county_Hillsborough/searchfeatures_PF2596/listtypedescrip_Single%20Family%20Home/

 

Pool homes in Hillsborough County Florida 3-4M

https://www.tampateamtlc.com/property-search/results/#nearby_false,-1/lprice_3000000/uprice_4000000/county_Hillsborough/searchfeatures_PF2596/listtypedescrip_Single%20Family%20Home/

 

Pool homes in Hillsborough County 4-5M

https://www.tampateamtlc.com/property-search/results/#nearby_false,-1/lprice_4000000/uprice_5000000/county_Hillsborough/searchfeatures_PF2596/listtypedescrip_Single%20Family%20Home/

 

Pool Homes in Hillsborough County 5M and up

https://www.tampateamtlc.com/property-search/results/#nearby_false,-1/lprice_5000000/county_Hillsborough/searchfeatures_PF2596/listtypedescrip_Single%20Family%20Home/https://www.tampateamtlc.com/property-search/results/#nearby_false,-1/lprice_5000000/county_Hillsborough/searchfeatures_PF2596/listtypedescrip_Single%20Family%20Home/

Here is a video we did about owning a pool in Florida:

https://youtu.be/jQ-fllMkiKc

If you would like more information about pool homes please reach out or comment!

 

Comments (18)

Bob McCranie
Broker Associate / Team Lead - Texas Pride Realty Group - Carrollton, TX
Your best advocate when buying or selling your hom

Nicely done.  We loved our pool when we had one.  Southern states and warm weather make a pool really necessary. 

 

Here's a link to Dallas / Fort Worth homes with pools to compare the prices with homes in Florida. 

https://www.texaspriderealty.com/pool/

Feb 17, 2023 02:38 PM
Lisa Carroll

Thank you so much!😎

Feb 17, 2023 03:45 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thanks for the Florida pool update. One thing is for sure...."If you build it they will come"...neighbors, friends and their kids. Jeff 

Feb 17, 2023 02:57 PM
Lisa Carroll
Team TLC - Mihara & Associates, Inc - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Team serving the Greater Tampa Area

LOL - you are so right about that!  Thank you😀

Feb 17, 2023 03:44 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lisa - welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on your first AR post.  Having a pool is a must-have for some and a would-like-to-have for others.  I like the way you present owning a pool home in Florida with an analysis.  Good luck as you discover more about this community.  

Feb 17, 2023 03:47 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Feb 18, 2023 02:39 AM
Lisa Carroll
Team TLC - Mihara & Associates, Inc - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Team serving the Greater Tampa Area

Thank you Richard!

Feb 18, 2023 06:38 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lisa and Welcome to the Rain where we all learn from each other and help each other.  Make it a great weekend

 

Feb 18, 2023 07:26 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lisa, thanks for sharing this valuable information about owning a pool.   Welcome to ActiveRain, and keep on blogging!

Feb 18, 2023 07:40 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Welcome to the Rain. Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Families on the move will appreciate your local real estate expertise. Bill

Feb 18, 2023 10:50 AM
Lisa Carroll

Thank you! Will do.

Feb 28, 2023 04:05 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Welcome to Active Rain, a great place to learn, share, and network. I'm not a pool person; I sink rather than swim. If I was in your area, I hope I would have friends I could visit to sit around the pool and indulge in a few beverages. Enjoy your experience in the Rain.

Feb 19, 2023 02:58 PM
Lisa Carroll

Drinks poolside are always awesome!  Thank you.

Feb 28, 2023 04:05 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Welcome to the ActiveRain community. Congratulations on your first post.

Feb 19, 2023 08:18 PM
Lisa Carroll

Thank you John!

Feb 28, 2023 04:04 AM
Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent information. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week. Welcome to activerain.

Feb 21, 2023 05:12 AM
Lisa Carroll

Thank you Charles!  I hope you have a great month!

Feb 28, 2023 04:04 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Florida and pools go together  ! Here in PA we can only use our pools for about 4.5 months .

Feb 24, 2023 01:43 PM
Lisa Carroll

I grew up in Michigan so I get that!  I love the 12 month pool use so for me Florida is wonderful.  Stay warm!

Feb 28, 2023 04:04 AM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

Nice post. I grew up with a pool surrounded by trees that dropped prickly balls all over our yard. It was my job skim and vacuum the pool. I love the screen cages you build around pools in Florida. I would have loved that when I was a kid. 

Feb 28, 2023 11:04 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lisa Carroll that pool looks very inviting right now with the cold weather we are having in CT

Mar 01, 2023 04:54 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lisa Carroll also welcome to ActiveRain, and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

Mar 01, 2023 04:54 PM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Lisa ~ Welcome into the 'Rain and congrats on a great first post here, where you cover many areas that not everyone would consider when purchasing a home with a pool.  Keep the posts coming!

Mar 19, 2023 12:31 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Jun 12, 2023 06:13 AM