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Default Pool owners, do you do maintenance yourself or pay for it?

Just curious how much of a PITA it is, and if its expensive. Just bought a place with a pool, that will be re listed in six weeks or so. Pool needs some work done, and the guys doing it (reputable local company) offered to maintain it for $50/week til it sells.

Four weeks open market, then another six weeks (best case) til closing isn't going to kill me, but if its as simple as dumping a tablespoon of X and a cup of Y in every week ill do it myself. I generally visit homes at least once a week when they are active anyways.

Flip side says the two hours door to door is worth more than $50 to me. What do you say?
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take care of my pool but 2 hours door to door no way
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What does it look like now? Mine is at worst 15 mins a month of maintenance but for some people it's a never ending battle.

$50 a week sounds steep. Most people down here pay $75-120 a month but of course the expectation is year round service.

If nobody is swimming in it, over chlorination is not a problem. Dump 5 gal of chlorine in and throw in a floater with tablets.
$10 for the liquid and another $20-30 for tabs and floater.

If leaves and dirt are going to be an issue, or if the water is already looking bad, that may be different... Also how often are you gong to be there anyway? If you're gonna drop in every week, no big deal... If you're going to have to drive there just to check out the pool...
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What does it look like now? Mine is at worst 15 mins a month of maintenance but for some people it's a never ending battle.

$50 a week sounds steep. Most people down here pay $75-120 a month but of course the expectation is year round service.

If nobody is swimming in it, over chlorination is not a problem. Dump 5 gal of chlorine in and throw in a floater with tablets.
$10 for the liquid and another $20-30 for tabs and floater.

If leaves and dirt are going to be an issue, or if the water is already looking bad, that may be different... Also how often are you gong to be there anyway? If you're gonna drop in every week, no big deal... If you're going to have to drive there just to check out the pool...
true expensive maybe short term spanking you could overchlorinate it will break down marsite but you can always add hardener
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I would also get a few more quotes. On the flip side if you are showing the place, a dirty pool will be an immediate turn off. Do you have any neighbors with a pool service, you could ask? Fathers pool is also $100 a month in Ft Laud.
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Live there do-it-youself, easy to maintain. Your commuting distance hire a local pool company to maintain it till it sells. Much harder to maintain in summer than winter time.

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What does it look like now?
Thought youd never ask!

Its pretty much brand new. Kidding.

Its since been drained. Needs new liner and new pump and all the lines flushed out. Sat for at least two years, along with the house. Good times.
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Is it $50/wk including chemicals? Even if it isn't I would hire it out vs. commuting. Our pool is weekly maintenance right up until the point that it hits the fan, and then it requires a ton of work. You want to avoid that if at all possible, and leaving a pool to it's own devices is a recipe for disaster!
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What does it look like now? Mine is at worst 15 mins a month of maintenance but for some people it's a never ending battle.

$50 a week sounds steep. Most people down here pay $75-120 a month but of course the expectation is year round service.

If nobody is swimming in it, over chlorination is not a problem. Dump 5 gal of chlorine in and throw in a floater with tablets.
$10 for the liquid and another $20-30 for tabs and floater.

If leaves and dirt are going to be an issue, or if the water is already looking bad, that may be different... Also how often are you gong to be there anyway? If you're gonna drop in every week, no big deal... If you're going to have to drive there just to check out the pool...
As a former pool owner I completely agree.

Just keep it looking nice but if that means vacuuming, then that adds a lot of labor.


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You have got to be kidding me? That is what it really looks like now? Definitely hire someone.
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Just saw the picture. That's $100 in chemicals and a good bit of time just to get it sorted out before you can think about going into maintenance mode...
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Originally Posted by BIG R JR View Post
Live there do-it-youself, easy to maintain. Your commuting distance hire a local pool company to maintain it till it sells. Much harder to maintain in summer than winter time.

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Getting the pool's basics back to normal takes some time. Rain and sun change the prescription on a week to week basis.

The time to spend driving makes your question seem strange. That doesn't include your taking a water sample to the shop for testing, then buying chemistry and going back to apply it; sometimes @ a few pounds every few hours.

In your case, it makes no sense to DIY...and this coming from a die-hard DIYer


P.S. just saw your photo of the pool. $100 of chemistry won't touch that scene. Not to mention the manual labor to scrub the lining, whiten the whites, and do the SS rail and the slide. Plan on....well, let the pool guys tell you local pricing, but it won't be cheap to get the pool gin-clear ASAP so you can show it.
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OMG yes yes yes that is a mess worth 50 a week its going to take a few weeks to get back on track at least.
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You guys just looked at the picture you didn't read the story. Its getting totally replaced. In three weeks I will have a brand new pool. THEN ill have to make the decision on how to deal with it.

If I remember ill take another one in the morning now that its drained. Pretty rough stuff.
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Ok, well in that case; yeah you should be able to "throw in a cup of x and a cup of y". Keep the chlorine and PH up. Use jumbo tabs and baking soda.
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OOps let it go when you replace pool have a scheduled pool service should only be 50 to 60 a month
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Getting the pool's basics back to normal takes some time. Rain and sun change the prescription on a week to week basis.

The time to spend driving makes your question seem strange. That doesn't include your taking a water sample to the shop for testing, then buying chemistry and going back to apply it; sometimes @ a few pounds every few hours.

In your case, it makes no sense to DIY...and this coming from a die-hard DIYer


P.S. just saw your photo of the pool. $100 of chemistry won't touch that scene. Not to mention the manual labor to scrub the lining, whiten the whites, and do the SS rail and the slide. Plan on....well, let the pool guys tell you local pricing, but it won't be cheap to get the pool gin-clear ASAP so you can show it.
Cheap its not, but I'm under the gun trying to get it ready for sale mid August while its still hot as hell. So i have to suck it up.I usually don't "know" my buyers. This one I've got them pegged. Family of five or six. At least three kids young. Mom has been home dealing with them all summer. Sees this giant pool, nice screened porch with a fan, and next thing you know dads cutting a check.
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The price is high, but in your situation I would work out a better deal, and let them deal with it. Our house in FL is rented, and I pay $65 a month (incl. chemicals) to keep it looking perfect. When I lived in the house, I did it myself. Probably spent at least 5-minutes a week thinking about it.
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I bought the house Last monday my dumb ass didn't turn that pool into a cesspool just so you know.
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The one in Florida I have maintained. The one in St. Louis I do it. You cannot believe the difference in pool service from Florida to Missouri. Florida I call for a repair and I get it within 24 hours. St. Louis 2 weeks.
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Don't leave the pool empty. The pressure from the ground can bend the walls. It is better to leave the pool filled until you are ready to replace the liner.

Also, adjusting the water chemistry when it is filled with the new liner can take a while depending on what the water is like that is going into the pool. I'd just let someone else worry about the pool.

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