Benefits & Income Potential

Owning a pool route business can be very rewarding. If you are looking for a better career or to sell your pool accounts, we can make it happen. We have full-time and part-time pool routes for sale in your area. We are one of the top Pool Route Brokers in the country. With over 30 years combined industry experience, we can help find a pool route that is right for you.

Benefits Of The Pool Route Business

  • Service businesses are Recession Proof
  • Predictable monthly cash flow from service customers
  • You don’t work nights or weekends
  • The pool service business is easy to learn
  • Very low startup costs
  • Support for new pool service professionals
  • Service businesses are Recession Proof
  • Predictable monthly cash flow from service customers
  • You don’t work nights or weekends
  • The pool service business is easy to learn
  • Very low startup costs
  • Support for new pool service professionals

Income Potential

There are two main areas of income in owning a Pool Route Business.

  • Monthly Pool Service Billing Income
  • Repairs / Maintenance Income

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A pool service professional will make about $50 – $60 per hour cleaning and servicing pools. That amount will increase to $150 – $200 per hour doing minor repairs/maintenance on the pool equipment. The expenses to run a pool service business should be about 20% of the monthly service billing amount. The primary expenses in a pool service business are pool chemicals, gas, insurance and office supplies. The average pool route business owner, running the route correctly should have a yearly net income (income after expenses) of $75,000 to $85,000 per year. This net income amount will vary slightly depending on the average service rates for the area.

The key to running a pool service route correctly is keeping the expenses to a minimum and making sure you are charging the proper rates for pool service in your area. You can help keep expenses lower by running your business out of your house, using a small truck to save on gas and shopping the different suppliers for the best prices on chemicals and equipment.

Income Example:

A pool service professional with a monthly service billing amount of $6,000 receives $72,000 per year servicing/cleaning pools. As stated above, expenses for running a pool service business are approximately 20% of the service billing amount. This pool service professional will have a net income from “service only” of approximately $57,600 ($72,000 – 20% expenses). The amount of income generated from minor repairs/maintenance and the sale of pool parts/accessories should be about 50% of the service net amount (It may take a new pool service professional a year or more in the business before they will make repair/maintenance income around 50% of service net). In this example the pool service professional will have a net income of about $57,000 from pool service and an additional $28,000 net income from minor repairs/maintenance and selling pool parts/accessories. The total annual net income the pool professional in this example will make is about $85,000.

How Many Pools Can You Service?

The number of pool accounts that can be serviced in a day will depend on the type of pool service that each account receives. There are typically two or three different types of weekly services that pool professionals will offer. The names of the services might vary slightly with each company.

Income Example

A pool account customer that wants everything taken care of for them by the pool professional will require Full Pool Service. Full pool service accounts will take longer than the other type of service, but these accounts will be charged more monthly. A typical pool professional can handle 2-3 full service accounts per hour including drive time.

Chemicals Only Service

The other type of pool service is Chemicals Only Service. With this type of account, the pool professional will take care of balancing the water and the customer will clean their own pool. These take less time than the full service accounts and the typical pool professional can service 4-6 per hour depending on the distance between the accounts.

Chemical Plus Service

Some professionals in the industry will offer an additional service that is somewhere between Chemical Only and Full Service. The Chemical Plus service can include additional services such as; emptying debris baskets, cleaning the filter, brushing, etc. The amount of time it takes to service this type of account will be determined by the type of services the pool professional provides.

Commercial Pool Service

A commercial account is a public pool such as an apartment pool, hotel pool, etc. A commercial pool account will typically take more time than a residential account. Some commercial pools need to be serviced several times per week. Typically, a pool professional will charge the commercial account much more than a residential pool account.