Building an in-ground pool is a dream for many homeowners. What better way to spend a hot summer day than relaxing in your very own pool? Of course, in-ground pools don't come cheap; with excavation and construction costs, it's not uncommon for even a basic in-ground pool to cost tens of thousands of dollars. And while specific pricing will vary from region to region, there are some universal tips you can follow to save on your pool costs up front and down the road.
Compromise on Size or Depth
One of the most expensive aspects of building an in-ground pool is excavation. This may be especially true if you live in a region with rocky soil. By reducing the size and/or depth of your pool, you can reduce the amount of excavation needed and thus save a pretty penny on construction costs. You don't have to make huge compromises here to enjoy significant savings, either.
Opt for a Stamped Concrete Pool Deck
There are all kinds of extravagant pool deck options available that may be tempting, but if you're looking for something practical and durable, there's nothing wrong with a basic concrete pool deck. This affordable option will hold up to the elements and can be dressed up with outdoor rugs, patio furniture, and ambient lighting. For a slightly higher cost, a stamped concrete patio can even help you achieve a high-end look at an affordable price.
Choose Features Wisely
There are numerous features you'll likely be offered as add-on options for your in-ground pool. However, some of these not only add up-front cost to your project, but can be a long-term maintenance hassle as well. Consider, for example, water features (such as fountains). These are undoubtedly beautiful to look at, but they're costly, will increase your water bill, and will need regular maintenance. Instead, consider making a more affordable statement by installing color-changing lights inside your pool.
Select a Reputable Pool Builder
Choosing a reputable and experienced pool builder now will save you money in the long run by making sure that your pool installation job is done right the first time. From there, you can avoid costly maintenance hassles and premature repairs.
It's no secret that building an in-ground pool is costly, but these tips can help you save. Also, remember that adding a pool to your property can increase your home's resale value, so you can enjoy a return on investment down the road.
My husband and I are considering selling our small brick home in the near future. While we’ve completed some work on this house recently, we know we will need to do a few more things before we put it on the market. For instance, we need to replace some of the flooring, paint some of the walls, and replace some of the siding on the front porch. In addition, we may want to add a pool to the backyard. Because we live in the hot southern United States, many of our neighbors have pools. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of pools to install in a home you may sell in the near future. Enjoy!