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What Determines The Cost Of Building A Swimming Pool?

Irene Montgomery

A swimming pool offers a good relaxation spot where you can unwind after a long day or catch up with friends over the weekend. It also enhances the overall appearance of a home and increases its value. 

Are you considering installing a pool in your yard but are worried about installation costs? 

Swimming pool construction costs vary widely; some cost a few thousand dollars, while others cost a fortune. The price variation occurs because pools are constructed differently, depending on a homeowner's preference, available space, local regulations, and budget. 

Read on to learn what determines the cost of building a swimming pool.

Type Of Pool

There are several types of swimming pools, each with a different building cost. Some are expensive, while others are more affordable. For example, swimming pool contractors charge more to build in-ground pools than above-ground ones. The two vary in price since inground pools require excavation while above-ground pools do not. 

The size of a pool also determines its cost. A large one will cost more than a small one as it requires more materials and labor hours. 

Additionally, the material of a swimming pool determines its overall cost. For instance, a swimming pool made of concrete costs more than one made of vinyl. 


A home's location is one factor most people overlook when estimating the cost of building a swimming pool. Your location determines how much you will spend to obtain permits since different states have different regulations. 

Additionally, it determines how much you pay for labor costs. Mostly, labor costs are higher in urban areas than in rural areas.

Ground Conditions

Most yards have fine soil that is easy to build a pool on. However, some yards have not-so-friendly ground conditions, such as a hard rock surface that requires extra digging. Such conditions increase the overall cost of building a pool. 

It is advisable to give information about the ground condition of your yard to swimming pool contractors during the consultation stage to avoid incurring extra costs later. The contractors may also conduct a soil test before bringing any digging equipment to your home. 

Additional Features

You can choose several additional features to make your pool more functional and appealing. These include LED lights, waterfalls, and fountains. The features you choose will determine the total building cost. The more the additions, the deeper you dig into your pockets. 

If you are on a tight budget, you can get the additional features later and first focus on the must-haves, such as lighting.

Contact a swimming pool contractor for more information. 


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Adding Value to My Home

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!