Most people dream about owning a home with a swimming pool. It is part of the “American Dream” and allows you to relax in the summer and entertain family and friends. A swimming pool is a nice addition to any residence and increases the value of your property. If you are considering installing a swimming pool, there are a number of things to keep in mind.
When choosing the design of a new swimming pool, you will need to decide if you want an in-ground swimming pool or an above-ground swimming pool. Also, there are additional costs that you will have which involve the upkeep and maintenance of the pool. Finally, you need to determine the location where you plan to install your new swimming pool as there may be ground leveling or utility relocating required.
An above-ground swimming pool is a great way to enjoy your summer without digging up your yard. You will need to make sure that you have level ground prior to installing the pool; however, the installation of an above-ground pool can be done rather quickly.
When you are looking to purchase an above-ground pool, you need to know that most of them come in kits that include the filtration system, pool cover, and liner. Make sure that you are away what comes in the kit that you want to purchase as you may end up paying additional money in the long run if the kit does not include the necessary items that you need.
Above-ground pools come in either circular or oval patterns and are measured by their diameter. The average size swimming pool is 20 feet and will run you approximately $5,000 to $8,000 installed. This price includes minor leveling of the ground, installation of the pool and liner, and the setup of the filtration system.
An in-ground swimming pool will run you quite a bit more than an above-ground pool. First, you will have to pay for excavation of the ground. You will also need to purchase a heavy duty liner for the ground and tile for the sides (and bottom if you choose). Cost will include pouring of concrete for the bottom of the pool and back fill for the edge of the pool once it is installed.
Assuming that you do not need to relocate any utilities, an in-ground pool will cost you approximately $15,000 to $20,000. This is for an average size pool that measures 15 feet by 30 feet with a slope from 3 feet to 8 feet. This cost includes excavation, materials, and installation.
A swimming pool is just like a dog. You don’t just pay a one-time fee and hope that it survives. There is constant feeding and grooming involved. In the same way, a swimming pool must be cleaned on a regular basis and involves the use of chemicals that can only be purchased from an authorized pool retailer. Make sure that you are willing to spend a little bit of money and spend some extra time to take care of the cleaning and maintenance (“I promise I will feed him and walk him, dad.”).
Ground leveling is also something that you will want to keep in mind. Although the ground where you want to install your pool may look level, there will still need to be some minor (or possibly major) ground moving and excavating prior to installation. Make sure that your contractor includes this in the estimate for installation.
Fencing is also something that you will need to budget for. Most local jurisdictions have regulations that state you must install a certain type and height of fence around any swimming pool. Check with your local municipality to obtain a copy of these regulations.
Finally, if you live in an area that requires you to maintain your own well water and septic system, you should probably figure out where these are buried prior to doing any excavating. This also includes any underground utilities that are running to your house. It will cost you to relocate these items; however, it will cost you even more if you destroy any of these without taking the time to figure out where they are.
To get a better idea of costs, here are some swimming pool estimates from professionals.
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