How much does it cost to install a home swimming pool?
There are plenty of benefits to be had from having a swimming pool installed on your property. It’s a fun place to hang out and socialize, you get to exercise by swimming and you can add a significant amount of money to the value of your property, should you ever decide to sell. But, how much does the installation process cost?
The first thing to say is that it always costs a significant amount of money to have a pool installed. The second thing is that the cost of a pool can vary greatly, depending on the material used, the size and position of the pool and what additions are required. Let’s take a look at some of the general costs you should expect.
The basic installation of a pool
Pools can be made from concrete, vinyl or fiberglass. You can click this link, to find out more about the different types of pool available. The cost varies, depending on which material you choose.
- Concrete pools tend to be larger. They also need a lot of maintenance as they can be prone to the build-up of algae. This build-up means that they have to be acid washed every three to five years. The main positives of concrete pools are that they can be built to customized designs and they are highly durable. You should normally expect to pay between $50,000 and $100,000 for this type of pool.
- Vinyl pools can also be customized. They are also a lot easier to keep clean than concrete pools. If you have some time and patience, you may even be able to clean a vinyl pool yourself. This type of pool normally costs between $35,000 and $50,000 to install.
- Fiberglass pools come in a pre-designed molded shape. The earth has to be excavated to that shape. The installation process is not as complicated as that for concrete and vinyl pools. Some people deal with the installation themselves, although seeking professional assistance is usually the best option. Fiberglass pools are also easier to maintain. You should expect to pay between $45,000 and $85,000 for one of these pools.
These are the average purchase and installation costs, for these types of pool. But, there are other costs that need to be factored in.
What other costs do you need to think about?
You should now have a better idea of how much it costs to buy, and install, a pool. There are other costs you need to consider; some essential and some not. Here are some of those costs.
- Ongoing cost of maintenance.
- Fencing for safety. This is essential, especially if you have children living in your home, or visiting. Building regulations can also demand this.
- Diving boards.
- Additional spas.
- Decks around the pool.
- Features such as rocks.
This list is not exhaustive, but it does give you an idea about other items you need to budget for.
A pool is a major investment but it can also add a significant amount to the value of your property. That is aside from all the fun you can have using it.