A lot of the phone calls and emails we get about pools ask about the cost, which makes sense! When you're looking to purchase something like a pool, it is important to look at all the facts and figures. Not only how much the pool is going to cost you, but how much a more expensive option may save you in the long term, and looking at a variety of options to see what you really want and what is not important.
Buying a pool is a lot like buying a car – if you REALLY want those leather seats, you'd better get them from the start. So, it's good to look at all available options and make sure you are educated on what is available to you in your area.
Start simple: How much does an inground pool cost?
There are a number of factors, like we said. Size and shape can vary to match your imagination on these liner pools! They can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Rectangles, circles, kidney bean shapes, free-style … it's all up to you. There can also be added costs based on whether you want a deep end, extra plumbing for your filter or vacuum system, water features (waterfalls, etc).
A good guideline is that you can expect to spend around $ 30,000-35,000 on a high quality practical inground pool – one that has everything you NEED and a few things you WANT, but stands fairly minimal. If you want to have more features, sometimes even some automation of the pool systems so that it's even lower maintenance for you, think of the $ 45,000-65,000 range. Installation is included in these prices, as well as equipment. How much your pool costs is really up to you! There are, like I said, many options to pick and choose from!
Next Step: What are some accessories I may want on my pool?
NOW we get to dive into the options a little bit. On the practical side, there are different choices you can make on your filtering system, covers (manual? Automatic?), Heating, sanitizing, and cleaning systems. You can ALSO get to look at different styles of diving boards, slides, water features such as waterfalls, lighting, and of course …. pool toys! While there are a lot of details that go into building and setting up your dream pool, you do not need to stress about them – that's why you go to a knowledgeable pool builder who has years of experience but is not a push sales -person. Try to work with someone who will give you all of your options, and explain what is vital and important and what may simply bring you extra joy, and who will let you make the decisions.
Think a bit of the landscaping, seating areas, tanning areas, and other things you may want around your pool.
Whatever you do, think of the big picture. If all you think of is how much money you are going to spend or not spend, you may end up with something you do not enjoy. And if you do not enjoy it, then you did not spend that money well. Take the time to figure out what you want and how you plan to use it, or visit your local pool sales locations and talk to their consultants. That is what they are there for! Always get a couple of different quotes, and go with the dealer you trust, not necessarily the one that is less expensive.