Is It Possible to Get A Pool On a Budget?
Pools make fantastic features in the back yard and can provide for long days of fun in the sun.
If you’ve been dreaming of a pool but think you can’t afford it, here are some things to consider:
How Much Do Pools Cost?
There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when quoting the cost of a pool.
Beyond space considerations, it really depends on what kind of pool you’re looking for. Most in-ground pools will begin somewhere around $10,000, but that’s the bare minimum.
When you ask for a quote, an installer will need to know some specifics about your property and preferences before being able to present you with a legitimate cost estimate.
If they give you a quote without knowing the details first, this is a red flag and can be a sign that they’re not a reputable or reliable distributor.
Here are some factors that will influence the cost.
Factors That Can Influence Cost
Pool Size and Shape
As a rule of thumb, the bigger the pool, the more costly it is likely to be. To save money, you may want to consider slimming the size down slightly.
Also, a custom shaped pool (for example if you’re designing a pool that fits with the contours of your yard) is more likely to be very expensive. A traditionally shaped pool (e.g. rectangular) will be cheaper.
When deciding on pool size and shape, it’s important to know how big or small your pool needs to be. This depends on your local land laws. You may need to make some enquiries before committing to the purchase.
Also, there is a minimum size your pool will need to be if you want to install certain features such as a diving board. To dive into water safely, it must be at least 7.5 feet deep, 15 feet wide and 28 feet long.
Many pools we install look great with underwater night lights and patterned tiles on the bottom, but these features can add quite a bit into the upfront cost of a pool.
To keep the price down, you could purchase a standard pool at the outset and add in these features over time.
Materials and Accents
Much of the money spent on a new pool is in the stonework that contains the pool and deck.
A cost saving idea can be to opt for a simple stained concrete which can give the illusion of being high end stone. Similarly, there are some cheaper tiles that can be used instead of specialty ones.
Decking is something that doesn’t necessarily need to be added right away. It is lovely and greatly improves the usability of your pool, but it’s not a must.
To save on costs, you could leave the decking until a later date. All that you really need in the beginning is a step from the pool to the backyard.
Plants transform the look of a bland boring pool and create a lush, even lagoon-like feel.
But if the cost of plants on top of the cost of a pool feels rather nerve-wracking, this is an element that is not absolutely necessary.
Plants can wait, as you have the ability to place or grow these over the months (or years) to follow.
In some circumstances, it is ok to cut costs or go for a slightly cheaper option. But when it comes to pool equipment, this is a bad idea.
High quality pool equipment will prevent many faults from occurring in the future, which in turn will save money in the long run.
Select a Qualified Professional
Pool installers should be knowledgeable in their field and should stick to a code of ethics to ensure optimal safety for you and your family.
To ensure the company you hire meets these expectations, choose a registered and reliable professional with a good reputation in the industry.
When choosing your pool, there are a number of factors you’ll need to think about prior to handing over any money. This includes size, style, equipment, features and your overall plan for the yard and landscape.
Beware of budget installers promising low prices.
While it is possible to break up some of the elements of pool installation over time to make it easier on your wallet, there are aspects you should not skimp on.
At Pleasure Pools, we take the time to give you a full estimate, with all your special preferences considered. Get in touch with us today for a professional consultation to go over all of your options!