In the hottest months of the summer, picturing a refreshing dip in your own backyard pool can be an irresistible thought. From humid, still air and a beating sun to crisp, refreshing waves in minutes! The realities of installing a pool and how much that might cost will take a little longer to consider as many variables will affect the bottom line. Here are the most important costs to consider, aside from the cost of the pool itself.
Excavation & Preparation
Every site must be properly prepared before installing an inground pool to get long-lasting results. Excavation costs typically range from $1000 to $5000, but solid rock and other obstacles can be more expensive to work around. It can also cost more if large equipment such as loaders and trucks cannot reach the area as all the work will have to be completed by hand.
Tools & Equipment
Every pool must have a filtration system and chemicals to keep the water clean and safe for swimming. The type of system you choose will depend on your budget, the type of pool you’re installing, and how frequently the water will need to be cleaned.
There are lots of optional additions to consider, too. For example, adding a heater can help get your pool open sooner in the spring and extend swim time into the cooler months. Lighting can help set the mood and allow for swimming after dark. Diving boards and slides add to the cost, but also to the fun.
Safety & Accessibility
In most cases, state and local ordinances require new pool installations to be enclosed by a safety barrier–usually a fence–and there are strict requirements in terms of height and distance between slats, gates, and other openings. There are also several requirements regarding entranceways to the pool, including self-latching gates and locking devices. If your yard is unfenced or not up to current standards, it must be remedied.
Once the minimum requirements have been made, you’ll have to consider what’s comfortable for you and your family. For example, many families enjoy a deck built around the area for poolside relaxation, or extending a patio to incorporate the pool.
Landscaping & Finishing
Once the installation is complete, the pool installation company will clean up the construction site and make sure it’s safe and ready for operation. However, many homeowners also choose to add additional landscaping and features to complement the new pool. From simple sod to elaborate gardens, finishing the landscaping following a pool installation can add to the overall expense of the project.
Getting the Most Value for Your Budget
The first step for any pool installation is to talk with your contractor. They will inspect your property and the proposed site for the installation as well as take note of features, accessories, and landscaping that you would like to add. Before any work begins, you’ll be given an accurate estimate for the total cost, and you’ll have an opportunity to go over your options with an expert to make sure you’re getting what’s right for you, your home, and your family.
Want to learn more about choosing the right type of pool for your home or are you ready to get your project started?