Custom Inground Pools & Spas: Swimming Pool Basics

Friday, June 19, 2009

Swimming Pool Basics

Tight budgets are making the move to owning a swimming pool look like a nice alternative for many families. A swimming pool will be with your property for years to come, while a one week vacation for your family could cost just as much as a pool and be done in seven days. Many swimming pool options are now available to fit various financial limitations.

Some people prefer going to public pools because they seem to have a lower cost on a per visit basis over a single season. Pools that are open to the public generally charge either a one time per season membership fee or a per visit price. The reality is that paying for a public pool pass can become expensive over time. Often more expensive than installing your own above ground pool.

For private ownership, above ground swimming pools are generally much less expensive than the in ground alternative. Even among above ground pools there can be a great variation in cost. Inflatable above ground swimming pools are usually the least expensive option. These are usually designed to be set up on a level area by a few people in one days time.

The above ground pools that get "winterized" are a popular option today. They are large enough to be enjoyed by several people but do not carry the very high price tag of an in ground swimming pool.

Expenses related to the installation of an above ground pool can add up quickly. Pools costs include the pool itself, preparing the poolscape area, running electricity to the pool area, any decking that may be added on, and of course, labor. If you are going for an installation of all new materials, this could end up costing several thousand dollars.

It may help to take the sting out of paying for an in ground pool if you think of it as an investment in your property. If you would ever decide to sell, you should stress the pool as a selling point. No one can promise what you will get out of your investment, but generally, pools look good on a property if they are maintained properly.

Generally speaking, an in ground pool is the most expensive option you can choose. Some areas or housing plans will only allow this type of pool to be installed. In addition, there may be other codes or laws in your area regarding swimming pools that you should familiarize yourself with before moving forward with any pool plans.

No matter what swimming pool option you may choose, get all of your costs added up before ever making your purchase. Your new pool shouldn't cost so much that it destroys your budget. Shop wisely and take care of the pool you decide to purchase. Today's pools can last for several years and serve as a great addition to your home and property.
Author: MichaelWellingsley

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