Five questions that will help you build your pool budget.

Wondering what a new pool might cost? It’s a simple question that can be difficult to answer.  Here are five questions that will help you design and build a pool that fits your lifestyle and your budget.

  1. What size pool do you want? How many people will use it at once? What depth would you like?  Try to figure out a rough estimate of the square feet you may need. You can impact the cost of your pool by increasing or decreasing the amount of square feet.
  2. Which material will be used to build your pool? Your choices are Gunite (premium, longest lasting material for custom pools), fiberglass (factory preformed shell) and vinyl (lower cost, shorter lifespan.) See more about pool materials here.
  3. What will go around your pool? Pool deck options include pavers, stamped concrete, brushed concrete and more. Be sure to factor this cost in as well.
  4. Everyone loves the extras: Spas, bench seating, special lighting, waterfalls and fountains.   Each one adds style and character  — and cost– to your pool.
  5. Keeping your pool in tiptop operating condition requires a good cleaning system. You may also need a heating system and/or automated control system

Also, remember, all in-ground pools require fencing. So, unless you already have a fenced in yard, that will be an additional cost.

Once you have an idea of what size, type of pool and amenities you want, it’s time to meet with your pool builder and get some actual costs.  A pool is a long time dream of many homeowners. Doing some homework upfront will ensure you enjoy years of rewarding fun and relaxation.