Are you thinking of installing a swimming pool in your backyard? A pool is great for exercise, relaxation, and entertainment and it can also increase the value of your home but how much does a swimming pool really cost? Read on to learn more.
If you've got your heart set on a pool but you have a limited budget, the cheapest option is an above ground pool. These can cost around $3,000 or so and this includes the pumps, filters, and ladders that you need. If you want to put in a timber deck around the pool to hide the outside and jazz it up a bit, the deck will set you back anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000, depending on how large the deck is.
If you're opting for an in-ground pool, the costs will start to go up. In-ground pools can cost from $10,000 to $30,000 or more, depending on the size and type of pool that you want to install. Don't forget that you will also have to factor in the cost of getting the soil excavated. For pool design ideas check out our photos of pools.
You will most likely need to hire a pool contractor to manage the construction and installation of your pool. Make sure that you get several quotes first as the cost will vary between different places and also between the different pools themselves. Before accepting a quote and signing a contract, ensure that you know exactly what you are getting for your money.
It is not just the cost of the pool itself that you have to consider. There are extras to consider as well, some of which are necessary (such as pool fencing which is a legal requirement), and some of which are luxuries (such as feature tiles, waterfalls etc). Also consider what landscaping and pool surrounds you will have.
Water restrictions are in place in many parts of the country and you may have to pay for the cost of filling the pool, depending on which part of Australia you live. This can add thousands of dollars to the total cost of your pool.
Once the pool is installed, you will have to maintain it - ensuring that the water quality is correct, and the pool remains clean. The chemicals to do so can cost up to $50 a month, depending on how large your pool is. As well, there is lighting and heating to consider. To save costs on these, use solar heating and lighting systems.
Save yourself some money by using a pool cover to keep the water cleaner and to minimise evaporation, and run the filtration system during off peak hours.
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