Swimming Pools 101

By: Michael Wellingsley

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.
Public pools are probably the least expensive option in the short term. Public pools are generally open to the public to use as a fee that is determined by the site. These can be quite large and can have many added features such as diving boards and wading areas that most home pools do not offer. The down side of this option is that paying for public swimming either by membership or by the visit can get expensive over time.
Pools costs can vary widely if you decide to make the investment in an installation. Inflatable above ground pools are the cheapest option. More expensive, but still reasonable, are above ground swimming pools designed to stay out during the winter as semi-permanent fixtures. Finally, the most expensive option is the full in ground pool installation.
More permanent above ground pools can become quite elaborate. These pools are not meant to be moved on a regular basis and are "winterized" rather than taken down when the seasons change. This option is considerably more expensive than the inflatable pools available, but still much less expensive than having an in ground pool installed.
You can end up spending a few thousand "extra" dollars on above ground pool installations. Things to consider before committing include getting electrical power to the pool site, getting the site level, labor, and decking if you are considering it.
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.
Installing a swimming pool can be a great choice for some people. The convenience of having a pool just outside your door during the hot summer months is wonderful. Before buying a pool, weigh the costs involved and then compare that to your budget. Also be sure to check out local ordinances and laws before proceeding. Be sure to build to code and to get all necessary permits before beginning your project. Get the pool that fits your needs and it can bring you many summers of fun with family and friends.

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