Budget for an in-ground swimming pool
Town & Country Pool Builders, serving the Maryland, Virginia and DC areas offer pool budget ideas
Putting together a budget for your swimming pool project is the first step in the process of becoming a swimming pool owners. The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools in Maryland say you don’t want to have a $10,000 budget for a $100,000 pool dream. Potential swimming pool owners are surprised when they discover there are “add ons” to the project or cost over runs or the purchase of equipment they hadn’t planned for. Knowing what you will be getting, and the cost of it all, up front will help you know what you can afford, what might need to be put on a back burner and what your repayment costs will be.
Here are some potential pool costs you will want to talk with your contractor about when working up a quote for your swimming pool project:
- Safety fences and pool enclosures are required and must be budgeted for.
- Pool alarms and other safety equipment should be factored into the pool budget.
- Budget for a deck in the upfront planning process.
- Budget for additional landscaping such as an outdoor kitchen, gazebo, outdoor cooking area, plants, pergolas, trees or even an extended deck.
- In pool lighting – this makes it safer to swim at night, and enhances the ambiance for night time parties. Your pool contractor can installed recess LED lights into the pool walls and floor as part of the overall construction project.
- Accessories such as a diving board, sun shelves, rock waterfall or slide are items that will amp up the fun and add to the price tag.
- Don’t forget to budget for ongoing maintenance and upkeep as well as the increase in your utility bills.
Your pool contractor will provide you with an estimate on the project for the construction, the equipment and the accessories you will want to have installed in the pool, but there is always a potential for cost overruns that you will want to ask him about and be prepared for.