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How to save money on buying a pool

08,Nov 2021

If you’re considering getting an inground swimming pool, you may be wondering how to get a swimming pool while also saving money. At Swimming Pool Discounters, we have decades of experience in the swimming pool industry and have put together some tips on how to make the right choices when choosing to build and own an inground swimming pool. 

How much does an inground pool cost to build?

Cost is a major factor when choosing the right pool for your home. One major cost factor is the material you choose. Vinyl liner, fiberglass, and concrete all vary in cost and have different benefits to meet your needs. We’ve put together the average price ranges you can expect depending on the material you choose for your inground pool:

  • Vinyl Liner- $35,000 to $65,000
  • Fiberglass- $40,000 to $85,000
  • Concrete- $50,000 to $100,000

While these prices may seem a bit steep, you will find that a swimming pool is a great investment for your family and will also help to raise the value and curb appeal of your home. Like many other homeowners, you are likely trying to keep your costs low, or maybe the pool you are interested in is out of your price range. If either of these is the case, consider our tips for saving on inground swimming pool costs.

How can I save money on my inground pool?

Go for A Smaller PoolOne way you can save on your inground pool is to choose a smaller design, such as a 12 x14 ft inground pool. Many families are perfectly satisfied with this size pool and do not require the space that larger, deeper pools offer. 

Add Upgrades Later On

If you’re interested in upgrades, like a pool heater, you may want to wait until later to add them. Items like pool covers, pool heaters, patios, and other pool upgrades can all be added later when your budget allows.

 Build in the Off-Season

Many pool builders may offer discounts in the fall or winter seasons. Consider scheduling your build during these downtimes, rather than in the spring and summer when they are likely to be busy. 

How can I save on pool installation costs?

While you can save thousands with DIY pool installation, we strongly warn against doing this on your own. A DIY pool installation can go wrong in a number of ways and can leave you with a mess that you will need to pay a professional to fix in the end. 

You may consider doing the excavation yourself or installing the patio later as a DIY project which may help save on costs, but overall, we recommend that you use a professional pool installer for the best results. The best way to save on a pool installation is to opt for a basic installation package that includes all the necessities and some concrete work around the perimeter of the pool.

When your budget allows, you can add a patio and other add-ons later. If you want the upgrades and a complete pool patio during the initial installation, you may consider a turn-key package. Adding accessories to your project can raise the cost, so it is important to make sure the accessories you want will fit into your budget; some popular accessories and their costs include:

  • LED lights- $700-$900
  • Saltwater chlorinator- $1,700 – $2,5000
  • Cascade waterfall- around $1,000
  • Automatic pool cover- $12,000-$22,000

As you can see from the pricing of some pool accessories above, adding too many can quickly raise your costs on a limited budget. 

Future Costs to Consider When Owning a Pool

Once the installation is complete, you will then need to cover operating expenses for your pool, such as maintenance costs. Your pool will require special attention to ensure that it functions and looks its best throughout the years. The best way to prevent costly repairs and renovation to your pool is to properly maintain it. You may be wondering, how much does it cost to maintain a pool?

These costs will depend on the type of pool you have. Here are our estimates for maintenance costs for each type of pool:

Fiberglass- For electricity and chemicals, you can expect to spend roughly $375 per year for your fiberglass pool. This low cost comes from the smooth surface of a fiberglass pool that makes it more algae resistant. This means you won’t need as many chemicals, and you won’t have to run your filter as long as with other pool types. 

Concrete- You can expect the chemicals and electricity costs to reach around $1,00 a year. You will also need to pay for acid washing every 3-5 years, which costs about $450 for each wash. The pool will also need to be refinished every 10 to 15 years which can cost anywhere from $10,000 and up for each refinish. 

Vinyl- Vinyl liner pool chemicals and electrical costs run about $700 per year. A vinyl pool liner will need to be replaced about every 5-9 years, which can cost about $4,500 per replacement. 

Ready to Start Shopping for Your Inground Pool?

Swimming Pool Discounters can help! We have a large selection of budget-friendly vinyl liner pools, concrete pools, and fiberglass options to meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more!