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5 Costs to Consider When Getting a New Pool

Putting a pool in your backyard is a fantastic decision! It means you will have access to relief from the hot summer sun whenever you want it and that your kids have the opportunity to become very comfortable in the water, giving them time away from the DVDs and the game consoles, getting exercise, and improving their safety around the water.

When determining whether it is the right thing to do, make sure your family will actually use it, and then consider the costs. There are quite a few hits to the hip pocket that come along with a pool, so be prepared, know what you’re in for – and then think of the great times you are going to have in your new pool!

1. Pool

The pool is the most obvious cost, and these come in a variety of price ranges. You can select from above ground and below ground options, with a number of different sizes and shapes to choose from. Make sure what you choose is practical for your backyard, and if you’re looking for something long-term that will improve the value of your property, think about a permanent, in-ground pool.

2. Labour

In addition to the pool itself, you will need to consider the cost of labour to install it into your backyard. Go to a range of pool supplies stores and get a number of quotes so you can compare and find the best value for your dollar, and a price range that will fit in with your budget. Make sure, when comparing prices, that your labourer is reputable and hasn’t had any complaints in the past. One who is recommended is always your best bet!

3. Landscaping

After putting in the pool, your backyard may be in a slight state of disarray. If you are investing the dollars to put in a pool, you should also consider putting in the dollars to make the area appealing. In order for it to add value to your home, it needs to look good. The landscaping around the area, even the surface you use around the water’s edge – cement grass, pavers, timber, or others – can really make a difference. If you can afford it, talk to a professional about how to make the most of the area and make it look its best. If not, head online and look at ways others have made the most of their area and look into quote for similar finishes.

4. Safety

Another element to take into consideration is the safety of your family when it comes to the pool. Legally, for safety reasons, you are required to put in a fence around the pool area. Look into a range of options and quotes and consider something that suits your landscaping and garden.

5. Maintenance

When you buy a pool, you also need to consider there will be ongoing maintenance costs and accessories like your pool filter and pump. Your pool pump will add to your electricity bill and you will also need to purchase chlorine on an ongoing basis.

While there are ongoing costs, the benefits definitely outweigh them, think of all the great summer fun you will have!

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