How to calculate cost of installing an inground swimming pool

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Installing an inground swimming pool in your yard will lead to a lifetime of great times and wonderful memories. Calculate the cost of installing an inground swimming pool to decide if now is the time to begin creating those memorable moments without a huge impact on the family budget.

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    Evaluate your yard. Aside from the cost of the actual pool, your specific plot of land may need grading, retaining walls or you might even have to remove trees and stumps. This additional cost varies greatly from yard to yard. Have a professional advise you on this actual cost for your yard

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    Decide on the shape and size of the inground swimming pool. A larger, deeper pool that's kidney shaped will be more expensive than a plain rectangular shaped pool.

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    Get a quote on a fence that is appealing to you, but also code compliant for a swimming pool in your area. The material, size and style of the fence you select will alter the cost, however it is a code requirement in many neighborhoods.

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    Remember the landscaping. You may complete the yard in phases, but some work needs to be completed fairly quickly. Your yard needs restoration. The trucks and heavy machinery tare up the grass. Decking around the pool is a must. Your local codes will give you the minimum, but the type and amount past the code is up to you. Accurately calculate this square footage.

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    Decide if you will heat the pool and select to have electric, gas or propane to heat your pool. Get bids on the heating equipment, connections, service and refueling charges to include in your calculations.

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    Call in the experts. Pool installation companies will send a consultant to your home to walk you through the steps of cost calculation. Compare prices from several companies, but be sure that you compare the same type pool and pool depth.

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    Add custom features. Hot tubs, automatic pool cleaners and water features are not necessary, but desired items in the pool industry. These features will all be an additional cost to calculate when calculating the final cost.

Tips and warnings

  • Water is an extra. Whether you fill your new pool from your well or have water trucked in, it does not come with the pool. You can have the swimming pool company arrange the water to be supplied, but don't forget to calculate the cost.

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