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How Much Should You Spend This Year to Build a Swimming Pool?

Homeowners in Utah who want to build a swimming pool this year should expect to spend at least $5,000, but it’s possible to spend $65,000 on average for the service.

The actual cost of installation will depend on certain factors, such as the cost of labor, materials, and the type of pool. Choosing between an aboveground and in-ground swimming pool will greatly affect the overall price of installation. Most aboveground pools can be installed for just $3,500, while in-ground types cost at least $20,000. You should also consider maintenance expenses when planning to build a pool in your backyard.

Cost of Ownership and Maintenance

Swimming pool maintenance for Salt Lake City may cost an average of $1,000 per year if they have aboveground pools. An in-ground concrete type may require up to $4,000 in annual maintenance expenses. In-ground pools made from fiberglass and vinyl may cost between $1,000 and $1,700 to maintain every year.

If you decide to have an in-ground pool, the required maintenance involves an inspection of pH and chlorine levels at least two times every week during warm months. The ideal pH levels should range between 7.4 and 7.6, while your pool should not have more than three parts per million of chlorine. Don’t forget to ask the contractor about the most energy-efficient type of pool, as you could spend up to $2,000 per year just on utilities alone.

Temper Your Expectations

Couple relaxing in their poolHomeowners shouldn’t expect the addition of a swimming pool to increase the value of their homes significantly. It could still uplift the price of your property by up to 7%, but that may not be enough to recover the expenses from installation and maintenance. As an example, a home worth $500,000 after an appraisal means that you get $35,000 as a return on investment.

When you consider the annual maintenance, the upfront installation costs and any cost of repairs, you could only be breaking even on having a pool. If you want to increase the value of your house, a bathroom kitchen remodel are better options. You could decide on a low-end pool and spend the money on room renovations.

Affordable Choices

An aboveground pool is a more affordable choice for families who just want a way to relax during hot weather. It’s possible to spend $1,500 for a professional installer. Some additional expenses are also necessary like a screen, pool cover, or enclosure. These extras will cost you at least $600, bringing the total upfront cost to around $2,100.

You could choose among coated steel, aluminum and resin for the material. Depending on your choice of material and frequency of maintenance, an aboveground pool may last up to 10 years.

Most swimming pools take at least three months of construction, which explains the high price tag. This also serves as one reason why you should only consult a professional who specializes in pool maintenance and repairs. When choosing a contractor, you should request quotes from at least three different service providers for a better price comparison.

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