Having an inground pool in Mississippi is an amazing gift, but it’s also a major investment for many families. Fortunately, there are ways to make a pool installation more affordable without sacrificing the quality and features you want. On top of paying for the cost of installation, be sure to factor in pool maintenance costs. Some of the decisions you make early on can save you money in the long run.
Below are some of our best tips for building an affordable inground swimming pool.
Choose a Vinyl Liner Pool
Vinyl swimming pools are cheaper than fiberglass and concrete. However, you will have to replace the liner every so often, and this can be expensive. Vinyl liners are also more likely to get damaged. Despite these added costs, the initial price of a vinyl pool is more affordable than others. Even when it does come time to replace the liner, you can choose a different pattern and give your pool a refresh.
Go with a Smaller Design
Big pools are definitely attractive, but they also require more materials, more labor and more maintenance. A great way to save money is by scaling back the size of your pool. Plus, you’ll have more room for other things like a fire pit, trampoline or swing set.
Install a Pool During the Fall Season
Spring and summer are the most popular months for building pools. Because fall is slower, you may be able to get a better price if you install during this time. With fewer projects scheduled, some contractors are more flexible on price. At the very least, pool equipment is often on sale at this time of the year so you can upgrade without paying more.
Keep it Basic
When you’re trying to save money, it’s best to keep your pool design simple. Optional features will drive up your cost quickly, so it’s best to save your budget for the things you must have such as a fence, a durable liner and other safety features. To help with this, we recommend making a list of your wants and needs. This way, you can narrow down your features more easily.
Work with a Qualified Pool Contractor
Get several bids for your pool project and make sure to compare apples to apples. Don’t just go with the lowest bidder, regardless of their qualifications. Often, lower-than-average bids mean that the contractor is cutting corners such as by using budget materials. In the end, the most expensive pool is the one that has to be redone.
Purchase Energy Efficient Equipment
To reduce pool maintenance costs, consider upgrading to an energy efficient pool pump or variable speed pump. Even though it’s more expensive on the front end, it will save energy. Also, you probably don’t need to run the pool filter all day. Usually running it at night is enough. Finally, purchase a pool cover that will help your pool retain heat.
There are many ways to save on a swimming pool and Paradise Pools can help! Contact us today to learn more about our pool installation services and what we recommend for budget-conscious customers.