There’s no better way to cool off than take a swim in your own pool in your backyard. However, anyone who’s ever looked into adding a pool to their home knows that it’s not really a cheap undertaking. There’s a lot that goes into building a pool, from the building materials for the pool itself to the patio and other accessories. The price tag is enough to deter even the most determined homeowners. However, there are a few tricks experienced homeowners use to cut down on the costs of building a pool. In this article, we give you 5 tips to add a pool to your home with a limited budget.
Go for a Smaller Pool
According to the experts at Payan Pools, this is one of the most common budgeting mistakes homeowners make when adding a pool. In most cases, the size of the pool does not matter. If you plan on throwing parties every night for the rest of your life, a big pool is a logical choice. However, it’s more likely that you’ll have friends and family over once or twice a month. A small pool is enough for the family to enjoy. And even when you do invite guests over, they are not going to be taking a dip all at the same time. A smaller pool makes much more sense budget-wise, and you don’t have to worry about the pool not being able to take all of your guests in.
Add Extra Patio Later
The most expensive element of any swimming pool is usually the patio. However, if you get a smaller patio when building a pool you can save a lot if you are working on a budget. Of course, you can add more patio later when you’re in a better financial situation. If you are planning on adding a patio to your existing pool you should consider pavers. The reason is that pavers are highly flexible and fit in with other patio types.
Hold off adding a Heater
A heater is one of the most popular pool additions. As the name implies, it helps keep your pool warm during the colder days. But instead of adding a heater right away, perhaps you should put it off for at least a year. That way you’ll get to see if you actually need one. There are various different types, including those coming with a chiller which can cool your pool during hot summer days. Since heaters are quite expensive it makes more sense to see if you actually need it.
Adding Slides and Other Features
The same logic that applies to the water heater applies to the rest of pool features like LED lighting or waters slides as well. However, by planning ahead you can save even more. Add the base for the plumbing and the wiring required for these features right away so you can avoid costly plumbing additions down the road. This can save you thousands of dollars down the road and get you one step closer to enjoying these great features in the future.
Add the Cover at the End of the Season
Homeowners who purchase security covers may want to wait until the end of the season to install the cover. A lot of homeowners chooses to add the pool in the beginning of the year, so it makes sense to wait until you can no longer use the pool to add the security covers, as you have no use for them during the summer. This can help you get back on your feet, as these covers can cost more than $1000 to install.