Thinking about Building a Custom Pool? What You Should Know.

Custom pools can be much more expensive than your regular-shaped in-ground swimming pool, but there is no reason why you cannot control how much money you will fork out. The secret to good pool building is planning.

The first you need to plan for is the service providers. If you intend to build an awesome pool on your property, it is not advisable to get into DIY mode. Pool building is not as simple as it looks. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could make costly mistakes and you will end up having to redo everything from scratch. You need to employ professional custom pool builders to make sure everything goes, well, swimmingly.

Once you have seen the wisdom of turning it over to professionals, the next step in your pool building project is to get an architect to design and sketch it to scale. You can then get the total area, which will otherwise be difficult if you have an irregularly shaped, and get a rough estimate of the costs. The average cost for building an in-ground swimming pool using gunite is $50 per square foot, give or take $10, for example.

Show the sketch to different pool contractors and get estimates. Make sure the contractors you are considering have good reputations in the area. Ask neighbors with a pool about their contractor and narrow it down to three of the best ones with reasonable prices. Some pool contractors consider their work art, and may want to put in their own ideas. Listen but make sure you go with something you personally like. The artist-type also tends to charge more. Once you’ve chosen, quickly get a detailed written estimate of the work and cost.

Once you have the basic pool costs estimated, you can turn your attention to fencing and landscaping as well as other frills. Keep adding features until you wallet starts shrieking. Frills can easily double the cost of pool building. Finally, make sure you factor insurance payments into your budget, as adding a pool to your property can increase your legal liability in some instances, and as such, can affect homeowner’s insurance premiums.

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