Fact-check series: Swimming Pool Costs

Swimming pool buyers are motivated to find the best design and the best features.  So, what does a swimming pool cost to build?

For three types of swimming pools

Vinyl-liner swimming pools

$30,000 to $50,000

Fiberglass swimming pools

$40,000 to $80,000

Gunite or concrete swimming pools

$50,000 to $100,000

A gunite or concrete spa will add

$10,000 to $15,000

The three different structures will have different costs, for installation and features.

For your best choice, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is timing important? Do you want a pool installed in the shortest possible time frame?  Then, fiberglass swimming pools are the best alternatives.
  • Is cost important? Do you want the lowest cost swimming pool?  Then, vinyl-liner pools are the best alternatives.
  • Is customizing important? Do you prefer something unique and customized?  Then, concrete or gunite swimming pools are the best alternatives.

So, let’s ask some more questions to continue with pros and cons.  You will want to solve the problem of buying the best for you.

Some obstacles of buying a swimming pool

  • Base pricing will confuse you.
  • Financing will be difficult.
  • Custom designs are hard to compare.

What is base pricing for swimming pools?

These are formulated quantities to standard sizes for first time pool buyers.

Why will base pricing comparisons drive you crazy?

Some pool builders create affordable looking swimming pool packages.  Base prices are marketing tools, which make the cost of buying a pool affordable.

Here are some shopping strategies for a swimming pool.

  1. Define the musts from the wants in your wish list.
  2. Ask the bidders to give you an idea of the price ranges for your wish list.
  3. Separate the musts from the wants.
  4. Refine your choices to be closer within your budget.

Some common mistakes that pool buyers make

  • Not enough patio area
  • Pool depth has too much deep end and not enough shallow area.
  • Buyer bought on price without checking the equipment system.

Some Common Improvements

  • Include enough patio around the pool
  • Design more shallow area
  • Review the pool equipment