Everything you need to know about finding a New Pool Builder

From Home Improvement Pages

Making the decision to install an inground swimming pool is really the easiest part of a long process.  Once the decision is made, the hard work begins.  One of the best ways to navigate through the morass of permits, designs, material choices, and unknown areas of construction is to find a pool designer and builder that one can trust.  This is sometimes easier said than done, which is where this post from Home Improvement Pages comes into play.  This post talks about new pools, the various processes and pitfalls that are present therein, and how to find a qualified contractor to help one navigate through the arduous process.

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Can a swimming pool add or subtract from the value of your home?

From Home Improvement Pages

This is a very common question that is asked when people are contemplating an investment in an inground swimming pool:  Will the pool add value to my home, or make it harder to sell?  This post from Home Improvement Pages explores this question head-on using data and research, the only objective way to find the answer.  As with any investment, the costs and benefits always need to be weighed out in advance before making a final decision.  With a swimming pool, or any luxury item, there are many intangible assets such as memories and recreation that have to be weighed into the positive column, and are sometimes difficult to quantify in dollars and cents terms.

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3 Styles to Decorate Around a Pool

From Buy Playa

One frequently overlooked area of swimming pool design and installation is also usually the final one to be undertaken.  Once construction is complete, the landscaping is done, and the pool is filled with water, the final step is outfitting the pool with furniture and decorations.  This post from Buy Playa provides three tropically-inspired design styles to use as a guideline for decorating around an inground pool, for those who would like to bring some of that island flavor home to their own backyard.

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How Much Does a Pool Cost?

From hi pages

Making the decision to install an inground swimming pool is the first step in a very long process.  There are myriad decisions to be made, materials to be chosen, designs, engineering, construction, etc.  Getting started is the hardest part, and even that step is riddled with decisions; What pool construction type, where will the pool be located, who will I turn to, are there municipal rules or restrictions, will I have pool fence and what type?  This post from Home Improvement Pages gives a great primer on getting the ball rolling, and helps the prospective pool owner with some often overlooked areas of concern.

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Gunite Concrete Pool Costs

From How Much

Trying to budget for an inground swimming pool can be a challenge, especially because of the different costs in the different geographic markets.  Labor, Materials, Taxes and Fuel can vary greatly in different regions of the U.S.  This post from How Much gives the cost of an average small gunite pool for many of the major markets around the country.  Be careful when dealing with averages, however, as the article also points out.  There are always additional costs and considerations such as taxes, permit fees, engineering, customization, site clearing and preparation, material choices and quantities, etc., which the article is also careful to point out.  

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6 Steps to the Perfect Inground Pool

From Popular Mechanics

There's nothing like installing a concrete swimming pool to one-up your neighbor's aboveground version. But planning your dream pool can be harder than it first seems. Consider your options and obligations before breaking ground, and inground pool construction will proceed swimmingly.

So, you've decided to take the pluge, (pun intended), and finally put an inground swimming pool in your backyard.  You can envision years of splashing, barbeques, parties, and family memories being made already.  What you haven't spent alot of time thinking about is how to get started and where to turn for the next step.  Fear not, as this post from Popular Mechanics presents a step-by-step guide to planning the perfect swimming pool environment for your backyard.

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The Real Cost of Owning a Swimming Pool

From U.S. News Money

Installing a pool can cost nearly $40,000. Here's a look at costs to consider before diving in.

Swimming pools are literally the symbol of success.  As with most items or amenities in that category, sucess comes with a price tag.  Simply installing the pool, which can in many cases be the second largest purchase a homeowner will ever make, is really just the beginning.  This post from U.S.News money report outlines the real costs of pool ownership that are often overlooked or misunderstood.

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How Much Does a Pool Cost? 93 Real World Examples

From INYO pools

We have posted numerous articles that talk about costs of inground pools.  Usually the post will focus on types of construction, and use general terms that often lead a researcher confused and no closer to being able to budget than before.  This post from INYO pools is unique in this respect, and extremely helpful:  Pictures of finished pool projects are labeled with a price tag.  

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How Much Does It Cost to Install a Pool?

From Angie's List

Shopping for a swimming pool has some similarities to shopping for a car.  If you are a luxury car person, you will be looking for a luxury brand.  Similarly with swimming pools, the different types of pools will carry different price tags, and have different levels of expected performance.  This post from Angie's list talks about 4 major swimming pool types and some reasonable expectations of costs.  

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How Much Does it Cost to Build a Swimming Pool?

From Home Advisor

Home Advisor is an extremely popular website that pairs qualified home professionals with consumers.  It stands to reason, therefore, that when Home Advisor polls their members about certain topics, the information is likely relevant and somewhat accurate.  This post from Home Advisor aimed to figure out how much an inground pool will cost to install.  Granted, this survey does not adjust for geography, nor for construction type, but it does set a realistic framework for the consumer when they are beginning their research.

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