Controlling the Costs of Building an Inground Pool

July 31, 2016 Written by: Nick Luisi

It’s probably obvious that building a swimming pool is not a cheap endeavor. From building permits to construction expenses to regular maintenance, there are many costs for homeowners to keep in mind when evaluating the expense of adding a swimming pool to their yard.

According to an article on, there are a variety of cost considerations that accompany a pool construction project, and some of these factors are non-negotiable. For example, you may not be able to control the cost of a building permit or how much your homeowner’s insurance may change once the pool is complete. However, there are still some areas that can help you to have some control over the amount of the final bill.

Daniel Bortz’s article from, “Swimming Pool Prices: Know How Much Before You Dive In,” lists a bunch of potential swimming pool expenses that are labelled as “extras.” These can include add-ons, such as diving boards, fancy lighting for evening lounging, or the addition of a spa. While they are nice-to-have features for any swimming pool, they are not mandatory, and can add to the grand total of your construction bill.

Installing a saltwater pool versus a pool that uses chlorine can also help to save on expenses. Chlorine pools require a lot of maintenance, which costs homeowners more than the cash in their wallets—it also costs them in time, as chlorine systems need to be monitored regularly.

Additionally, even small factors, such as the size or materials used to build the pool will impact the cost of pool construction.

While there are some pool construction costs that may be out of your control, remember that as the homeowner, you have the ability to set the parameters regarding what you want to spend. Keeping the above in mind, it is possible to help influence the final costs of building an inground pool in your yard.