Hot enough for ya? If you live in Scottsdale, AZ you certainly aren’t amused by this question. It’s hot and only getting hotter every summer, it seems. If you have been wanting to get your own swimming pool, the pool contractors from SwimRight Pool Service & Repair offer tips on how to budget for a pool construction project.

Once your pool has been constructed, give them a call and get an estimate for ongoing pool maintenance and upkeep. Many pool owners find it costs less to hire a pool contractor than it does to maintain the pool on their own. Also, when you hire a pro you are assured the water is always safe to swim in and you won’t have to learn how to balance chemicals or buy and store them on site.

How to budget for a pool construction project

Before you begin the process of a pool project, determine your budget and stick to it. Don’t be swayed by bells and whistles that sound great but may break the bank. You can always add in other items to your dream pool in the future as your budget allows. We can give you insight into how much it may cost to maintain and keep your pool water bacteria-free and help cut back on cleaning costs.

When setting the budget here are a few things to consider:

  • Ask friends and neighbors what they paid for their pools. Call local swimming pool builders to get a rough idea on the price for an average in-ground swimming pool. Also, be sure to ask about increased utility bills. Remember you can’t simply ask, “what will it cost to get a pool” because that’s like asking, “what does it cost to buy a car” there are a myriad of variables involved.
  • Build in a 10-15% padding for the price of the completed project to cover unexpected cost overruns.
  • If you’re going to need to take out a loan for the project, give yourself a month or two before construction can begin. You can talk with your potential swimming pool builder about financing as he or she may know of a lending institution willing to help you out or you can speak with the bankers at the bank which you typically work with.

After you’ve done your homework and the project is underway, the time to plan to interview and hire a pool service contractor is now. Don’t wait until your pool is done to see if you can find a contractor who can fit you into his or her schedule. Pre-planning for a summer contract — which in Arizona can last many months of the year — is best started sooner rather than later.