When planning for a pool build, it’s important to budget not only for the initial swimming pool construction costs but also for additional fees and charges that can arise during the process. Items like fences, surveys, decking, and landscaping should not be a surprise but need to be factored into your pool construction budget.
Let’s look at some of the most common factors that can add to your swimming pool construction costs – so you can build your budget with no surprises.
Building a pool is always a risk because no one can see the unknown under the ground. We only know what the plot plan and survey say is there. Surprises can lurk. These surprises can vary depending on your location, the type of pool, and your specific requirements, but here are some common fees and charges to consider:
Most areas require permits for pool construction. The cost of these permits can vary widely depending on your location and the type of pool. It’s essential to check with your local government or building department to understand the permit requirements and associated fees.
Parrot Bay Pools covers basic North Carolina permitting costs for the pool and our scope of work. Your contractor, including Parrot Bay, usually will not cover as-built surveys, soil tests, engineering, expired permits, and permitting for work outside of what was directly contracted with them.
Excavating the area for the pool can sometimes uncover unexpected issues like rocks or poor soil conditions. If excavation is more complex than anticipated, it can result in additional excavation costs which can be over 10k. This is very unusual but does happen if your home builder used your yard as a landfill during construction for example.
If your pool needs to be installed in an area where utilities such as gas, water, or electrical lines are present, you may need to pay for their relocation to ensure safety and compliance with regulations. Parrot Bay calls 811 for you.
All areas require a fence around the pool for safety reasons. The cost of the fence and its installation should be factored into your budget.
Once the pool is complete, you may want to invest in landscaping and hardscaping to beautify the area around the pool. This can include planting trees, shrubs, and flowers, as well as adding a pool deck, patio, or walkways.
The cost of upgraded pool equipment, such as pumps, oversized filters, heaters, and cleaners, is often not included in the initial pool construction estimate. Make sure to budget for these components. Some pool builders even charge extra for lighting in the pool. Parrot Bay includes many items standard but be clear up front.
Filling your pool with water can be an added expense. Depending on your water source and the size of the pool, this cost can vary significantly.
A pool cover can help with maintenance and safety. The type of cover you choose, whether manual or automatic, will affect the cost.
If you want to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your pool area, you may consider features like landscape lighting, pool lighting, and decorative elements. These can add to the overall cost.
In addition to fencing, you may want to invest in other safety features like pool alarms or pool covers, especially if you have children.
You’ll need pool maintenance equipment like skimmers, brushes, and chemicals. These ongoing costs should be factored into your budget.
Operating a pool will increase your water and energy bills, so consider the ongoing operational costs as part of your budget.
Unforeseen issues or changes in project scope can result in additional costs. Having a contingency fund in your budget can help cover these unexpected expenses.
Most yards are not completely flat. The larger the pool and decking area the more likely you will need a retaining wall. Often these charges are not calculated until the pool height is set and the walls measured. Many wall contractors will not give a price until the pool is in the ground.
It’s crucial to work closely with your pool builder or contractor to get a detailed estimate that includes all potential fees and charges. Additionally, consult with local authorities to understand permitting requirements in your area. Having a comprehensive understanding of the potential costs will help you budget effectively and avoid surprises during the pool construction process. Parrot Bay Pools always recommends at least 20% over the pool cost as a contingency. Especially if your yard is not flat.
If you need help with financing your new pool construction, you can apply for swimming pool financing online. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, set up a call with one of our swimming pool contractors to get the pool installation process started!