If you are planning to add a pool to your landscape, you likely already know that it can be quite an expense. While you may be prepared to spend tens of thousands of dollars on your pool, it is important to be aware of hidden expenses that sometimes come up. The following are some forgotten expenses that are involved in a pool installation:

Decking And Fencing

Keep in mind that a pool contractor's estimate typically only covers the actual installation of the pool. This does not include any decking around the pool, lighting in the pool, fencing, or additional walkways. If money for these items is not available in your pool budget, hold off on adding them until they are affordable to you. Instead of building a deck around your entire pool, add a small deck area near the entrance to the pool. You can always add to your deck later.

Landscaping, Fountains, And Heaters

There are so many gorgeous pool upgrades that are the envy of almost all pool owners. Unfortunately, these upgrades are not part of a basic pool installation quote. If you wish to have these features added to your pool, be prepared to pay extra for them. Pool heaters can cost up to $3,000, depending on the type you choose. Typical waterfall features can range from $7,000 to $10,000, depending on the size and type. If you decide against placing the water feature at the initial pool installation, you can ask your pool contractor to place the plumbing for it so that it can be more easily installed at a later time.

Sizing And Liner Type

When you begin to think about installing a pool, you need to keep the size in mind. Size definitely matters, so knowing what you plan to use your pool for is going to determine how large the pool needs to be. If you are only going to splash around with your kids, a common sized 16 by 32 foot pool would probably be sufficient. However, if you are a competitive swimmer or like to swim laps regularly, you may need a 24 by 40 foot long pool, or larger.

The type of liner you want is another expense that can be forgotten about. Vinyl liners are the least expensive. If you want a more sturdy pool, you may want to go with fiberglass or concrete liners. These liner types are going to cost more due to the added expense of the labor required to install them.

Getting a pool can be so much fun, but it can be easy to go overboard on the expense. If you are thinking about installing a pool, consider starting a separate savings account earmarked for that purpose. Also, thoroughly research all of the possible hidden costs that are associated with your pool installation so there are no surprises later, and remember to thoroughly discuss costs of these extras with pool contractors like Reliant Pools.