Installing an above ground swimming pool adds many benefits to your home, including an extra amenity when it comes time to resell. This big addition to your backyard costs money beyond just the pool, including patio + decking, pool heating devices and maintenance equipment. According to HomeAdvisor, the average amount homeowners spend on installing an above ground swimming pool is between $667 and $2,850. If you’re considering installing an above ground pool, here is how  you can make your swimming pool project more affordable.

Wait to Install Your Decking or Patio

Hold off on an added expense at the time of your swimming pool project by waiting to install your decking or patio. Above ground swimming pools typically have some sort of seating area surrounding the perimeter, but the expense for a patio or deck can add up quickly. Waiting until the next season allows  time to save up for the project and alleviates some of the financial burden. A great, inexpensive and functional alternative is to purchase pool stairs in the interim period! With this option,  swimmers have access to the pool and the stairs can be used again once your patio or deck goes in.

Invest in a Solar Swimming Pool Cover

Acting as a great, low cost alternative to a swimming pool heater, solar covers are an easy way to save money on your swimming pool project. Not only does a pool heater cost much more than a solar cover, it is also expensive to run. Heat pumps, gas heaters, and electric resistance costs anywhere between $100 and $600 per month depending on which option you choose, the size of your pool, and frequency of use. Solar swimming pool covers are inexpensive to purchase, easy to install, and cost no money to heat your pool. If you find that a pool heater could be advantageous to your household, it is something that can be installed down the line.

Choose a Smaller Swimming Pool Size

Bigger means more expensive to install and maintain your above ground swimming pool. Keep in mind that choosing a smaller swimming pool diameter means less water to heat, lower maintenance costs like replacing your pool liner, and less ground to clean with a pool vacuum.

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