A swimming pool is a perfect addition to any property or backyard. It is the place where you can sit down after a tough day at work or school and just relax with friends or family members. A place where you get to drink an ice-cold lemonade right next to it during hot summer days. That is probably one of the best ways you can spend your time in the backyard. Unfortunately, making this kind of addition to your backyard is extremely expensive, but there are some ways you can make things more affordable.

Keep in mind, no matter what you do, no matter which affordable tips you find out about, you will still have to spend a considerable amount of money on this project. Either way, I hope that you will find this article very useful since I decided to write about all the ways you can make your swimming pool installation much more affordable.

1. Choose a smaller size


The larger the swimming pool, the more materials you need which means you will need to spend more money. Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of people get caught up in the idea of creating a very large pool in their backyard, without realizing that this is what makes the project so expensive. Yes, they managed to achieve that large pool of their dreams, but then they end up with unnecessary debts and costs that they are unable to cover.

To avoid any of these unnecessary problems, it is probably best to accept the idea that a smaller size is not necessarily bad. You still get to enjoy the benefits of swimming and relaxing next to the water while also sparing your bank account.

Keep in mind, there are some interesting tricks and shapes you could choose to make the pool seem a lot larger than it really is. Play around with different elements and I am sure that you will come up with something that looks great.

2. Do the surrounding patio later

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The cost of this kind of project does not come just from the digging or from the materials required to fill the whole. The expenses for such a project are from a lot of different segments. Bring the machinery, digging the hole, installing the pump system, filling the hole, and setting up the surrounding patio. Out of all these things, there is only one that is unnecessary. Of course, I am talking about the surrounding patio.

You need to ask yourself the question of whether you really need the patio right now. If your budget cannot handle it, is there a need to waste so much money on it? The reality is that you can do it anytime you want. You could do it years after the original installation of the pool.

This way, you could save yourself thousands of dollars while getting all of the benefits and enjoyment out of a swimming pool.

Although, if you find a patio to be essential that I guess you should look for other solutions.

3. Consider fiberglass self-cleaning pools


If you have done some research on this topic, you probably already know that fiberglass is not exactly the most affordable material on the market. In fact, if you want to go down the cheapest route, you should probably look at the vinyl liner options. Going with the vinyl liner option, the project can cost you somewhere around $25,000 or a lot more, depends on the materials that you choose.

If you go with a fiberglass pool, it will probably cost around $30,000 which is $5000 more than the other option. So, why should you go down this route when it is more expensive?

Well, the installation cost is more expensive, but once you consider all the maintenance costs, it is actually cheaper to go down this route. They require much less maintenance and fiberglass is much more durable. You will probably spend those $5000 in repairs in the next few if you go with the vinyl liner option.

To save even more money, you could go with those fiberglass self-cleaning pools which could save you even more money on maintenance costs. If you want to know more about this self-cleaning technology, you can learn more here.

4. Order at the right time


The pricing for swimming pool materials and installation process can vary from one season to another. Since most people will be doing this kind of project during the spring season, I recommend waiting to order either during summer or autumn. By doing this, you could save yourself a lot of money. Many contractors are offering good discounts and promotions that cut down on the costs of materials considerably.

5. Do not cheap out on materials


I know that in this article I am supposed to focus on helping you make this project as affordable as possible, but that does not mean that you should cheap out on essential stuff. Sure, offers for cheap materials will seem like the perfect option for your small budget, but that will have a negative impact on your wallet in the future.

All those cheap materials will start to immediately degrade after a year or two. In other words, you end up spending thousands of dollars for repairs in a very short amount of time. This essentially makes your project a lot more expensive than it really should be.

6. Forget about landscaping


Landscaping is also an element that comes together with every swimming pool. Just like the surrounding patio I mentioned previously. But, this element is also not essential which means you can skip it for now. There really is no need to spend thousands of dollars right now for landscaping when you can invest it in something a lot more important such as the pump system or the installation process. Once you have the money, you can worry about the landscaping and patio.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways you can make your swimming pool project a lot more affordable. Just make sure you do not cheap out on the wrong stuff.