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Angie's List: Building a Swimming Pool

Undated (WXOW) - A pool can provide hours of entertainment, but it's also a costly project that you should research thoroughly.  In-ground pools can cost between $20,000 and $70,000 and above ground is usually between $1,000 and $5,000.  Ask yourself ‘what will it cost versus what will I get out of it?'

"In the heat of the summer a pool might sound like a fantastic idea, but the reality is unless you are the only house in your neighborhood that doesn't have a pool you should skip it, said Angie Hicks of Angie's List.  "Pools tend to scare off potential buyers of your house and you usually only get about 50 cents on the dollar return on investment."

You should also factor in maintenance. Regular tasks include vacuuming the pool floor, balancing chemicals and checking the pump. Weekly care plus opening and closing a pool can run about $2,000.

Building that perfect pool, and keeping it that way, depends a lot on who you hire Because installing a pool can be a lengthy project sometimes taking a month or more develop a good dialogue with your contractor;

 "This is not a surgical maneuver. This is sort of like open heart surgery on your backyard. So it's going to be messy," said Pool Builder, Bill Lambert. "We can try to contain the mess as best as possible, but you are going to have dump trucks, there's going to be a lot of dirt moved around."

Also, before building a pool, Angie's List says you should contact your local building department and/or homeowner's association for a complete list of rules, regulations and required permits.

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