Nothing is better on a hot summer day than lazing around by the pool. Unfortunately, you don't always have the time to devote to a day trip to the public pool and you can only invite yourself over to your pool-owning friends' houses so many times. If you're thinking about installing a pool in your own yard, here are some tips to make the project more affordable.

1. Choose Your Materials Wisely

In-ground pools can be made from a variety of different materials, each with their own pros and cons. When it comes to price, vinyl pools are significantly less expensive than concrete or fiberglass. The thing you need to remember, however, is that you'll need to replace a vinyl pool liner once in a while and it may be more susceptible to damage that might be costly to repair. Even so, vinyl is one of the more affordable options for in-ground pools.

2. Consider the Size Options

When it comes to choosing the size of your pool, you probably want to go with the largest size you can afford but don't go overboard. A smaller pool isn't just less expensive to purchase and install, but it is also easier and more affordable to maintain. If you have limited space in your yard or a limited budget, know that there are plenty of options for attractive smaller pools.

3. Build Your Own Pool with a Kit

If you are handy with tools, you might consider buying an in-ground pool kit and installing it yourself. If that sounds like too much work, you can always purchase the pool kit and then hire someone to install it. It is likely to be much cheaper than hiring a pool company for the entire project.

4. Plan Your Installation for the Fall

The summer and spring are the most popular seasons for installing in-ground pools because that is when people want to use them. If you want to save some money, however, you might try scheduling the project for the fall when pool companies will be less busy and eager to get business. You can also save a lot on pool equipment with fall sales.

5. Don't Spring for Extras

As tempting as it may be to tack-on some extras for your pool, try to stick to the necessities if you want to save money. Certain things like fences and other safety features are unavoidable but think twice about whether you really need that waterslide or the fancy lighting. You can always run different scenarios to determine how much these extras will cost and compare that price to the price of the pool alone before you make your decision.

If you're going to spend the money on an in-ground pool, you need to do it right. Just because you want to do something correctly, however, doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune. By following the tips above you can save money and still enjoy an inground pool.

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