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Why will the price of the pool change
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Why the cost of a swimming pool installation will change?

You’re 99% sold on the idea of installing a swimming pool.

You’ve contacted a couple of companies and you have the cost of your swimming pool.

But will that be your final cost?

It’s possible that the cost of your swimming pool will change at some point during the installation. 

Doesn’t seem fair does it? But there are a few things that you need to be aware of, to ensure that you budget enough for the entire pool project.

1. The initial quote doesn’t include everything you want

2. Changes to the features of the swimming pool

3. Delay to the swimming pool installation schedule

4. Technical problems during the swimming pool build

 

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1. The initial pool quote doesn't include everything

The first thing to check is that the swimming pool quotes you have are comparable. Do they include everything?

Most swimming pool quotes include creating the watertight shell (concrete, one-piece or liner), filtration, heating and pipework. However there are some things that are often excluded. Groundworks are almost always not included (as they are usually not done by pool specialists). But you might find thing things that heating and ventilation are excluded, which can add substantial costs. 

So, firstly, check the quote to ensure that it includes everything necessary for the pool build.

Also, make sure that any extras or special features that you want are included in the initial quotes. Think about what features you want. Do you want specialist, upgraded tiles? Do you want a water feature? Think about all the features you want before, so that you can get a realistic final cost for your swimming pool.

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2. Changes to features of the swimming pool

Every time you change something on site you should see pound signs. 

Our good friends at AC Architects say this:

With that in mind, planning is key. Planning in advance will save you money. Changes to plans are much cheaper to make than changes to site. And adequate planning, and ensuring everything you want is included in those plans is the best way to avoid changes to the price during install.

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3. Delay to the swimming pool installation schedule

It’s not uncommon for us to quote on a job years before it is started. The project can be ready to begin, then run in to problems which delays the start date. 

If this happens then it is likely that the price will go up. Material costs alone can increase by up to 10%. Manufacturers generally increase their costs every January. This doesn’t include any labour increases. 

So a delay in schedule can increase swimming pool costs.

 

4. Technical issues during the swimming pool build

It’s possible that during the swimming pool installation (especially during the groundworks) you will run into technical problems. This can include unexpected groundwater, burst pipes or weather damage. 

Again, planning and employed and architect and engineer to check this in advance will help to avoid any problems during the installation. But it can’t always be helped. And can also be exacerbated by the time of the year that your swimming pool installation takes place.

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How to prevent the price from changing

So, what’s the best to minimise the chances of your swimming pool costs changing? 

Planning everything in advance, talking through your options and making sure you have considered everything you might want is a good place to start. 

As we have recommended before, hiring an architect will help ensure that adequate planning is done. And they can even help project manage throughout the build to ensure everything runs smoothly. We’ve found that those who don’t hire an architect save money upfront. But lose money over the build of their swimming pool.

Moral of the story. Good planning and project management will save you money in the long run. 

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In conclusion

The price of your swimming pool installation can change through our the build. 

The best way to avoid this is to plan in advance and have solid project management to ensure that things run to plan and costs don’t get out of hand. 

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Debbie Ekins
Debbie Ekins
Eagle Leisure - Sales & Marketing Manager Mission = to arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best buying decisions. Fuelled by coffee (and naps). Explorer of Scotland and the world.
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