Is it too late to get a swimming pool this summer? You can still plan for your 2022 pool project the experts from Imperial Pool Builders, from Decatur & Champaign, IL say. They also offer tips for setting the budget. The best time to have begun your project would have been a few months ago, but you may find a pool contractor who can still get you on the schedule for the summer… you won’t know unless you try!

If you’re still on the fence about whether you can afford a swimming pool, factor in how much you spent on your last family vacation and how long it lasted. Also factor in the fact that for the past couple of years vacation and travel were halted because of the pandemic. Don’t take a chance on no vacation travel and a boring yard another summer!

Investing in a pool — and sure it will cost more than your last vacation BUT you’re making an investment in something that will bring you decades of enjoyment and you won’t even have to leave home.

When you own a pool you have a “staycation” spot that is available no matter when you want to use it. No planning. Just swimming! Having your own pool means you build memories daily.

Don’t rush out and meet with pool contractors before you’ve put together a budget for the project. Budget for construction as well as increases in utility bills and maintenance. Your pool contractor should be able to give you an idea on the costs for both.

Plan for your 2022 pool project

  • What did friends and neighbors pay for their pools? This is a great jumping-off point for knowing what a pool might cost. IF you have no idea, they can help by letting you know what they paid and how well they liked the contractor they worked with.
  • Call builders and ask about the price for an average inground swimming pool in your area. Be aware that asking, “what will a pool cost?” is like walking into a car dealership and asking, “how much does a car cost?” There are myriad factors to take into consideration.
  • Budget for increased utility bills.
  • If you need to take a loan for the project, plan for a month or two for its approval.
  • What are the must-haves for your family pool? What items can you live without if you can’t afford them right now?
  • Skimping on equipment will cost you in the long run. The money you spend up front on high quality equipment saves you money on operating costs and repairs or replacement.
  • Don’t keep your budget a secret from a potential pool contractor. Let us know so we can work hand in hand with you to get the pool of your dreams. It’s easier to tell us what you can spend rather than coming in with a $100,000 dream and a $10,000 budget.
  • Many first time pool owners don’t budget for a deck or for outdoor living space and usually regret it. You will spend as much — probably more — time around the pool as you will in the pool.

The investment you make in your family pool will not only have the potential to increase the resale value of your home and turn it into a year-round vacation hot spot. Give us a call today and let’s talk about your pool project.