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When considering a pool, it is important to look beyond the initial construction costs. Pools require certain basic equipment such as filtration systems, steps or ladders, vacuums, and skimmers. Pools may come with a wide range of accessories including lighting, diving boards, and heaters. Local laws usually require that pools be fenced, adding to the overall expense. Increased taxes, higher utility bills, and greater insurance costs must also be taken into account.

In choosing a pool builder, investigate references, get multiple construction bids, and check with BBB about specific builders. Understand the details of the construction contract and get everything in writing. Find out who will be doing the actual work - the contractor's employees or subcontractors. If the firm uses sub-contractors for some of their work - such as from a tile company - you will need to research both the tile firm's reputation, as well as the contractor. You also want to determine who will be responsible for problems down the road. Issues such as these should be resolved before construction begins. Once you have selected a builder, you will need to work closely with that builder from the planning stage through the completion of the project.

Aboveground pools can cost considerably less than in-ground pools and can be installed quicker - some models can be up and running within days of purchase. Assembly is required, so if you're not mechanically inclined, you're probably going to need professional help to get set up. Before purchasing an aboveground pool, visit several pool retailers to explore your options. Check the retailers out with your BBB. Ask the retailer about the warranty and what's involved in the maintenance process. If you're concerned about such problems as rusting sides or lining punctures, be sure to ask questions and read the fine print.

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