How do I Choose the Best DIY Swimming Pool?

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A DIY swimming pool is a money-saving option for those who have confidence in their do-it-yourself skills. Do-it-yourselfers can choose between an above-ground pool or an in-ground pool. The major advantage of an above-ground DIY swimming pool is that this type of pool is less expensive to install than an in-ground pool. A major advantage of an in-ground DIY swimming pool is that an in-ground pool may be more visually appealing than an above-ground pool.

An above-ground DIY swimming pool is literally installed on the ground. A homeowner who installs an above-ground pool will not incur the additional construction costs of digging a hole for an in-ground pool. In addition, some areas tax in-ground pools, but do not tax above-ground swimming pools.

In addition to saving money, an above-ground DIY swimming pool has other advantages. An above-ground pool is more appropriate for a smaller yard. Above-ground pools are portable and can be taken down, moved, or sold. These pools can also be safer, as ladders can be withdrawn to prevent children from climbing into the pool area.

A DIY in-ground swimming pool may look more aesthetically appealing than an above-ground pool. In addition, the surrounding landscaping can look more natural than the landscaping surrounding an above-ground DIY swimming pool. In fact, an in-ground pool can become the visual focal point of a yard.


Another advantage of an in-ground DIY swimming pool is that these types of pools are typically larger than above-ground pools. This is an advantage for those who want to use their pools to swim laps. In addition, in-ground pools can be deeper than above-ground pools. Having a deeper pool allows for diving and other activities where being able to touch the bottom while in the pool is unimportant.

Resale values can also factor into a choosing an above-ground versus in-ground DIY swimming pool. The jury is out as to whether a swimming pool adds or detracts from the resale value of a home. For those who think that a pool adds to the resale value of a house, an in-ground pool might be the pool of choice. People who consider a pool a resale value negative can install an above-ground pool so that the pool can be removed when the house is put on the market.


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