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‘How much does a pool cost’ is a question pool builders are hesitant to answer – not because they have something to hide, but because pools can vary drastically in price.
While you may not get an exact answer until you source quotes from pool suppliers and installers, you can get a general idea of the average costs of pools.
In-ground Swimming Pools
In-ground swimming pools are the most expensive pools to install, largely because of excavation costs.
The two most common types of in-ground swimming pools are concrete and fibreglass.
According to installers of these types of pools, cost guides are as follows:
- Concrete pools cost anywhere from $35,000 to $100,000+ to install, with the average being around $50,000.
- Fibreglass pool shells cost between $6,500 and $25,000.
- To have a fibreglass pool installed in-ground costs from $25,000 to $75,000+.
The difference in price between a fibreglass pool shell and having the pool installed can be accounted for by the excavation work and the cost of a pump, heater and other necessary accessories.
Above Ground Swimming Pools
Above ground swimming pools are less expensive than in-ground swimming pools, but you need to factor in all the costs associated with them.
DIY kits made from resin shells with vinyl liners start at around $3,500 and can go up to $6,500+.
Timber decking will increase the price a further $1,500 to $2,000, and if excavation is required, it can cost another $2,500 depending on the amount of excavation needed. If you’re installing a larger above ground pool, you may also need to have a concrete slab poured.
When comparing prices of in-ground fibreglass pools or above ground pool kits, make sure everything is included in the kit price. For example, a fibreglass pool shell alone may cost around $7,000, but a complete kit that includes a pool pump, filter, and other accessories might cost $9,000. You may also need to buy a pool heater, which will also add to the cost.
You will need council approval and pool fencing if you want to install a swimming pool in most parts of Australia. If you install an in-ground swimming pool, you will need paving around the pool. With above ground pools, you will probably want to install a deck around the pool. Together, these costs can add thousands of dollars to the total cost.
In most cases, it’s better to get quotes from pool suppliers for complete pool packages. That way you know upfront what all your costs are going to be.
Compare all your quotes carefully. If they are complete quotes and come with long-term warranties, the cheapest quote may be the best buy but don’t settle for an inferior quality pool. A swimming pool is a significant investment and a pool that lasts is a better investment than a pool that will need replacing within a few years.
Fast track to your first home!
Talk to us today. Our expert team at Pierre Finance are on hand to assist you. It is crucial that you have a loan in place before you start looking plus this will give you an idea of price. We will need to know about any deposit and your income. Our team can guide you through the whole process for start to finish. With so many lenders on our panel you can be assured we will get you the best deal.
Great news and your loan has been approved, so you can now be confident you have the $$ to start making serious offers.
So, you should already have a wealth of knowledge at what’s going on in the real estate market, especially where you want to buy. Use this week to research the listings and areas within your price range. Get on to agents and get out to open house sales.
If your perfect home is still out there then continue to scour the market. Check for new listings, as in the real estate sector there’s always 10 more for every one that you missed out on.
You should now have found a property that suits what you need and inside your pre-assured budget. Make a legal offer in writing on a sale contract document so the seller can take you serious. Bare in mind it’s not a done deal at this stage as your offer needs to be accepted and there may well be some negotiations.
When the agent calls with your accepted offer check that any extra conditions have been included. Having your finance in place will enable your bank to do it’s valuation. If all is agreed this is where you will pay the initial deposit to the agent who will place it in trust until completion.
This will be a busy week as there will be lots of signatures needed, lots of phone conversations and emails of confirmation. Also a good idea is to get your buildings insurance in place, a removal service and maybe a handy man. All these things in place will speed up your move.
Contact the electricity, gas and internet people, so the day you move in all these things will make it less stressful.
This week is down to your legal eagles getting things in place. The title deeds will be searched for and funds will be getting placed ready. The valuation hopefully will come back as expected and the loan is secure.
You should finally have the go ahead and the funds will have the green light.
Start this week by letting those important people know your new address, and organise your post to be re-directed.
Start packing and place moving day essentials in a special box, things you will need for the first 2 days. You don’t want to start looking for things on the day, like the corkscrew.
Your day has finally arrived and your legal guide will let you know everything is in place, and you get your keys.
Looking at the upmarket end of apartments and the biggest growth suburbs are those near water.
At Pierre Finance we have been checking out some facts behind the top two places that have claimed the hot spots.
Where apartment prices start at $500,000 there seems to be either lakes, rivers or beaches close by. Of course Australia’s most well known harbour is among the top ten list but North Fremantle in the west tops the list with a growth of 17.2% on 3 bed apartments in the last year
Sydney of course had to be there with its Balmain suburb coming second at 16.3% for 3 bed apartments also.
Why has North Fremantle topped the list??
The suburb is quite small, and the last couple of years there’s been some really classy apartment developments built. A particular nice one is on Swan River called The Cove and also Leighton Beach is now home to The Latitude. Both these two high-end developments have helped the areas growth.
As it’s a small area and it’s geographical situation have both helped to make it more exclusive. It has the beach, Swan River, great transport and reputable schools means it will retain it’s growth. The new developments have put it on the radar which is probably why it’s come up top.
It’s clear to see that the waterfront properties are the attraction but it also seems to have a warm community feel to it. There’s no grand private walls up everywhere like in some high-end areas.
Sydney suburbs are still on top and Balmain seems to be the place to be. The waterfront developments have attracted the downsizers and are still becoming increasingly sort after. Investors have bought in but it’s mostly people who really enjoy living here.
Another factor like North Fremantle is it is a smaller community as well as the water aspect. It has a safe community feel about it and people like that. It is becoming more and more established but still retains the growth.
Revamp your outdoors for summer and at the same time add value to your home. If your inside space is limited then designing your backyard could be the clever way to add to your lifestyle, extend your home and most important make it more appealing. By simply laying down decking or a patio and creating a sunroom you already have another room. Your backyard could hold all the potential to increasing the value of your home and your day to day living. Is your backyard looking a little tired, but you don’t have much spare cash? At Pierre Finance we can arrange a very competitive loan to suit your budget, so you can have your backyard looking fabulous in time for summer.
The first thing to do is re-organise it. look at how the uses need to be divided. For example a storage area for gardening equipment, a purposeful place for drying your clothes, a kids play area, and most important the sun spots, shady spots for relaxing on those loungers. The best thing to do is draw a draft of what you want. Take into consideration where plants and trees are, so you may need an experts advice in the beginning.
So, now we come to whether to lawn or to not! They do get neglected especially when there’s a water shortage. They do take some time to maintain and can look unattractive if over dry or overgrown You may be better off having a patio, or deck with decorative stones and maybe concentrate more on some flower and shrub beds or decorative pots.
Here comes the fun bit. Instead of just creating a random hectic area, why not give it a theme. You may be into retro, Asian, tropical, cottage, or even nautical. Your plants, furniture and garden ornaments like statues, lighting, and soft furnishings need to represent it. You could however continue with your indoor style and simply extend it outdoors. If you give it a theme it has a purpose.
Finally shade is an important element as it’s no fun sitting in 30 degrees of heat trying to relax or entertain. Umbrella’s are the cheapest option but to create a proper sense of an extra room you really need to invest in an awning or shade sails. Not only do they look good they also do the job. Finish off your outdoor haven with anti mosquito candles like the popular citronella, and also lemongrass looks nice and you can plant it in pots, so it won’t take up too much space. Hanging candles from tress and shrubbery can add instant atmosphere, and of course the people. Enjoy!
Exciting news as top sellers revealed Sydney’s western and inside north suburbs and Melbourne’s inner city circle are the hottest area’s according to last Saturday’s spring auction day. It’s all about lifestyle! There were over 3000 auctions as eager purchaser’s attended trying to make a good property deal this side of Christmas.
The areas of Prahran, North and South Yarra, and Fitzroy in Melbourne took top spot for most searches in the housing market. Norwood in Adelaide was also up there getting in the top 10 searches for houses, the rest were in Victoria. These results were based on figures from March to August.
No surprise that East Melbourne won number one spot for unit searches, however New South Wales had the most presence.
Lots of so called ‘baby boomers’ are joining young professionals and investors in buying smaller properties to be closer to gastronomy and transport links. In Sydney in particular it is popular now to downsize into a modern apartment or unit.
First time buyers are going for area’s with great transport, yet older less expensive apartments like in Parramatta. The most intriguing place is still Prahran in Melbourne. People seem to want to be near the rich. Many of these looking are youngsters whom are getting help from their parents and also investors. The amenities and affluence is the attraction.
Brisbane buyers are heading for Newmarket as it has become a real community offering new amenities such as bike tracks, sports centres, well maintained parks, and a great selection of night life and restaurants. There’s also plenty of new retail area’s. So offering such a great lifestyle and balance it is attracting young professionals, retirees, families with young children. The sunshine, stunning coastline and easy airport access are also a plus.
For more information on all the latest real estate news, please check out realestate.com.