Spring: Adding an in-ground pool

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National average: $36,000-$66,500

Installing a swimming pool can add luxury like no other addition to your house. Pools offer many years of enjoyment, and an in-ground model can enhance your home’s value.

When hiring swimming pool installers, take great care to research them and solicit multiple bids. A pool is a significant investment that may take several weeks to install, but if you start in the spring, you’ll be splashing by summer. It’s worth it to take extra time to get the right professional.