During this time of year, one of the questions I most often hear from customers is: "When is the best time to have my pool installed and get the best deal, Fall/Winter or Spring?"
Well the answer to this question, at least in most cases, is relatively simple. Also, with the economy in the state that it currently resides, the question is even more poignant than normal. The following is a case for each:
Advantages to Fall/Winter Inground Pool Installation:
- 1. Lowest Price: For a pool guy, staring at months of cold weather can be quite daunting, especially knowing that even though work might stop, the bills never do. This is why pricing is almost always lower during the fall and winter time periods.
- 2. Cost of Good Increases: With each New Year comes the annual ‘cost of goods' increase from suppliers. For example, before 2009 the prices we paid our fiberglass pool manufacturer for their shells had gone up every year. With the recession, prices, at least in most cases, went down in 2009, which is another reason why the Fall/Winter of 2009 will likely be a much better time to save money on your pool than the spring of 2010 will be. With inflation a likely occurrence next year, I expect cost of goods to once again shoot up and along with them, swimming pool prices.
- 3. Landscaping: September and October are great times in many areas of the country for planting grass. Because the installation of a swimming pool will always cause some damage to a yard, it will take some time to re-grow the grass/vegetation around the pool area. This is why it's typically better to give yourself 4-6 months for proper landscaping and vegetation growth versus 1-2 months in the spring.
- 4. Taxes: In many cases, the interest you spend financing your swimming pool can be used as a tax write-off at the end of the year.
Advantages to a Spring Inground Pool Installation:
- 1. Some Savings: Although prices are not as good as they were 4-6 months previous, one can usually find some excellent deals on inground pool installations the spring, especially during the Feb/March time frame.
- 2. Less time looking at the pool: Frankly, this is the only advantage I can honestly think of when debating over whether to have a Fall/Winter pool installation versus a spring installation. For some consumers, the thought of having to wait 4-7 months before they can use their pool after its completion is too much to bear. For others, the money saved makes the wait well worth it.
But for all of you who are contemplating a pool during these difficult economic times I can make you one promise:
Your risk will be rewarded with a ton of savings.
Good luck with your decision and as always, happy swimming!!
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