Improved technology means pools are cheaper, more energy efficient, and easier to run than ever before. Fully automated cleaning and filtration systems also let you enjoy more time in the water and less time maintaining your pool.
Even better, modern pools are available in a vast range of designs and price points.
Along with the traditional options, compact lap pools are available, which have a smaller carbon footprint than more traditional lap pools. This means they consume fewer resources to run, but still offer excellent opportunities to boost fitness. Plunge pools that can be as small as 2 x 2 meters feature jet systems that provide an intense workout.
Even better, pools play a natural role in the current trend of outdoor living, and with the addition of landscaping, your backyard pool can be transformed into a summer oasis.
If your budget is tight, an above-ground pool can provide years of summer fun for less than $5,000. When it comes to in-ground options, fibreglass pools are generally cheaper than concrete pools, but the sky really is the limit if you’re happy to add professional landscaping and features like fountains.
Be sure to check building requirements with your local council, as most require a development application for pools. Be aware you will need to allow for the cost of fencing, which has to comply with strict safety standards.
If you want to chill rather than have a splash, an outdoor spa is a great alternative to a pool. The heating function means you can enjoy year-round use, and many spas are portable, so they can go with you if you move.
When it comes to funding a pool or spa, a personal loan provides the benefit of a fixed term and set repayments, which are easy to budget for. It can also be worth checking to see how much equity you have in your home, as this can also offer a source of low-cost finance.