Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

By Ben Steverman - 2012-11-26T19:03:24Z

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Swimming Pool

Average cost: $34,190

Not surprisingly, homeowners with children are 50 percent more likely to add or replace a swimming pool. According to the National Association of Home Builders, a pool's concrete shell should last more than 25 years. Its plaster and tile have shorter life expectancies of 10 to 25 years.

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