How To Tell If Your Family Is Ready For A Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 03-31-2011 in Articles

It's been talked about by your family for many years now - getting your own swimming pool. Your kids spend countless hours at the neighbor's houses - those that have swimming pools or you spend hours trekking to and from the beach on the weekends. You know that saying yes to a backyard pool is a big commitment in both time and money.

If you've decided though that the time is right you need to be prepared before you contact a contractor. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're thinking it's time for your own swimming pool and before you undertake a swimming pool installation project:

  1. What will it cost? When considering this construction project, you will certainly need to consider what you can spend and what you can get (size and accessory-wise) for what you have budgeted. Also, when you're talking with a pool contractor, ask him or her what the cost of the annual upkeep and maintenance will be. You will at least want a ballpark figure on what you can look to spend on a weekly or monthly basis. It won't help you to have a pool installed if you don't have the money budgeted to keep up with maintenance.
  2. How much time will it take? You will want to not only ask the contractor how long the project will take. Keep in mind that when the project is going to start and complete will determine how much time you will be able to spend in it this year. In addition to this, you'll want to find out how much time pool upkeep and maintenance will require on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It will take much longer to repair a pool that has been improperly maintained than it will to perform required maintenance on a timely basis. If, for example algae takes hold or if you water gets clouded, it will take more time and expense to address and repair the issue.
  3. Permits, rules and regulations: You will be working with your pool contractor to obtain all building permits before your pool construction can begin. If you have decided to install an above ground pool on your own, you will still need to comply with state, federal and local regulations as they pertain to construction.
  4. Will a swimming pool enhance your property values? Chances are, yes. The addition of an inground swimming pool typically will raise your property values - this can be good for you and is a selling point if you're looking to move in the future. Keep in mind though, that it can also mean an increase on your annual property tax bills. An above ground swimming pool typically doesn't affect overall property values to a large extent.

Once you've had your questions answered by the pool contractor or by doing your own online research will make you a better informed customer. Also, by the time you're done researching, you will have peace of mind that your project can move smoothly forward and that you'll have a pool you and your family will have to enjoy for years to come.

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