Questions Most People Ask About Getting a Swimming Pool  

by Pool Builders on 04-21-2007 in Articles

A swimming pool is a big investment, and finding a qualified swimming pool contractor can be scary. Make sure you don't get soaked by using an accredited contractor with a history of good work. A qualified pool builder will help you decide what size and shape of pool would be best for your property and won't leave you feeling soaked before the party begins.

1. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

Don't be fooled, a swimming pool is a major purchase. A basic in-ground pool can range from $20,000 to $50,000, depending on your swimming pool contractor, the shape and design of the pool, fees for permits and licenses, construction materials used and the time it takes to install all figure in to the final cost. Pool features and accessories, such as slides, diving boards, lights and heaters also add to the cost, as will any landscaping or walkway lighting you choose to install. Other costs to consider include pool chemicals, pumps and accessories to maintain your pool, fencing and other safety features, property taxes and insurance.

2. DO I NEED TO BUY POOL INSURANCE?

If it's not already covered in you homeowner's policy, you should buy pool insurance. Swimming pool repairs are expensive, and accidents do happen. Check with your insurance carrier to find out if your swimming pool will be covered under your homeowner's policy and for how much. If it's not, find out what you need protect yourself.

3. HOW DO I FIND A GOOD CONTRACTOR?

Installing a swimming pool is a major undertaking. You want to be sure it's done correctly. Searching for the lowest installation bid might seem like a good financial move in the beginning, but hiring a shoddy
contractor can also leave you soaked. Take the time and spend the money to hire an accredited contractor with a history of good work. Before you sign on the dotted line, find out how long the contractor has been in the business. You want someone with experience to install your pool correctly. Have they installed pools before in your area? What is the company's reputation in your community. Ask for references and contact information. If a family member or neighbor has used the same company, what did they think of their work?

4. WILL A SWIMMING POOL ADD TO MY CHORES?

Swimming pools require regular maintenance to keep the water clean and balanced. This is not optional. Dirty pools turn an unattractive shade of green. Bacteria in the water can also cause ear infections and other illnesses. If money is no object, you might want to hire a company to keep your swimming pool clean, close it in the winter and prepare it for opening in the spring. Otherwise, ask your swimming pool contractor what chemicals and tools you'll need to maintain your pool and keep it clean. It's a chore, yes, but a small one compared to the amount of fun you're going to have owning your own pool.

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