What to Ask Your Pool Contractor  

by Pool Builders on 10-01-2014 in Articles

Are you considering installing a pool? If so, there is a lot of information you need to know and consider before doing so. The best way to figure out if a pool is right for you is to contact one of the pool contractors in Fort Worth, like Klaprodt Pools. A contractor is going to be able to answer all of your questions and give you specific information that will determine whether or not you can (and should) install a pool. So what questions should you ask them? Here's a list of the most important things to ask your contractor before you install a pool.
Ask Your Contractor
Can I install a pool where I live?
This is perhaps the most important question you can ask a contractor. While pools seem fairly ubiquitous, that doesn't mean they are allowed everywhere. Some city and state regulations will prevent you from installing a pool of any type. Others might not allow certain features, shapes, sizes, depths, or other details. Your home and specific yard might not be able to handle a pool due to poor soil composition, location, or other features. Ask a contractor in your area to do an assessment and figure out if you can have a pool at all.
How much will my pool cost?
Not all pools cost the same amount. However, even an inexpensive pool will cost at least $20,000 to install. Any extras or other features can quickly increase a pool's cost and leave you bankrupt in the process. Speak to a contractor about what you want and get an idea about who much that will cost. Also, keep in mind that pools will continue to cost you money for as long as you live in your home. Annual maintenance costs can reach $1,000, and expect to spend several thousand dollars every decade or so to resurface your pool, replace pumps and heaters, or even replace a cover.
How long will it take to install the pool?
As you can probably imagine, installing a pool is no easy feat. It can take anywhere from two to nine months to install a pool, and much longer if you want an elaborate magazine-worthy design. Make sure you are picking the right time of year to install your pool (just before winter isn't always a good idea if you live somewhere snowy), and make sure you can live with the mess for as long as it will take. A contractor can give you a good idea about what to expect, so be sure to ask.
Will a pool increase my home's value?
If you are concerned about your home's resale value, ask a pool contractor how common pools are in your area. If pools are a staple, then installing one might help. But for the most part, pools are terrible investments. You can spend $40,000 on a pool and not change your home's value by a single dollar. Most buyers don't want to be forced into maintaining a pool and won't pay more to have something they don't want. If you are looking for a great investment, consider something else. If you are unsure, be sure to ask one of the pool contractors in Fort Worth, like Klaprodt Pools.

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