Have you been thinking about putting a swimming pool in your backyard but just aren’t sure if you’re ready to “take the plunge?” Well, this is the perfect time of year to do your research and consult with a pool contractor. Why? If you begin the project in early spring, it will likely be ready for those hot summer days…which are coming sooner than you think!
What to consider when adding an in-ground pool to your backyard:
- Space. Check with your HOA or reference your home’s plat for any easements on your property – you must obey these and disregarding them will result in a costly pool re-model and potential fines. Once you know the dimensions you can work with, look at different shapes to see what will fit with your yard – a dipping pool can be just as nice as a lap-swimming pool depending on your needs. Also, consider space for landscaping and pool decking.
- Approval. Check with your HOA and file the appropriate forms to get your pool construction approved before you begin building. Most contractors can help you with this, especially if you get a referral from someone in your neighborhood. Same goes for your homeowner’s insurance – let them know you’re installing a pool to ensure you have adequate coverage.
- Choose the right contractor. When choosing a contractor, it is best to go with a referral and look at as many pools as you can that your contractor has worked on. This will not only give you an idea of the quality of their workmanship but will also give you some great ideas for your own design.
- Safety First! Plan to have safety features installed at the same time as the pool. All pools must be fenced in, and typically, your home’s existing backyard fence will qualify. However, if you have small children, getting a specific pool fence or safety cover is a necessity. Having this installed at the same time saves you the hassle of an additional project and ensures safety measures are in place from the beginning.
- $$$. Set a budget. As with any remodel or big home project, costs can get out of hand quickly. Make a list of the must-have features and a separate wish list for additional features. Don’t forget to calculate in landscaping and other backyard improvements such as an extended patio and patio furniture into this budget. Another important aspect to remember – the additional electric costs of running the pool pumps and maintenance chemical expenses (which usually add up to an average of $100-150 per month).
Now that you’ve considered these important topics, you can feel confident making your decision. If the answer is yes, get a couple of contractors out for an estimate and get ready for a great summer of swimming!