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What to Consider When Planning for a Pool

Posted by Audrey Lichten

Sep 22, 2015


As summer comes to a close, you may have been thinking the last few months how much an in-ground pool would benefit you and your home. A pool is a wonderful complement to your house and its exterior appearance - not to mention the consequential increase in your home’s value. Start planning now so that next summer you’ll be staying cool in your pool. 

Because buying a pool isn’t something we all do on an everyday basis, we’ve put together a list of things to know when starting this process.

  1. Know you actually want a pool - A pool is a huge investment, so don’t go into the process unless you and everyone involved is fully on board. It’s hard to make smart decisions when your family (spouse especially) doesn’t support the decision.

  2. Learn about the different pool types - Vinyl, concrete and fiberglass pools differ in cost, features and benefits. Do your research online to get unbiased facts about the kind of material to best fit your needs.

  3. Know what purpose(s) the pool will serve - Do you want a pool for your kids? For exercise? For relaxation? Consider why you want the pool in order to decide what features are most important to include in the design.

  4. Consider the features you want - You’re only going to build a pool once, so don’t skimp on the features you really want. It’s a lot harder to go back and install something later. If you’re worried about your budget ask your installer for areas where you can save money in order to pay for the features you want. Get that waterfall or diving board that you’ve always dreamed about!

  5. Know what’s most important about the installer - Is price the strongest deciding factor? That may sacrifice quality. Decide what you want most from your pool installer, whether it’s price, quality or something else and find someone who meets those needs. Be sure to look for recommendations and get multiple estimates from different installers before you decide.

  6. Know your budget - Decide on a budget and stick to it. This should include everything in addition to the pool itself - lights, decking, patio furniture, pool accessories, etc.

  7. Consider long term costs - Don’t forget to factor in the long term costs of pool maintenance. The different types of pools may have different maintenance costs. Also, consider insurance costs. Contact your insurance carrier to find out if a swimming pool affects your homeowner’s policy.

  8. Don’t forget about decking - A pool isn’t much fun if no one can relax poolside. Think about the type of surface you’d prefer for decking and patio area around the pool. Concrete, stone and tile have different aesthetics and can all be great depending on the atmosphere you’re trying to create.

  9. Keep safety in mind - Research any local codes regarding pools and safety requirements. Additionally, consider your family’s safety needs and look into fencing, childproof gates, and alarms when something enters the water.

  10. Plan a pool party! - Finally, have some fun! Celebrate your new home addition and plan a pool party to get the summer started off right.

While planning for a pool may require many decisions, you’ll be happy you considered all aspects to the situation in the long run. However, after it’s all said and done, you realize that your new pool makes your house look a little shabby, maybe an exterior siding upgrade is the next project to plan for. If so, contact Peninsula Siding Company for an estimate.


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