Building a swimming pool: the top ten things to consider

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By A look Pools and hot tubs

Do you want to build the swimming pool of your dreams?

Here are some things to consider to make the process easier and make building your pool the best experience. Whether it’s legal considerations, the equipment you install, or the landscaping around your pool, each option plays a part in the final product.

Let’s dive into the top ten steps to consider when building your dream pool.

1. Choose a reputable contractor

This one might seem obvious, but extra diligence here makes all the difference. How many other projects has your contractor worked on and specialize in your field? Does your contractor work on pools similar to the design you plan to build? Check if they have reviews on Google or other sites and read testimonials if they do.

Choosing a contractor you can trust will help you avoid hidden costs and unforeseen setbacks.

2. Research your local laws

Zoning ordinances are easy to overlook, but they rule everything. From how deep your pool is, to how big you can build it, and if you can even build it at all. Check with your local ordinances and contact your HOA to make sure you meet all requirements. Although the limitations are rarely serious, you’ll want to make sure you follow local laws so you can build the pool of your dreams!

3. Consider maintenance

Building a pool is expensive, but maintaining the pool can be just as expensive. Whether you maintain your pool yourself or enlist help, think about what it will cost you each month for maintenance and plan for additional costs just in case. It is very important to stay consistent, even during the winter months.

4. Type of pool

There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of pool. Comparing them to each other is a great way to make sure you’re building the pool that will best suit your needs, use, and climate.

There are three main types of inground pools. Concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl siding, each with different costs and timelines to complete construction. If in doubt, talk to a qualified pool specialist about each to find the one that makes the most sense.

5. Think long term

It can be tempting to think you’re going to upgrade your home and get out of it, but it’s important to think about how your new pool will fit in the long run just in case. Especially with rising property prices and warming temperatures. You may live with your pool for a while, so choosing the best material and type of pool for the long term can help reduce stress and additional costs down the road.

6. Choose the right pump

Reliable and efficient water circulation can mean the difference between a pool that is easier to maintain and one that requires more time and energy to keep it ready to swim. There are a variety of options, but many have automation features, energy efficient options, and are ready to heat larger pools in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. A reliable system will make your pool more fun for your friends and family.

7. Water characteristics and lighting

What’s a swimming pool without good lighting, waterfalls and jets? A more affordable. Consider all of your options for water features and weigh the pros and cons of each to determine if the extra cost is worth it. Although features can create more ambiance, the extra cost may be worth it as they may be even more expensive to add later.

8. Plan around your budget

While we’re talking about additional cost, it’s worth mentioning your overall budget for building your new pool. Plan not only your pool builder’s quote, but also any additional hidden costs, maintenance and water features. Consult your financial services professional if you have any doubts or want to work on additional features. It is worth investing in it now to avoid higher costs in the future.

9. Price Your Contractors

When you start looking for the right contractor, check out several and see who offers the best value. It is important to ensure that everything is included in the initial offer to avoid additional costs and hidden charges.

10. Landscaping Matters Too

And finally, don’t forget the landscaping. Both for design purposes and functionality in your garden. Do you want a pool deck? Trees around the pool to provide shade? What about the grass you have in your garden now?

Each of these elements contributes to the overall ambiance of your pool and can add to the cost of completion, so weigh them carefully!

And There you go. Top 10 things to consider when you’re ready to build your dream pool. Checking off each item on this list will get you one step closer to having the perfect setup for your family and friends to enjoy.

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Spring Hill, TN 37174
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