An in-ground swimming pool can provide some of the most enjoyable hours of your day but it’s wise to thoroughly consider your reasons for wanting a pool before starting the project. If your No. 1 reason is because everyone in the neighborhood, or a family member or friend has one, that might not be the right reason. Planning, building and maintaining a swimming pool or spa is a major addition to your home and can create a great space for enjoyment but also comes with responsibilities.
Are you ready to take the plunge?
How will it be used?
Do you want a pool for exercise, to swim laps? Is your goal to provide better entertainment space? Is it mostly for adult use or for children? All of these questions will help define the best type of pool for your use.
What size and shape do you want?
If you have a lot of backyard space, you may find that you will want a larger pool or a fully expanded backyard living space. On the other hand, if you have a small to medium sized backyard, the style needs to be tailored to the slope and square footage available. You should also consider if you want the pool close to the house or a bit farther away, if you want a spa and landscaping. All of these considerations are important when designing your backyard swimming pool.
What’s your budget?
It does without saying that a budget is vital to the process of choosing the right swimming pool for your home. Pool builders acknowledge that there is a pool to fit every budget, but you need to ensure that you not only like the pool that fits your finances and that your budget is reasonable.
Will you take care of the maintenance, or purchase a service contract?
Swimming pools require maintenance. Heaters, chemicals, pumps, pool vacuums, test kits are just some of the things that need your attention as a swimming pool owner. Do you have the desire to maintain the pool on your own or do you want to hire a monthly pool maintenance service? You may initially want to do the work yourself and later find that you prefer the experts to maintain your pool or vice versa.
How soon do you anticipate being in your pool?
Be realistic about your time frame. If you’re on a deadline, start early as delays such as rainy weather can occur and slow things down. You might also strongly consider building a pool off-season when it’s a little cooler. Not only will you be in less of a rush, your swimming pool will be fully ready for the start of the hot summer weather.