What to Know Before Building or Buying a Pool

backyard in-ground swimming pool

Buying a swimming pool can be an exciting project transforming your backyard into an oasis of relaxation and fun. However, before you dive into the construction or buying process, there are several important factors to consider.

1. Purpose and Usage
It’s essential for you to know what you need to consider before beginning the process of building or buying a pool. You first need to know how it will be used.

Will it be primarily used for:

  • Exercise?
  • Relaxation?
  • To entertain guests?
  • Do you have children who will use the pool?

Understanding its purpose and how it will be used will help you determine the size, shape, and design of your pool.

If you’re planning on frequently entertaining guests at your pool, you’ll likely want one that is large enough to accommodate the number of guests you’re expecting. If those guests are mostly going to be children, then a pool with a gradual depth that starts shallow will likely be a better option.

2. Pool Type and Style

There are many types of pools available including:

Each type has its own pros and cons, and it’s important to do plenty of research to select what best fits your own needs, budget, and style.

For example, above-ground pools are typically less expensive than in-ground pools and take less time to install, while in-ground pools offer greater flexibility in size, shape and design amenities such as diving boards, slides and water features.

3. Location and Size

Whenever you’re considering buying or installing a pool, location is critical. You should take into account factors such as:

  • Will it be above ground or in ground
  • The amount of sun exposure
  • The slope of the yard, and the distance from your home
  • Additionally, the size of your pool should be appropriate for your yard and also for its functionality

If you don’t want your pool to take up a majority of your backyard space, then you’ll want to go with a smaller option that allows you to continue using the green space left available.

4. Permits and Regulations

Before you begin construction, it’s important to obtain the necessary permits and comply with local regulations. Depending on where you live, you may need to obtain permits for excavation, fencing, and electrical work.

Consult with your local permits department to understand the requirements and regulations within your specific city or county.

5. Maintenance and Upkeep

A swimming pool requires regular maintenance, including cleaning, chemical balancing, and equipment upkeep. It’s important to factor in the cost and time required for all of this when you’re planning your project.

Maintenance can be done by the pool owner themselves, but it is recommended that a professional pool-servicing company takes care of annual openings and closures to ensure everything is done properly.

6. Budget and Financing
A pool is a significant investment, so it’s vital for you to know the total cost prior to starting the project. It’s essential to set a budget and plan your financing. You should consider the cost of excavation, needed equipment, landscaping, and ongoing maintenance when determining how much you can afford to spend on the project. Financing may be available through your pool builder.

7. Choosing a Contractor

Choosing the right contractor is essential to ensuring your pool is built to your specifications and within your budget. Look for a licensed pool builder with a good reputation in your community. You will also want a pool builder with experience creating the kind of pool that you’ve selected.

While designing and installing a swimming pool can be both rewarding and enjoyable, it requires careful planning and consideration.

By taking the time to:

  • Think about your pool’s purpose and usage
  • Select the right type and style
  • Make certain you comply with local regulations
  • Ensure you’re certain that you are working with a reputable contractor

You can create a beautiful and functional addition to your home which will also provide you with many years of enjoyment.

Whether you’re building a pool, buying a pool, or maintaining a pool you already own, at Aquatic Solutions we’re here to help. Please reach out and let us know how we can make your backyard dreams a reality!