Before going ahead and hiring a contractor to clear the land and dig the foundation for your swimming pool, there are some factors you might want to take into account before diving into this costly project.
In this guide, we’ll go over some of these in order to help you better navigate the pool installation process.
Decide On The Kind Of Pool That Fits Your Needs
Depending on how many people you want to accommodate will give you a better understanding of what kind of pool you need to install. If you are a young family of four, having a pool that goes up to eight feet and accommodates many guests is probably ideal as you’ll likely be using it for social gatherings.
On the other hand, younger or older couples might not need a lot of space so having a smaller surface area will be more ideal. Additionally, determining the pool surface (concrete, gunite, fiberglass, vinyl-lined, etc.) will give your contractor a better idea of the type of maintenance and upkeep time you want to spend on your pool on a daily basis.
Understand Your Timeline
Before contacting a contractor, understand that the swimming pool installation process might take some time. Getting the design of your pool down and the permitting could take anywhere from one to eight weeks depending on where you live and how fast you are able to meet the proper zoning requirements. From here, the building of the pool itself will take another eight weeks.
As you likely guessed, the trickiest part is getting the proper permit to have the pool. Hiring a contractor with great municipality contacts and relationships and is established in the local community as a contractor will be the best thing you can do to get the construction process off the ground and running.
Figure Out Your Budget
Before even breaking ground, you’ll want to determine the budget required not just to build the pool but also to properly maintain it as well as the surrounding landscaping needs associated with it.
Proper landscaping and accessory features like lighting, a gravel surrounding, and water maintenance like regular salting (for saltwater pools) can drive up the cost of maintaining your pool. Make sure to speak with a financial advisor before contacting a contractor to begin work on the pool.
As you probably guessed, in-ground pool installation is no cheap process but with the right considerations and the right contractor, you can make it work out. It won’t be long until you are underneath the shade of a palm tree with your toes dipped in the crisp clear water of your home pool.