Should you wait until spring to have a swimming pool project started? Nope! Now is the best time to start swimming pool construction. Why?

  1. Because you can buy pool items and equipment at “off season” or “last season” pricing.
  2. Pool contractors are slower now than in the height of summer construction season.
  3. If your pool project is started now — even if you may not swim this year — it will be ready and waiting in summer 2020.

If you have wanted to be a pool owner, is there something that’s stopped you? Have you been saving and budgeting for the pool project and its ongoing maintenance? Is this the year where it’s all falling into place? Here are steps you need to take to move toward pool ownership.

Not to throw a monkey wrench into the works, but WHY do you want to own your own family swimming pool? This is a question you and your family should thoroughly explore. The reason for this exploration is that you will want to assure yourself that you will get your money’s worth out of using the pool and that you’re still willing to give up the yard space it will take.

Now Is The Best Time To Start Swimming Pool Construction

Vacation Swimming Pool Maintenance AdviceThe part of the country in which you live might be one of the biggest factors in wanting a swimming pool. If you live in Arizona with its triple digit temperatures and its prolonged swim season, you probably have no doubts as to why you want a pool, right?

If you live in an area of the country where swim season is fleeting, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you want a traditional sized swimming pool or a lap pool?
  2. Do you want a hot tub or spa? Do you want this to be a stand alone or part of the pool itself?
  3. Do you have space to devote to a swimming pool? How much yard space will you give up and what will that mean to your current landscaping and to yard space in which your children may play or your dogs may roam?
  4. What is your budget for the pool?
  5. How will you pay for the pool? Cash? Finance it?
  6. What kind of accessories or add-ons do you want for your pool? Pool heater, diving board, slide, sun shelves, fountains, etc.
  7. Who will keep the pool clean and the water clear and bacteria-free? Do it yourself or hire a professional?

A swimming pool may also add to the value of your home and that may be a deciding factor in someone buying your home if you put it on the market.

 What are your reasons for investing in a pool?

  1. Entertaining
  2. Exercise
  3. Recreation/family fun
  4. A combination of all of these

Not all pools are created, or built, equally.

Here are other decisions you need to make:

  1. Pool size
  2. Pool shape
  3. Pool depth
  4. Pool construction material (concrete, fiberglass, vinyl liner)
  5. Pool construction budget

Whew! Now that you’ve researched online, talked with friends and family and browsed through pool contractors’ look books, you can move forward.

What are the setback and pool construction requirements in the area of the country in which you live? What does your insurance company say about covering you and your swimming pool? Don’t forget to check on the requirements for swimming pool safety fences. Your pool contractor can help you navigate this maze of questions.

Vacation Swimming Pool Maintenance AdviceCleaning and pool maintenance

After the pool has been constructed, who will do the cleaning and maintenance? It can be a do-it-yourself project, but do you have the free time or knowledge to take on this task. Ask for quotes on pool maintenance and compare that to what it would cost you in materials and your time. You may find it’s less expensive to hire a professional than to do it yourself.

Here’s to you and your new pool project!