Thinking about buying your first pool? Here are 5 things to consider before buying an above ground pool. Find something that looks like what you’re envisioning, find an established pool company, decide on some of the pool variables, establish a budget, and consider the long term cost.
1. Create your own catalog.
Nothing is easier for a pool company than a picture of what you’re thinking about building. Pool builders and designers can more readily envision your project with a few magazine pictures, online swimming pool photo galleries, or even scenic photos taken on vacation. Give your pool builder a sense of what you’re interests are so they can incorporate your style preferences in the design.
2. Find a credible pool builder.
You decided to join the ranks of swimming pool ownership. First things first, choose a seasoned swimming pool construction professional. Check with friends, your local and regional pool builders associations, even the Better Business Bureau. Interview several candidates, and ask about their building philosophies. A good pool builder will offer examples of his work, provide references (be sure to check them), and be able to answer relevant questions. You’ll be working with this person for many months, so choose someone you feel comfortable with.
3. Pool shape and property limitations.
Swimming pool design is critical to both the overall aesthetic you’re trying to achieve and what you can actually do in the swimming pool. Choosing the wrong shape may mean you have a swimming pool that doesn’t really suit your lifestyle as well as it could. Consider the property, treets, breese, drainage in the yard, and neighborhood rules & regulations in regard to pools. Speak with a Paradise professional for more things to consider when choosing a pool shape.
4. Establish a budget.
it’s important that both you and your builder know what your budget is from the start. If you don’t have a general idea of a range you’re willing to spend, then you might end of spending more than you expected. Consider above ground pools with 20-25 year warranties are in the range of $4-9,000. Occasionally, a high quality pool can cost less, but true quality, durability, size, and expertise in installation all require the project to cost over $2,000, but unless you’re building an elaborate deck you should be able to get the highest end pool for under $10,000. Nothing compared to cars, ATV’s, in game purchases on ap games, and yearly shopping budgets.
5. Consider long-term costs.
Owning a swimming pool is affordable. And now that the economy is on the rise, it may be a perfect time to get one at the beginning of an economic boom. However, do not forget about upkeep. Upkeep, especially if you take a few energy-saving steps, can cost pennies a day to dollars. But it’s best to have an idea of what those costs are. Factor include water (filling & replacement), cleaning and water maintenance costs, and any accessories (pool covers, filters, toys, etc.) you’ll need to purchase.