Factors to Consider Before Adding a Pool to Your Property

Published: December 06, 2020

Adding a pool to the backyard requires thorough planning. There are many details that you need to take into account before starting the construction process if you want to make good investment decisions. Here are some of the most important factors that you need to consider before building the perfect garden oasis.

Set a budget

Since the whole process is a big investment, make sure that the pool will be used enough to justify the expenses. Do your homework, and search for the features that you want to have that are within your budget. Sloped terrain, rocky or sandy soil require more money for installation and prolong the duration of the construction process.

TIP: Include into the budget: patio construction, outdoor furniture, and all areas around the pool that you will have to invest in.

Type of pool

With many different types of pools in the market, you will have to search for the one that suits your property and needs. The first thing that you’ll need to decide is whether it will be an in-ground or above-ground pool. Above ground, pools are less expensive, easier to install but also less durable. In-ground pools are more expensive, last longer but take more time for construction. It can take 3-12 weeks to be completed and sometimes, even more, depending on weather conditions and other circumstances. The next thing will be to choose the right pool liners: concrete, vinyl, or fiberglass. Each of them has its own characteristics so do a little research and choose the one that is suitable for you and your family.

Shape and location

Pool shape should be mainly affected by the property dimensions, configuration, and function that the pool will have. Rectangular pools are better for swimming, while kidney and organic shapes better blend with the landscape and create a natural feel. Choose the right spot for the pool with maximum sun exposure, without any large trees nearby, and where it can be observed from the house (especially if you have children). Location of utilities such as gas, electricity, telephone, cable, and water lines are very important so make sure that the contractor gets all the data about that.

Maintenance and long term costs

The maintenance of the pool can be pretty expensive. A good filtration system is welcome and you’ll need to clean the pool from the leaves and use chemicals for disinfecting. Also if you live in a climate where you have cold months, the pool will need to be closed and opened by a professional. Your electricity and water bill will increase.

Building permit and safety features

Contact a local city hall to see if you are able to build a pool on your property. The contractor should help you obtain a building permit and inform you about all restrictions. Get information about all the local safety code requirements. Safety features such as fencing, alarms, setback, or certain pool depth should be taken into consideration. Always supervise kids and pets around the pool and place it in the spot that can be observed from the house.

Choose a reliable contractor

Get referrals from family and friends, read the online reviews, and look at their portfolio. Talk to at least three different builders and have a written contract that outlines all terms and paying schedule. Get estimates before starting but be aware that there might be some extra expenses along the way.

Insurance and taxes

In addition to construction and maintenance, there are some other costs that you should consider to make sure that it fits your budget. Speak to your insurance agent prior to building a pool as it may raise costs as well as annual property taxes. The good thing is that the pool will increase your property value but make sure that the overall budget for the pool will not exceed 10-15% of your home’s purchase price.

Doing the research will help you learn more and make good decisions. I hope that this list is going to encourage you to analyze all the aspects of building and having a pool.