The swimming pool is perhaps the quintessential home improvement item for most Americans. For many homeowners, putting in a pool means that they have arrived. It’s a big investment, to be sure, but it’s also a way to ensure many years’ worth of good times for your family and friends. Like so many others, have you been dreaming of your own pool for a while now? Are you trying to decide if it’s time to “take the plunge”? Here are some things to consider before you decide to put in your swimming pool.
Do You Know What Type You Want?
Some people opt for a professionally installed above-ground pool, while others go a step farther and have an in-ground one dug. Obviously, there are pros and cons to both. Above-ground pools are cheaper, but they’re also less sturdy and won’t add value to your home in the same way as an in-ground will. Deciding what type you want should be the first step you take because everything else will depend on whether your pool is above or below the ground.
Do You Have Space?
Regardless of which type you choose, your pool is going to take up a lot of space in your yard. Not only do you have to account for the pool itself, but also space for your family to climb in and dry off, and probably a small patio or seating area so you can enjoy the space even when you aren’t swimming. Don’t cram a pool into a yard that’s too small– you’ll come to regret it. If you’re tight on space, consider getting a small above-ground pool for the time being because it’s temporary and you can upgrade in the future if things change.
Are You Ready for the Upkeep?
Pools are loads of fun, but they can also be a lot of work. You have to keep your chemicals balanced or your water will turn green. You’ll also have to keep leaves and other trash out with a net, and if you get a lot of rain, you’ll need to drain out the excess water. Pools aren’t for the faint of heart! If you don’t love the idea of doing your own maintenance, there are some pool services who will come out to your property and maintain it for you– just remember that it comes at a cost. Whether you decide to DIY or go with the pros, remember that your pool will need to be kept up for as long as you have it– and especially if you’re going in-ground, that’s going to be a very long time. But it’s so worth it!
Decide now if you’re ready to dive into purchasing a pool for your home. If you get plans started soon, you’ll be able to enjoy your space as soon as summer. And consider a fence to keep unwanted critters or children out of your pool when you’re not around.