Putting in a new in-ground swimming pool is a major undertaking, and it’s not something you should jump into without first checking how deep the water is. As such, there are a few steps you should take before committing to building a new swimming pool.
Step 1: Get Your Financial Ducks In Order
Even before you check with any contractors or explore your options, you should make sure that your finances can take a significant hit. You can expect the cost of a new pool to run you anywhere from five to six digits, and only half of that will be spent on the pool itself. Additional costs will likely include a four-foot fence with self-latching gates, a concrete skirt for the pool, electrical wiring for the pumps and underwater lights, pool accessories and a shed to store them in, plus landscaping and deck building.
On top of that, you can expect annual maintenance and repair costs to be around 10 percent of the pool’s cost. You should also check with your homeowner’s insurance provider to find out if they charge extra for pool coverage.
If you think you have enough money to spare, though, or else you expect you can borrow what you need, you can move on to step 2.
Step 2: Vet Your Contractor, Vet Your Lot
Considering the amount of money you’ll be spending, no one is going to feel insulted if you shop around for contractors and ask for second and third opinions. Once you’ve found someone you can trust, however, you should go over your lot with them to find a spot that doesn’t overlap with power lines or water mains. If your lot is especially rocky or steep, that will also add some expense to digging out the hole and even putting up the fence.
Step 3: Plan Your Pool
A new swimming pool is much more than a hole in the ground, it’s an opportunity to reshape and beautify your property. You should decide what kind of pool to get based on what you want it to look like and what the local environment will permit. Remember to get your contractor’s input on this part – after all, they’ve built a lot more pools than you have. This is also the point when you should figure out the exact cost and get whatever financing you need.
Step 4: Check Your Statutes And Get Your Permit
Pools can be dangerous for young children, the elderly and pets, so there are almost always a number of regulations at the state and local level regarding where you can build a pool and what safety features you need to install. Your contractor probably knows them all, but you should still check yourself in case something’s changed.
Step 5: Build The Thing!
Congratulations! Now just make sure you take good care of it and use it in good health. It’s your pool, after all, so the rest is up to you.