One of the most common topics debated by a new homeowner going through the building process is whether or not to install a backyard swimming pool. Obviously there are positives and negatives to owning a pool like the ability to host summer pool parties but an increase in weekend tasks like cleaning and pool maintenance. Before installing a pool you also have to consider the increase in your homeowners insurance as well as the need for increased safety measures.
Before taking the plunge, there are a few things to consider. How much pool can I afford? Is my yard suited for a pool? Who should install my pool and how long will it take? What should I know about safety and insurance? Of course you need to always keep in mind that there are ongoing expenditures associated with owning a pool. Chemicals, regular maintenance, opening and closing a pool, and pool equipment are all things that need to be taken into consideration.
Choosing a contractor is a very important step in the pool building process. It is always a good idea to get referrals from family or friends, but if that is not an option, then it is a good idea to talk to more than one builder.
Safety is a #1 concern for pool owners, especially if you have small children. Proper enclosures and fencing are necessary to ensure the safety of children, pets, and any wildlife. There are many pool safety products available. From safety fence sections to pool alarms, you can find just about anything.
Insurance coverage for a swimming pool is part of homeowners insurance. Some insurance companies raise premiums for owning a pool, and others do not. It is smart to speak with your insurance agent prior to purchasing or building your pool.
If you are looking to build a pool in your backyard, First Choice Landscaping does a great job, and we have to give them credit for the photos above!