Tips on Buying a Swimming Pool

In Ask the Pool Experts, Uncategorized by Swimming Pool Expert

Everyone dreams of having a swimming pool. But when the time comes, most people do not have enough information about what it takes to buy one. Some want a portable pool, others prefer an in-ground oasis. It’s no fun to travel into the unknown when it comes to buying a swimming pool. Before you do, here is what you should know:

Create a Vision Board

When buying a pool use Pinterest, create a scrapbook, or pin ideas you find while browsing to get an idea of what you want for your pool and backyard.

Your Ideas Matter

If you have a digital vision board on your phone, it can help the pool designer budget for the features you want. 

The Purpose

Do you want to build a pool to play sports, relax, or let your kids play? These are just a few of the many reasons people want a swimming pool. There are more reasons, so do your research because it all depends on the style and size of the pool. 

Maintenance

When buying a pool make it a habit to do regular water tests and disinfect the water. Remember that microorganisms thrive in pools, and even clear water can contain contaminants with bacteria that cause ear infections, stomach infections, and skin rashes.

It’s best to choose equipment with a long run time and a strong warranty. Make your pool operating costs a necessary part of your household budget.

Landscaping

Many choose to use artificial turf with travertine for decking, which reduces the amount of maintenance needed in the garden. On the other hand, garden lovers should look for plants that provide a natural breeze while keeping critters and bugs away.

Owning a swimming pool comes with other responsibilities to keep you, your family, and friends safe:

Municipal Ordinances

Check with your area for local ordinances and regulations regarding backyard pools, as they vary from city to city. For example, you may be required to obtain a fencing permit before you begin construction. You may also be required to erect a fence with a minimum height or install a self-latching gate for security.

Insurance

If you have homeowners’ insurance, it’s best to contact your insurance agent and let them know about building a swimming pool. An insurance broker can help you get additional coverage to protect you from certain damage claims, as well as liability insurance in case of an accident. Make sure you comply with municipal ordinances. 

Avoid Accidents

If you have children, never leave a child unattended, even for a second. Too often, a child drowns when a caregiver is not paying attention or when the child enters a pool area that does not have a self-closing and self-latching gate.

If the HOA or by-laws do not require it, consider a fence as part of your pool budget. Also, have some life jackets on hand for children and non-swimmers. It helps but is not a substitute for proper supervision.

If you follow each of these tips carefully, you will worry less and be able to enjoy your pool at home. Let Platinum Pools be the builder for you. We are always available to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the construction process. Call us today at 281.870.1600 or visit our website for a free quote.