How to Plan for Your Spring Time Pool Installation
Forget about spring cleaning. It’s time you start preparing for spring building. For many homeowners, spring is the best time to have their new swimming pool installed. Whether it’s a longing for warmer weather or you’re itching for a refreshing dip in the pool after sitting in the hot summer sun, now is the time to start planning your installation. To make sure your project is planned to perfection here’s our spring building checklist.
One of the most important aspects of planning includes accurately assessing the financial side of the installation. To make sure you understand the full scale of the project there are expenses that you must consider including:
Cost of Construction: Depending on the type of pool you are installing, there is a definite cost that adds up. This is by far the most significant financial aspect you should consider. However, one you put in the monetary value of construction, the benefits often add up to even more.
Property Value: Generally, the value of your property will increase after you install a swimming pool. Most families and property owners consider pools an add-on that enhances the price of your property.
Property Taxes: Along with the cost of owning a pool and increase in your property value, you’ll also have a resulting property tax increase. However, above-ground pools are typically not considered permanent structures and are exempt from taxation. Also, if your pool is only used for part of the year, the taxes may be less.
Insurance: Before building, make sure you have adequate coverage. This includes protection during construction. You may also look into your other insurance costs including fire insurance (which may reduce after installation).
Utilities: Another aspect to consider is the cost of utilities. From water bills to the cost of heating and electricity, you should expect a higher monthly bill. You can obtain a rough estimate by contacting your utility company or asking pool owners in your area.
Maintenance and Upkeep: Along with utilities, you should consider the financial responsibilities related to maintaining a pool. Routine maintenance includes sanitation equipment and cleaning products. You can opt to do this on your own or through a pool cleaning service provider.
After considering all of the financial sides of building a pool, the next thing is choosing your exact location. A swimming pool will dramatically change the look and feel of your home. Whether you want an indoor, outdoor, or above-ground pool, there are a few things you should look at when choosing a location:
Building Codes: These codes set minimum standards for construction including design elements and materials. Check with your local institution early on to understand your options.
Health & Safety Codes: There may be specific laws that you must adhere to in your area including water quality, lifesaving equipment, and protective fences and gates.
Deed Restrictions and Zoning Laws: Make sure you understand the details of your property including the rules set by your homeowner’s association or the actual space where you could build.
Weather: Another aspect to consider when building is the weather surrounding your property. Are you worried about the climate? Consider an indoor pool or understand that your pool might be a seasonal attraction. Also consider the exposure of your property—especially in terms of sun, shade, and wind.
Working with one of our experts we can assess your property and suggest the optimal site location.
If you are planning on building an outdoor pool, you must also consider the landscape. Working with a contractor, you can design a plot plan that includes all of the following:
- Dimensions of your lot
- Location of decks, patios, walks, fences, walls, dining areas, pool houses, and other structures
- Locations of easements
- Water, gas, sewers, and underground electrical locations that could affect the position
- Sun and wind patterns
- Potential problems beyond lot lines including privacy, view, and sun restrictions
- Contours of your lot
- Natural features—soil types, wet spots, trees, etc.
Finding a Professional
Careful planning is one of the best ways you can assure you have a flawlessly executed project. However, contracting the help of a professional is the best way to get it done. Working with our professionals, we will help you find everything you need including contractors, landscape architects, designers, engineers, and more. Get in touch with us today to start the planning process off the right way.