So everyone in the family is on board with getting a pool, and you can hardly wait to while away the hours poolside. Unfortunately, one-size-fits-all doesn’t apply when it comes to pools, and you’ll have to do some serious thinking (and budgeting) to determine which style is best.
Firstly, you’ll want to figure out who will be using the pool. (If you thought your kids had friends, just wait until classmates find out you’re the new owner of an in-ground natatorium!) Include friends, family, and neighbors in the tally, taking into account how well everyone gets along and whether you’ll need space to keep adults and kids apart. If your little ones are on the rowdy side, consider investing in a sturdier material than your average above-ground vinyl.
Next, you’ll want to consider purpose. Is your pool just for a quick dip or is it the centerpiece of your backyard BBQ? If the latter, you’ll need to reorganize the layout of your yard, or at least invest in outdoor accoutrements to set the mood. If you live in close quarters with neighbors, ensure that your pool will not be imposing on their property (or privacy!).
Third, you’ll want to think about maintenance. While the price tag of your pool will be apparent, the added cost of upkeep over time is sure to leave a significant dent in your wallet. Research local repair companies, and make sure that replacement parts or materials are not charged at a premium. Will you still be able to mow your grass? Where will kids put their wet suits? All of these and more are practicalities that you’ll want to consider as secondary investments.
With a plethora of possibilities at your fingertips, the choice to install a pool is one of the most exciting decisions that you can make as a homeowner. Not only will your investment increase your home’s value, but it will strengthen the bond that you have with friends and family alike. Good luck!