By Cameron Heffernan
December 31, 1969
So you're considering putting an inground swimming pool
in your backyard? Before you dive in, here are some things you should take into account:
- Maintenance - your swimming pool will have to be cleaned regularly (typically weekly) and closed for the winter. Take this time and cost into consideration when pool shopping.
- Sun - Exposure to the sun can keep your inground swimming pool water warm and cut down on heating costs (if applicable). It also limits the amount of leaves and other debris that can fall into the pool.
- Storage shed - many people like to keep pool accessories in an equipment shed near the inground swimming pool. Make sure you leave room for it. If you keep your fiberglass pool's heater in the shed, make sure it is adequately ventilated.
- Re-finance - after you install the swimming pool and complete construction, consider having your home re-assessed; a fiberglass pool will enhance its resale value.
- Size - make sure that you leave enough space in your backyard or deck to accommodate both your new fiberglass pool as well as accessories like deck chairs, barbecue grills and kids' toys.
- Re-Insure - you may need to take out additional homeowners insurance to cover the new inground swimming pool.
- Evaporation - wind directly on the swimming pool can increase evaporation. Consider placing bushes or small trees to block the pool from wind.
- Accessibility - make sure that your new fiberglass pool is constructed to maximize easy access from the house, deck or yard.
By following some of these easy recommendations and choosing an experienced swimming pool company, you're on your way to hours of enjoyment and a more valuable property.
About the Author
Cameron Heffernan is a writer, editor, and journalist, who has worked for publications such as PC World and a variety of freelance Internet sites. Cam is currently Communications Manager at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2000, he was a founding employee of a company that developed project management software. That firm was later acquired by a technology firm near Sacramento. He has expertise in web content authoring, management of development and maintenance of web sites, and product and service reviews. Cam has a BA in Journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse School.
*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.