Now that summer's approaching, you may be thinking about building a swimming pool. Heed these helpful tips, and you'll be happily floating in your new pool by the time the weather warms up.
By Miriam Kasdan
December 31, 1969
About the Author
- Don't shop like you're buying a car. All swimming pools are not built the same, so you won't see everything you're paying for.
- Ask lots of questions. Do your homework in advance of hiring a builder. The more you know, the better consumer you'll be.
- Three or four estimates should be enough. You don't need to get 15 estimates to make the right decision about a contractor.
- Check the experience level, background, and history of the swimming pool builder before signing on the dotted line. Find out what makes them qualified to build your swimming pool.
- Don't base your shopping on price alone. You get what you pay for, so a quality job may come with the more expensive estimate.
- Don't shop for a swimming pool over the phone. Visit the contractor or swimming pool builder in person, or have them visit your home. You will learn a lot by seeing their business for yourself.
- Don't assume swimming pools are cheaper to build in the winter. They will never be less expensive than they are today.
- Read the contract carefully. Make sure you understand all the terms, and get everything in writing.
- Both the aesthetics and mechanics are important. Besides looking attractive, your swimming pool needs to stay clean and sanitized. Hydraulic design, flow rates, and filter types matter.
- Always keep safety in mind. Swimming pools are a great place to have fun, swim, and splash up a storm. But remember to follow your city's regulations for barriers and fencing, to protect those who can't protect themselves.
Miriam Kasdan has been writing and editing marketing and technical materials for almost 20 years and specializes in home improvement features. Miriam earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.
*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.