Building a pool in your backyard is not as easy as it sounds. Apart from the swimming pool construction and installation fees, there’s also maintenance, safety measures, and landscaping that you have to worry about. So, how do you know if you’re ready to become a pool owner?
Look out for the following signs:
1. You have the budget
The cost of building an in-ground pool ranges from $20,000 to $65,000, depending on the type of material to be used. On top of that, there are also maintenance fees to consider, which can play around $1,000 to $4,000 every year, again depending on the type of pool that you have. But we’re not done yet! You also have to allot a budget for landscaping fees and safety measures (e.g., building a fence, installing alarms, buying a pool cover, etc.) as well.
Consider all the costs; building an in-ground pool is expensive. If you’re going to have to drain your savings for a pool or sacrifice other vital expenses, then you might have to put off this dream first.
2. You won’t regret it later
If you’ve always wanted to have a pool, it’s one of the best signs that you’re ready for one, because just like other major home modifications, building a pool is a big decision. Don’t let the excitement of having a pool in your backyard cloud your judgment. Hence, if the idea of building a pool has just recently come to you, it’s better to sit on it first before deciding lest you regret it afterward.
3. Your children are older
Building a pool while your kids are still small might not be a good idea. While there are lots of ways you can bar your tots from going into the pool when they’re not supposed to, the risk of pool-related accidents is never zero. Therefore, if you are a parent, wait until your children are a little bit older before building a pool. Better yet–wait until they know how to swim to minimize the risk of drowning.
4. You’ve done your research
Building a pool takes a lot of planning and research. Thus, to ensure you’re ready to be a pool owner, you have to know what type of pool you want, what shape do you want it to be, where you want to place it in your backyard, and how much is it going to cost you. This will make it easier for you to find a suitable contractor and plan the pool accordingly.
5. You’re ready for the disruption
Building a pool can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months. So if you’re not ready to lose access to your backyard and have your routine disrupted by the construction, it might not be the right time to build a pool just yet.
Building a pool is something that shouldn’t be done on a whim, even if you already have the budget for it. So if you’re thinking of building a pool in your backyard, these are the signs to look out for that might mean you are ready for it.