Pool Basics

Everything you need to know about your pool

There's nothing like a cool dip in a deep blue swimming pool - especially on a hot summer day when there's nothing else to do. It's the perfect summer activity for adults and kids alike. Many people would love a pool, but don't really know where to start shopping for one or what to consider. The task can be daunting - but it doesn't have to be, if you know what to look for.

If you're thinking of buying a pool, you probably have a lot of questions. You might be concerned about quality and safety, how to operate and maintain your pool, and of course, the most important question - how much will it cost? It might help to make a list of what you and your family are looking for in a pool before you start to shop around.

Consider:

  • The cost of your new pool . Think about things like the cost of installation, pool chemicals and the implements and accessories to maintain your pool. Don't forget about other potential costs like extra landscaping and lighting. You'll also have to consider the extra property taxes, the assembly of a mandatory fence and other safety features.
  • How much pool insurance will be and if you'll need it. If it's not already covered, you'll have to take out insurance on your pool to protect yourself and your investment. If you're going to pay out a lot of money to build a pool, you're not going to want to have to replace or repair it yourself in case of accidents, nor will you want to be liable for any injuries that may occur. Check with your insurance company to see if your pool is already covered under your house insurance policy. If not, find out what kind of insurance you need.
  • Your new pool's construction costs and methods. If you're going to build a pool, have it built correctly. You'll need to find an accredited pool contractor with a history of good work. Don't be afraid to ask for references or contact information from past pool customers, so you can check on how their pools are working out. Get several price quotes from different contractors, and shop around. If you don't feel comfortable with a contractor, then don't hire them.
  • The ins and outs of spring pool opening. Are you ready for this? Spring pool opening is a chore for many, but a delight for many more because they look forward to the fun of summer. Some people open the pool themselves and others hire a company to do it for them. Whatever you choose, you should make a checklist of what to do, so you don't forget anything. This will also help you to avoid running into problems down the road.

Pools are the ultimate in summer fun, so get ready to dive into being a pool owner. Though owning a pool can sometimes seem overwhelming, the fun you'll get out of it will make up for the hard work you put into it.

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