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Turning a drab backyard into a pool paradise takes planning. The entire process, from getting quotes to finding a pool design you like to the pool installation to the first pool party can take months. This is why if you want to be lounging by the pool next Memorial Day, it’s a good idea to start your planning now.
An added benefit of planning in the fall is that pool contractors aren’t as busy and can get you into their schedule sooner than they could in the spring. Below are some of the basic steps in the pool planning and implementation process.
Step 1: Choose the Location
If you have a smaller yard, this isn’t such a hard decision. But if you have an expansive backyard, you’ll want to consider if you want the pool close to the house and connected to the patio (ideal if you have kids) or if you want the pool set further away from the house for some privacy. Keep in mind that a pool builder can remove trees and build a pool pretty much anywhere, even on a slope.
The size of the pool you want will also help determine the location. Olympic-sized lap pools need lots of space, while cocktail pools can be squeezed into some of the smallest spaces.
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Step 2: Choose the Type of Inground Pool
Once you have a general idea of the location and size of the pool you want, you’ll need to decide if you want a custom concrete pool or a fiberglass pool. They both have their pros and cons, and it’s a decision you will want to thoughtfully consider. In general, a fiberglass pool will cost less to install, but you are limited to the pool designs the manufacturer makes. Whereas with a concrete pool, you can customize every inch of it.
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Step 3: Choose a Pool Builder
Not all pool builders are alike. Some only install fiberglass pools with little customization, while outdoor living companies can install a custom concrete pool, paver patio, pool pavilion, pool waterfall, and much more. Be sure to hire a contractor who can implement your vision.
Get recommendations from friends and coworkers who have pools. Check out company websites and examine their Portfolio pages. Do they install the type of pool and the high-end quality projects you’re thinking about? Interview at least a few contractors before deciding who to work with.
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Step 4: Line Up Pool Financing
Once you’ve selected who to work with, it’s time to set up pool financing. The pool builder may recommend a financing company they work with. You can also get a home equity loan or personal loan. Explore your options to see what works best for you.
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Step 5: Excavation and Construction
The big dig is when it all starts to look real. The time it takes to physically build or install your inground pool will depend on whether you choose a custom concrete pool or a fiberglass pool. You can expect heavy machinery and some noise during the installation process, but the disturbance will all be worth it in the end.
Step 6: Everybody in the Water!
By getting your inground pool installation process underway in the fall, your pool will be ready to open at the first sign of summer weather. Beat the rush and get started in your planning today.
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