Many people fantasise about having their very own swimming pool, but think that it’s something that is just not possible. Well, we have news for you! As long as you have the space and a fair amount of budget then it may be far more achievable than you think. Swimming pools add a huge amount of value to a house when it comes to selling it, and having a pool adds so much quality of life – it’s no wonder a pool is such a popular addition to a house. Getting the pool you have always wanted is far easier than you think, so read on for some helpful tips on how to get started:
Do Your Planning
Where do you want the pool to go? What sort of size are you looking for? Do you need to get planning permission for it? How deep do you want it and what will you be using to power it? These are all questions that you need to ask yourself sooner rather than later, as the more organised you are, the more quickly you can pull it all together. Read up on pool maintenance and find out what it takes to keep pools clean and hygienic. Are you ready to take that sort of commitment on? Speak to friends that have pools installed already and ask them what they would change, what they have learnt and whether they think it’s a good idea for you to get one.
Prepare the Land
Once you have decided on the sort of pool you’d like, it’s time to prepare the land. If you have gone for an over-ground pool then the site will need to be cleared and levelled so that there is a flat base for it to sit on. If you have opted for an in-ground pool then you will need to hire a company to come in and dig out, or excavate, the area required. A pool installation company may well be able to do this for you, or at least recommend somebody that can. Either way, make sure the dedicated area is cleared and levelled and free of obstruction so that the pool installers can get straight on with their work.
Oversee the Installation
It may take some time to find a pool installation company that you are happy with (make sure you have compared portfolios and quotes first to get the right people in). Once the company has been chosen and rates have been agreed, find the time to sit down and speak with them and explain in detail what it is you want. While the installation process happens, keep a keen eye so that you know plans are not misconstrued and mistakes are not being made.
When the pool is finished then it’s time for the inaugural pool opening party! Make sure all the safety facilities are in place, and it’s all finished off before you allow people to use it. Set out some sun loungers and tables around the pool, spread the word and enjoy your pool’s first ever party!
Jenny Wadlow is a freelance blogger who is keen on writing about diverse topics. She is currently writing for GTH Earthmoving, who specializes in land clearing. In her spare time, she likes to paint and listen to music. You can catch up with her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.