Avoid these 5 planning mistakes with your pool project

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When deciding what kind of pool you want for your residential property, it’s important to carefully consider your options and avoid common mistakes that can lead to dissatisfaction or increased costs down the road.

Here are the top five mistakes to avoid when deciding on the type of pool:

  1. Not Properly Assessing Site and Space: Failing to thoroughly assess your property’s layout, topography, and available space can lead to issues later on. Consider factors such as soil conditions, drainage, sunlight exposure, and the proximity of trees and other structures. Failure to do so could result in costly modifications or limitations on pool design and placement.
  2. Choosing the Wrong Pool Type: There are various types of pools available, including in-ground, above-ground, vinyl-lined, fiberglass, and concrete (gunite or shotcrete) pools. Each type has its own advantages and considerations. Choosing the wrong type based on your budget, maintenance preferences, and aesthetic desires could lead to regrets later on.
  3. Underestimating Maintenance and Costs: Pools require regular maintenance to ensure water quality, safety, and overall functionality. Failing to account for ongoing maintenance costs, such as chemicals, water treatment, cleaning equipment, and potential repairs, can lead to unexpected financial burdens.
  4. Ignoring Local Regulations and Permits: Building a pool often requires obtaining permits and adhering to local regulations, zoning laws, and safety codes. Ignoring these requirements can lead to legal issues, delays, or even having to modify or remove the pool altogether.
  5. Neglecting Design and Aesthetic Considerations: A pool is a significant addition to your property’s aesthetics. Focusing solely on functionality without considering the overall design, landscaping, and integration with your outdoor living space can result in a pool that feels disconnected or out of place.

**Bonus Mistake** Not Considering Future Needs: Your lifestyle and needs may change over time, so it’s important to consider how the pool will fit into your future plans. Factors such as family growth, entertainment preferences, and potential home resale value should be taken into account when deciding on pool features and design.

To avoid these mistakes, it’s advisable to work closely with experienced pool designers, builders, and contractors who can guide you through the decision-making process and help you make informed choices based on your specific circumstances and preferences.

Avoid these 5 planning mistakes with your pool project


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