Tips for Buying an Inground Pool

If you are considering investing in a pool this summer, read on!

By FamilyTime


An inground pool is a major investment and so before you dive into the project, do your research. It's not too early to begin!

Once it's installed, the pool will give you hours of pleasure, become a focal point for the backyard and at-home entertaining, and may add to the resale value of your house.

Choose the Right Pool Company
This is critical. Ask friends and neighbors who have built pools for recommendations. When you talk to the pool company, ask about its history, how long its been in business, and ask for referrals. Check the company with the Better Business Bureau, too.

Discuss the budget for the pool with the company representative. Try to cover everything so that you don't run into surprises. Does the price include the decking? Landscaping? Does it include filters and other equipment?

Does the company maintain the pool? How does its service contract work?

Choose the Right Pool
Inground pools are made of three materials: concrete, fiberglass and vinyl.

Concrete is less costly than fiberglass but requires more maintenance over the years. It is the most common material and comes with a few different finishes.

Fiberglass pools are pre-shaped and then inserted in an excavated hole in your backyard. Fiberglass is durable and does well in all weather. The water in a fiberglass pool does not need as many chemicals as that in a concrete or vinyl pool -- but it still requires chemicals.

Vinyl is the material for a liner that is stretched over panels anchored in the ground. It is smooth and easy to clean, but can have a shorter life span than concrete or fiberglass.

Decide on the shape of the pool and how you will use it. Do you want to swim laps? If so, you may only need a pool that is about four feet deep. Do you want to be able to dive into a deep pool? Do you plan to set up a volley ball net?

Shaped pools, such as kidney shaped, rounded, or otherwise configured are a little more difficult to maintain and clean than rectangular ones.

Decide if you should buy a pool cover, a heater, and some sort of automatic cleaner and water level indicator. Discuss this with the company.

Also discuss decking -- concrete is the most popular and can be made to look like stone -- and landscaping.  

Decide if you want extra ladders, steps, slides, diving boards, underwater seats, and a spa. All add to the pleasure of the pool, but extras are expensive.

The Boring Stuff
Finally, talk to the town before you sign the contract with the pool company. Know what permits you will need and if there have any requirements for construction.

Pull the survey of your property for the contractor. Be sure you know where all underground wires, gas lines, well lines, and septic systems are.

The Fun Stuff
When summer arrives, dive in -- with a splash! How refreshing!