It was a beautiful night for a walk around my neighbourhood, I love this time of the year. It was the perfect temperature and not a mosquito or black fly in sight.
As I made my way out my front door and down the sidewalk I could hear a couple of the neighbours talking, the one family who just moved in last year is putting in a pool, “they’re coming to measure next week” he says. I didn’t get too much further down the street when I saw another neighbour in their front yard, we’ve been “hi there neighbour” acquaintances for years, he tells me they’re getting a pool too. SCORE!! I think to myself… there’s nothing better than having friends with a pool!
Wait a minute… yes there is… having your own pool!! A twinge of jealously may have come over me for a second or two.
We’ve been in our house for nearly 11 years and for a large chunk of those years, we’ve talked about getting a pool. The style I want would take up most of our suburban backyard mind you. Now that’s it’s almost pool time again, I know the kids would love it…
So tonight I’ve prepared a little “PRO only needed” list to discuss with the hubby when he gets back from work:
- I wouldn’t have to worry about the kids being elsewhere all summer, they’d be home in the pool.
- My two summer birthday boys would have easy birthday parties, tell their friends to bring their bathing suits.
- We wouldn’t have to rent a cottage or trailer in the Muskokas – we’d have a man-made lake (pool) in our own backyard.
- I wouldn’t have to drive to the local swimming pool and fight for a parking spot or a chair in the shade.
- I would look good floating in a lounger while my children brought me ice-cold drinks!
My list isn’t very realistic and it misses some key components and responsibilities when planning for a pool. Pools are a significant investment you need to be properly prepared for:
- Know your TRUE budget. How much can you really afford? Take the time to get your financing in order before you actually start getting pool quotes.
- Know what’s MOST important to you about the company who installs the pool. Write down your priorities and let this list be your compass when choosing who does work. Get referrals from friends and neighbours.
- Know the general difference between vinyl, concrete, and fibreglass. Find the product that fits your needs. So do your research on the different types of pools and figure out which one will best suit your yard.
- Know what ongoing expenditures you’ll have to deal with: chemicals, how to open and close a pool, maintenance, what equipment will you need, what kind of increase will you see in your utility bills.
- Know what you’ll need for insurance and safety. What size and type of enclosure do you need? Will your insurance increase when you get the pool? Find out what your insurance company covers you for and if the premiums will increase.
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