Sometimes the excitement of finally getting something you’ve been dreaming about can cloud the process. When we’re not paying attention to the details, this is where mistakes can be made. With a project as big and as costly as installing a new pool, you want to make sure you don’t make any mistakes. If this is your first time buying a pool for your home, be sure to avoid these common mistakes.
5 Mistakes First Time Pool Buyers Should Avoid
1. Not Looking Into/Obtaining a Permit
Before you start any project on your home, you should always find out if it requires a permit. More often than not, your project will require one, so it’s always best to look into this first. Depending on the province you live, the rules will be different, so make sure to check with your local municipality if you need a permit or if there is a building approval process.
You might be surprised to learn that not only will you need a permit for your pool, but also for the fence around it. Most municipalities will have similar codes in place for fencing as they do your pool. It’s important that your pool meets the local safety requirements and has a fence around it prior to filling it with water.
2. Not Knowing Your Pool’s Purpose
You know you want a pool, but for what, exactly? Do you plan to lounge by it during the summer months? Are you looking to do laps every morning? Or perhaps you’re looking for something to entertain your family and friends during get-togethers? Whatever you intend to use your pool for, make sure you figure it out before you speak to a pool pro.
If you think all pools are the same, think again. The type of pool you buy will depend on what its purpose will be. It will also impact the overall design/layout and additional features of your pool area. Not thinking about what you will use the pool for could result in you overspending because you’re not sure what you want. To make sure you get the right pool, think about what you want to use it for and tell your pro about your vision.
3. Hiring the Wrong Company
Once you’re aware of the permits you’ll need and you have an idea of what you want to use your pool for, the next step is to hire the right company for the job. Who you hire has a lot to do with how your final project will come out. This is why it’s always so important to weigh your options and talk to multiple companies before making a final decision.
One thing to note is that you will likely have to hire a landscaping company as well to ensure the pool works with your overall backyard. Some pool companies offer design services, but not all. Most of the time, a pool company just installs the pool. Be sure to enquire about this when first talking to companies and getting quotes. For more tips, read our full breakdown of how to hire the right pool company.
4. Not Understanding Your Contract and Warranty
For any project, big or small, you should understand your contract and warranty and what you’re getting into. It’s very important that you feel comfortable talking to your pro and asking them any questions you may have. While not all contracts and warranties will be the same, there are some standards they should all follow.
For example, there are usually three parts included in your pool warranty. They cover structural (the integrity of walls, reinforcements and concrete), equipment (filters, pumps, heaters) and plumbing components (material and work on electrical, gas, piping and pool plumbing). Ask specific questions to your pro like, who warranties what — the manufacturer or the dealer? Know the answers ahead of time will make things easier should you need a replacement part or repair.
5. Only Thinking about Upfront Costs
Not only is a pool expensive to install, but they’re also expensive to maintain. This is something that many first-time pool buyers do not think about. They’ve budgeted for the upfront costs of getting the pool installed but then are shocked come pool season to see all the fees associated.
Besides maintenance fees, there are also many accessories for your new pool that many owners consider must-haves. These are things like a filter system, steps/ladders, and skimmers, and all will add to your overall costs. Consider all the extra bits you will need to purchase and factor these into your overall pool budget.
Mistakes happen, but with proper planning and research, you can avoid the common ones. If you’re ready to take the plunge and have a pool installed in your backyard, be sure to keep these tips in mind as you start your research. When looking for quotes, use HomeStars you can easily and quickly be connected with top pool companies in your area. Simply click on the banner below and enter your project details. We’ll send them out to verified pros who will contact you with a quote so you can start swimming sooner rather than later.