As the thermometer rises throughout the blistering summer months, there’s one home improvement project you won’t be able to get out of your head – installing a backyard swimming pool. When it comes to shopping for one, don’t just dive in headfirst! Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before installing a pool.
Do I Have Enough Space for a Pool?
The best place to start when considering the installation of a pool is your backyard. Look around and ask yourself if you have enough space. An average rectangular pool can be 10 x 20 feet or larger while round pools can reach sizes greater than 10 feet in diameter. If you’ve answered yes to this question, move on to the next one. If you don’t currently have this kind of space, view the last question in this post.
Should I Choose an In-Ground or Above-Ground Pool?
There are many intricacies that come with both in-ground and above-ground swimming pools. The trick is finding out what works best for you. Here are a few benefits of an in-ground pool:
- Increases the value of your home.
- Completely customizable from the shape to the color of the tiles.
- Less prone to damages over time.
And here are a few benefits of an above-ground pool:
- Simple installation.
- More budget-friendly upfront.
- Less risk for accidents to occur.
Can I Maintain This Long-Term Investment?
Buying a pool is sort of like adopting a puppy. You might be excited right now to get one installed, but can you maintain your pool over the years to come? Pool owners have several maintenance-related responsibilities including understanding how their pool functions, when and how to properly clean it, knowing what to do with it during the winter, and more.
What’s My Budget?
If you’re still reading this then it means you’re ready for the next step – budgeting. Let’s look to HomeAdvisor who offers the cost of an in-ground pool. According to their numbers, installing an in-ground pool can range between $36,740 and $66,486. Factors include the location of where you live, the size of the pool, and any additional landscaping that may need to be done. Above-ground pools, however, tend to run between $1,000 and $3,000 for their installation. Accessories such as pool decks, lights, and diving boards will increase the overall cost for both.
Is it Time to Buy a New Home?
If you don’t have enough space in your backyard for a swimming pool or the cost doesn’t fit your monthly budget, then maybe it’s time to start looking for a new home. Trust The Massey Team to find the perfect home with everything you have ever wanted – including a pool!
Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298, and view our current listings on our website.