Pools can be the most significant source of joy and fun. When you consider how singers like Kendrick Lamar, Dire Straits, and Loudon Wainwright III wrote entire songs about taking a chilly dip or dancing on a hot summer’s day, it makes you want to slip out of your sweaty clothes and into your swimsuit and cannonball into the pool. The only problem is, you don’t have one. Getting a swimming pool in your backyard is no mean feat. It requires a lot of deliberation, money, and effort. Before nosediving into your swimming pool installation, keep a few tips in your back pocket.
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#1 Calculate the Costs
Do you want a pool? Yes? Great! Can you afford said pool? Cue the sound of crickets chirping. The possibility of installing the pool, the size, and the materials will depend on how much you can spend. It would help to obtain quotations from a few websites and talk to friends, family members, and neighbours with swimming pools. Before assuming a website’s price is too high or too low, ask your contacts when they got their pools because the costs fluctuate depending on the demand, the experience of the team, and the quality of service. It’s always better to opt for an in-person consultation with a professional so that they can assess your property and suggest budget-friendly options.
#2 Estimate the Timeframe
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Well, guess what? Pools aren’t built overnight. A swimming pool installation means workers and machinery will operate on your premises. How long will you be able to endure the sound of machines and the chatter of people? Is the installation occurring on a working day or a weekend? Is the work commencing and concluding at convenient times of the day? You should initiate the installation only if and when you can supervise the job, at least from a distance. Do not let the construction clash with the busiest days of your work week, family outing days, or times of religious services.
#3 Safety Concerns
Most accidental child drownings occur due to the absence of a responsible adult. Get a swimming pool safety net and barriers to reduce the risk of accidents and fatalities. Children are easily attracted to pretty turquoise water. When they are little, they know next to nothing about precautions. A net over your swimming pool is strong enough to take your child’s weight and taut enough to ensure they don’t go all the way in. It would also be a good idea to install a CCTV camera in the pool area. Keep floaters handy, just in case. You might also want to install railings to facilitate entering and leaving the water.
#4 Property Specifications
Depending on where in Victoria you live, you will need to research the county’s standards and specifications regarding pool construction. You can find this information online. If you have questions or concerns regarding your swimming pool installation, there will be emails and phone numbers to contact. It’s always best to be on the right side of the law. Even the swimming pool contractors can assist you in this regard. They will be familiar with the legal requirements as they serve clients in different counties.
Further, the slope of your backyard and the type of soil will determine the possibility and speed of the installation. If your property is on remote or rocky terrain, more equipment will be required.
Swimming pools are huge investments. They add visual appeal to your property and increase its value. Do your homework before jumping into a pool project.