Top 5 Things to Know before Having a Pool Installed

Top 5 Things to Know before Having a Pool Installed

A pool can be a much-appreciated investment if you live in the San Diego area, given the pleasant weather conditions and warm temperatures common in Southern California. While we do hope you enjoy your new pool, there are some very important steps to take as you get started with the pool-building process. Below, we go over the top five things you need to know before you actually have your pool installed.

1. What You Can Afford to Spend

Get started by clearly determining your budget before your pool is installed. The last thing you want is to have construction on your new pool come to a screeching halt because of funding issues. Fortunately, an experienced pool builder can help you find creative and sensible solutions to get pretty much everything you want in a pool without overstretching your budget.

2. The Spot for Your Pool

Have your heart set on the location for your pool before installation begins. If the pool has to be moved right in the middle of construction, your costs will go up significantly. You can use a design app that allows you to virtually put your new pool in different spots so you can confidently pick your preferred location, but it’s best to hire a contractor with real-life experience in pool design.

3. What Permits & Regulations Apply

Another possible issue that could come up with your pool involves codes, permits, regulations, and guidelines that apply locally. This is also something a seasoned local pool builder can help you out with, since they know the area and what regulations apply. Codes tend to govern such things as how far from your property line your pool can be and what has to be done to maintain proper drainage. Some municipalities also have requirements for pool gates and locks for residential pools.

4. How You’ll Be Using Your Pool

How your pool will be used is definitely something you’ll want to know before your pool is actually installed. If you’ll be swimming laps, make sure there’s enough space to do this. Special accommodations can also be made if you’ll need access for pool users with mobility issues. Other factors to consider with regard to how you’ll use your new pool include:

• Whether or not you have children—and if you do, how they’ll use the pool
• What kind of features you want included (e.g., bubblers, in-pool lighting, waterfalls, etc.)
• Whether or not you also want an in-pool or pool-adjacent spa or hot tub installed

5. What You’ll Be Doing with the Area Around Your Pool

Lastly, take some time to consider what you want to do with the space surrounding your pool. It’s important to know this ahead of time so your options aren’t limited after your pool has been built. For instance, if you want a more extensive pool deck, you may not be able to get it if your pool is built in a way that doesn’t give you the space you need. Also, consider what you’ll do with your landscape in pool-adjacent areas. Letting your builder know this information ahead of time allows for any appropriate layout adjustments to be made or suggested based on what you have in mind.

If you’re considering adding a pool to your home, make sure to work with an exceptional San Diego pool contractor. The team of experts from San Diego Pools specializes in every aspect of commercial and residential pool construction, and we’ve been building the finest pools in Southern California for more than forty years. Call us today at 888-707-7786 for a complimentary consultation.

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