You can technically dig a hole in your backyard and essentially build a pool yourself, but when you actually consider everything that would be involved if you go the DIY route with pool building, it soon becomes clear why it’s much better to work with a professional pool company. Below, we explain why building a pool yourself isn’t such a good idea.
There are several steps involved in the pool-building process. It’s easy to quickly get overwhelmed or overlook some very important details if you do the work yourself. At a minimum, constructing a pool involves:
• Determining a suitable location
• Deciding on the specifics of the design and style
• Using materials suitable for your budget and preferences
• Doing the work in a way that meets applicable local guidelines or requirements
Building a pool requires getting permits. Securing the required local permits and making arrangements for related inspections can be a time-consuming process if you’re doing things yourself. Professional builders can often get everything that’s needed fairly quickly. Plus, if you unintentionally make mistakes on the permit application, you could find yourself dealing with frustrating delays.
Realistically, you’re not going to build a pool with just a shovel and a lot of elbow grease. You’ll need to rent equipment and get all the materials required. You’ll also have to get everything needed to maintain the pool (e.g., filters, pumps, etc.). When you tally the final costs, all these things can quickly exceed your intended budget. By working with an experienced builder, you’ll get a more accurate estimate that typically covers all the bases before any work is done. What’s more, a professional local builder can keep costs in check once you’ve established your budget by:
• Suggesting design alternatives that streamline costs
• Recommending materials that last longer and require less maintenance
• Offering money-saving suggestions you may not have considered
The process of building a pool, even if you get some help from friends, can go on for much longer than expected. Professional builders have the team members and resources needed to stick to general estimates for project completion. They’re also more likely to be ready to get to work once all the details have been worked out.
Let’s say you build a pool yourself. When the basics are in place, you may not be able to immediately use it. For instance, you might need to fix up the area around it or add steps and other extras that make it more usable and inviting. If you work with an experienced pool builder, it’s common for many of the extras involved with the process to be taken care of as well. This ultimately means your pool will be ready for use once the crew leaves.
When you’re ready to add a pool to your home, don’t try to do it yourself. Reach out to the experienced pros at San Diego Pools, the San Diego pool construction experts who have been transforming customer dreams into reality with innovative design and custom construction for more than 40 years. Give us a call today at 888-707-7786 to learn how we can build the pool of your dreams.