The time has finally arrived for you to install the pool or spa you have always dreamed of. Now, as you look at establishing your pool or spa, please take into consideration our Installing a new pool or spa tips to get you off to a strong start.
Consider the type of pool or spa
Are you ready to dig up your backyard to put in a pool or would you prefer an above ground? Both have their perks and downfalls, so when you are deciding, take the time to consider which is best for your family. There are a variety of styles of both above and inground pools now, from lap pools, splash pools or plunge pools, for you to choose from.
Above-ground pools are quick and easy to install, without the need to use excavators or other heavy machinery. These are a great option if you want to get your pool in quickly before summer starts, or if you prefer a more temporary pool or spa.
Inground pools or spas do take longer to install, however, are a sturdier, more permanent choice than the above-ground option.
Assess the location
A pool or spa can take up a large portion of your backyard, so choose where you want to place your pool carefully. Finding the right place to set your pool is a delicate balance between maximizing your grassed area, but not wedging your pool or spa into a tight unseen corner. For safety, your pool or spa should be within sight of your house, but cannot be too close to a dwelling. Leave room for your pool fence and enough space in and around the pool enclosure to still enjoy your backyard.
Before choosing your final location, speak to your installation company to make sure all the necessary checks are done. You or your installation company may need to complete a dial-before-you-dig search to find any sewerage, water, electricity or gas lines that may impact placement. Speak to your local council to ensure you will not be impacted by easements or overland flow paths for the optimum placement of your pool or spa. Your council may request a flood study to be performed on your property to deem it suitable for a pool or spa.
Map out the costs
Pool and spas are a considerable investment, starting at as little as $25,000 for a small above ground pool. Depending on your type of pool or spa and how it is constructed, the price can rise very quickly. Concrete inground pools and spas are the most expensive but pay off in the long run as they are long-wearing.
Shaped pools are also going to be more expensive than standard rectangular pools. Keep this in mind as you plan.
Although the cost of installing a pool is extensive, also examine the long-term costs for upkeep and maintenance. Consider the cost of chemicals and water, as well as regular maintenance on your pool parts and fence. A pool is a long term, year-round investment so remember to consider the extra costs. If your pool is heated, you can use it all year round, however, heating a large pool also comes with a high price. Alternatively, putting your pool out of use during the cooler months still means ongoing maintenance to stop pool water becoming stagnant and attracting mosquitos. Even in cooler months, you will have continuing and regular costs attached to your pool.
Research your options
Choosing the style of your pool is the most exciting part of the planning phase, and it will give you a good idea of the overall cost of your pool or spa. From tiles or pavers, lined, tiles or concrete and your type of fence, speak with your installer about what is best for your property and price.
All pools and spas over 30cm deep must be fully fenced, not just around the entry or ladder.
Weigh up the benefits
Pools and spas are a fantastic investment for fun and fitness, an excellent activity for the entire family, especially in the hot Australian climate. Although you have always dreamed of owning a house with a pool, consider the time you will spend enjoying the pool and whether it is worth investing. Will you jump in every weekend or is it more of a once-a-month activity? Pools also take a lot of time for maintenance. Between scooping leaves, checking water levels and balancing chemicals, will you be spending more time maintaining your pool or spa than enjoying it?
If you can share the pool chores with others, this will significantly assist you in investing more fun time than work time into your pool or spa.
After reading these tips about installing your new pool or spa, you are now ready to plan and install. Speak to your local pool and spa specialist to find the best fit for your family and yard. Best of luck with your installation!
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