Things to consider before installing a swimming pool

So you’re thinking about adding a new swimming pool to your property, and maybe you’re not sure where to start. Like any significant renovation on your home, there are many things to consider before installing a swimming pool.

It’s essential to give proper thought and research before you even begin the process of installing a new swimming pool. Making the mistake of choosing the wrong builder, not adhering to legislation, or even selecting a less-than-ideal location can become costly in the long run.

So, what are the main things to consider? 

  • Purpose – why have a swimming pool?
  • Budget – there are more costs to consider than just the pool itself.
  • Location – choosing the right place on your property is essential.
  • Legislation and choosing a builder – a critical step in the process.
  • Maintenance – some important things to think about.

Let’s dive deeper into the points to get right before you start the process of installing a swimming pool.

Why install a swimming pool?

A swimming pool is an expensive renovation, and skimping on costs could come back to bite you down the track in the form of further renovations or even fines. When a pool and the surrounding landscape is done well, it can provide you with enjoyment for many years to come.

As a starting point, a swimming pool installation can cost a minimum of $25,000 and often up to $50,000. The cost of a swimming pool can vary greatly, depending on the type you choose to install.

In-ground pools

Usually the most expensive option as they require excavation of the landscape, an in-ground pool comes with extra building expenses. They also need a flatter landscape. That said, inground pools are seen as more permanent additions and add value to your property when maintained well.

Above-ground pools

An above-ground pool is a great alternative when the budget says ‘no’ to costly excavation. While you may need to build a platform for the pool to sit on, above-ground pools offer various solutions to tighter budgets and steeper landscapes.


It’s not just the pool you need to include in your budget. The surrounding landscape, decking, barriers and fencing are essential elements that need to be planned and included in your budget. It’s also important to consider who will be using the pool to determine any additional features required. For example, if you plan to have children or dogs access the pool, it is wise to include stairs into the pool to ease accessing and exiting the water.

You will want adequate space to include the pool, a lounge area, decking, fencing and landscaping while adhering to current laws and regulations around pools and barriers. You will also need to ensure the lounge spaces do not impede the Non-Climbable Zone (NCZ) regulations. Read more about NCZ and safety standards.


You may have a space in mind to place your new swimming pool. Be sure to consider the surroundings and how they can impact your swimming pool.

Trees are not great for your pool

There are several reasons why placing a pool close to trees may not be ideal. Placing the pool in a location that receives plenty of sunlight is a great way to heat the pool naturally, and trees can hinder the sunlight from getting through.

Trees also drop many leaves, seed pods and other debris that can become tedious to clean out of the water. Additionally, trees and their branches may pose a safety risk as they can be used as a climbable object for children to scale over pool fencing and gain access to the pool.

It’s best to choose a location away from trees.

Legislation and choosing a builder

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