It’s hot outside. It’s humid. And I’m sure the first thing you want to do is find a cold body of water and jump into it. For some people it’s an ocean, for others (like where I’m from) it’s a gigantic lake and, for those lucky individuals who can afford it, it’s a pool. As a kid, having a pool during the summer pretty much guarantee’s that you’ll be the coolest kid on the block. So, when I found out that we were moving in 5th grade I made a stipulation to my parents that if we were getting a new house we were most definitely getting a pool. Over a decade later, the closest thing I’ve ever had to having one lies under a foot of dirt, stone and grass. What destroyed my childhood dream? A bulldozer. Before we even moved into the house.
Contrary to popular belief, bulldozers are not the number one destroyers of pools, it’s when they’re mismanaged and allowed to decompose. Having a pool requires a significant amount of time, money and patience which is why the Contractors from Thomas Flint Landscape Design and Development (of Saddle River, NJ) recently released some factors to consider if you currently have a pool or if you’re thinking about purchasing one. We want your pool to be a symbol of relaxation, not one of stress and anguish so, without further ado, here are 3 steps you can take to find the pool that’s right for you and how to best preserve it.
(1) Questions to Consider before Purchasing
– What will the pool be used for?
Are you training the next Michael Phelps or are you going to be looking for more of a wade pool? Or maybe one of those never ending pools to maximize space? Point is, there are a lot of different types of pools and each one serves a different purpose so do try to do a little bit of research before you make the investment.
– How often will it be used and where will it go?
If you’re going to make a huge investment in buying a pool be sure to use it. Thinking about starting training for that first triathlon with limited swimming experience? That’s great and we’ll support your efforts but we also don’t want to see you make a sizable investment and never use your pool because that doesn’t help you. Try to make a reasonable estimate as to how often you’ll use the pool, find the safest place to put it and prepare for the next question.
– Will it fit in my budget?
Everybody wants a beautiful, large pool (complete with waterfall and waterslide) and surrounded by lovely vegetation. But, not everybody can afford such an expansive pool. Make an estimate as to how much you can invest up front, how much you’ll need to invest in maintenance equipment, fencing and chemicals, and how much it will cost you to pay for regular pool maintenance.
(2) Pay for Regular Maintenance
Regular maintenance is the difference between a beautiful pool and a decrepit, unusable one. By hiring a swimming pool contractor you will no longer have to worry about all of the headaches that come with owning pools and you’ll have a specialist that can address even the most difficult problems without too much of a hassle. Having a good pool contractor is like having a good mechanic. Both will ensure that your product is well kept and will live a long and happy life.
(3) Enjoy It
Remember that, despite the problems pools can present, if you’re well prepared and allocate the proper resources towards your pool it will reward you on those hot summer days when you need to cool down. Be sure to weigh all of your options and find the pool that’s right for you, right for your budget and fits with your ability to maintain it. Happy swimming!