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  • Mark Allen

10 Things to Consider Before Buying a Backyard Pool

Sunshine, laughter, cool water – backyard swimming pools conjure images of endless summer fun. But before you take the plunge into pool ownership, there's more to consider than just cannonballs and pool floats. Installing a pool is a significant investment, both financially and in terms of time and commitment. To ensure your backyard oasis doesn't become an unexpected burden, here are 10 crucial factors to ponder before making the splash:

  1. Lifestyle and Usage:  Consider your family dynamics and leisure habits. Is this a daily family escape or an occasional gathering spot? How many people will typically be using the pool. Consider the size gatherings you’ll have to make sure you get the right pool for your backyard.

  2. Budgetary Reality: Don't underestimate the true cost of pool ownership. Beyond the initial installation, factor in ongoing maintenance, chemicals, utilities, and winterization (if you decide to close your pool for winter). Consider financing options and ensure you have a comfortable budget buffer for unexpected expenses.

  3. Location, Location, Location: Carefully assess your yard's size, shape, and sun exposure. Choose a spot that balances aesthetics with practicality, considering access to utilities, drainage, and safety (think away from fences and play areas). Remember, local zoning regulations in the Memphis area (different for different municipalities) and permits might also play a role.

  4. Pool Design:  Research materials, durability, maintenance needs, and aesthetics to find the perfect fit for your budget and preferences. Think about desired features like waterfalls, diving boards, or attached spas, and how they impact cost and maintenance.

  5. Safety First: Children and pools require constant vigilance. Install appropriate fencing, alarms, and safety equipment, and ensure everyone learns proper swimming and pool safety protocols. Never underestimate the importance of adult supervision around water.

  6. Maintenance Commitment: Owning a pool is not a passive endeavor. Regular cleaning, chemical balancing, and equipment checks are crucial. Are you prepared for the ongoing effort, or would hiring a pool service be more feasible? Remember, neglecting maintenance can lead to costly repairs and safety hazards. Mid-South Perfect Pools can help you answer questions about maintenance.

  7. Long-Term Considerations: Think beyond the initial excitement. Will a pool add value to your property, or hinder future resale? How will it affect your insurance costs? Consider the long-term impact on your lifestyle and finances before committing.

  8. Community Regulations: Check your local ordinances regarding pool construction, fencing requirements, and safety measures. Ensure your dream pool complies with all regulations to avoid costly setbacks and potential fines.

  9. Seek Expert Advice: Consult with experienced pool builders and contractors (like Mid-South Perfect Pools) for professional guidance. Check references to ensure you're hiring a reputable and qualified company. Don't be afraid to ask questions and clarify any doubts before signing on the dotted line.

  10. Enjoy the Journey: Remember, buying a pool is about creating lasting memories and enhancing your quality of life. Approach the process with careful planning, realistic expectations, and a healthy dose of excitement. By addressing these key considerations, you can ensure your backyard pool becomes a source of joy and relaxation for years to come.

Owning a swimming pool can be a wonderful addition to your home, but it's an investment that requires careful thought and planning. By taking these 10 factors into account, you can make an informed decision and ensure your backyard oasis lives up to your expectations. Mid-South Perfect Pools will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding pools. Please call us at (901) 325-9001.



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