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If you choose some of the upgraded products, options, and services that are now available, the response can be very little time. In short, it depends on how much you decide to invest at the start of your project. You can reduce maintenance by investing in a chemical automation system which can be used to not only to monitor the pH, sanitation systems, and the salt systems, but also to automatically add the right chemicals to correctly balance and clear the water. Another type of product is robotic cleaners. Although they need to be manually placed into the water, they will help reduce the amount of time that you need to vacuum the pool. Some companies offer an infloor cleaning system. Whether or not to add this option must be decided at the time the pool is built, because it cannot be added later. These inground cleaning systems are some of the best options for eliminating or dramatically reducing the amount of time that the pool needs to be cleaned. In addition most infloor cleaning systems will cause the water to circulate better. This allows you to have to add fewer chemicals, prevents algae, and keeps the water warmer. It will help to decrease runtime and operating costs, as well as reduce maintenance that you have to do on your pool.
The most important question to ask yourself is what is your anticipated budget and how much are you comfortable spending on this purchase? This really dictates what type pool candidate you are. If you plan on spending $10,000 or less, than probably buying an inground pool is not for you. If you are comfortable spending more, than an inground pool may be in your price range. If the price doesn’t affect your decision, then the next thing you should take into account is how long do you plan on remaining at your current residence? It is important to remember an inground pool is a permanent installation and cannot be taken with you if you move. If you plan on staying at least five to seven years than an inground pool may be a good choice for you. An above ground pool, although usually a permanent structure, can be moved, taken down, relocated, and even resold to another buyer. If you plan on moving in less than five years, the above ground pool is the better choice, especially for someone that wants to enjoy swimming but doesn’t want to make the substantial investment in something they won’t be able to use for the long term period. Another good question is what do you envision for your yard? An inground pool and an above ground pool will offer substantially different appearances. An inground pool allows you to do a lot more in terms of size shape, dimension of the pool and the external surroundings. The sky is really the limit on what you can do with an inground pool. An above ground pool gives you fewer choices. They are generally available in round, oval, and rectangular shapes.
The pool’s starting price will depend upon the material selected, as the raw material cost and overall labor required for each pool type will vary. Costs vary in individual markets. Yard consideration must not be overlooked during the initial purchase process. In addition to its base price, the site of the pool may affect its cost. It depends upon whether the yard is flat, hilly and/or needs additional site related work before, during or after the installation of the swimming pool. If the yard is relatively flat, there most likely will be little or no added construction costs. On the other hand, added costs will be incurred if retaining walls are necessary on sites with large slopes. This is so the flow of water doesn’t affect the pool or any other surrounding structures. Access could be another potential cost. Most pool companies have standard equipment to excavate and construct swimming pools. If access to a site is limited or restricted and there is no way to get to it through adjoining properties, special equipment may be needed which could result in additional costs. There is a whole gamut of options and features that a purchaser could ultimately put in a pool. Depending upon the pool builder selected, the cost of many desired options and features can be deferred. Desired additional needs, not required as part of installation, should be factored into the pool’s overall cost. These may include: extended deck work, patios, outdoor electrical work, sound systems, outdoor kitchens, cabanas, fire pits and additional landscaping.
Installing an inground pool is a major endeavor that means time and trust in the company you decide to use. Even before you interview a pool company, get a preliminary idea of what kind of pool you want. Next, what are the other items you might want possibly installed in addition to the inground swimming pool? How about a slide, diving board, or sundeck? Are you interested in a fence or additional cement work? Would you like lighting or a sound system for your pool or backyard? Outdoor cabanas and showers are other popular additions. After you have gotten an idea of what you want, then is the time to research pool companies. Make sure that the companies will do a site visit. This will provide anvaluable insight into of the scope of the project as well fine tune the potential pricing of the project. A good company will also make sure that there are no hidden obstacles in the backyard such as elevation issues or limited access, items a potential buyer may not be aware of. The prospective builder should also do a fact finding with the individual township to make sure that the pool the buyers want can be accommodated by the municipality’s set back regulations. Finally the end result of this process would be to agree on a price for a set scope of work, and then a contract should be written and signed containing the scope of work for the project. The process is one that requires a lot of research, interviewing, and then working with the best builder that meets your needs.
Most inground pool builders generally use a progressive payment plan. The payments are due at times specified in the contract for work carried out up to a specific stage of the job. Usually this means a small down payment, and then installments of a larger payment as more and more work is completed on the project. The easiest way to pay for a pool is through a cash purchase. The next option is to get some sort of financing for your project. There are many different forms of financing that are available to potential pool buyers. Another choice of financing is using lines of credit. These are limited to extremely credit worthy customers. This loan type is very convenient because it has minimal documentation and short approval processes that the buyer has to go through to get the loan. National banks as well as local ones will also loan money. Buying a pool is a longtime investment and not worth having any regrets over because of lack of funding.
There is a common misconception that it is cheaper to buy a pool in the “off season”. Although this appears to make logical sense, from a pool builder’s standpoint the time of year a consumer buys a pool really doesn’t make a difference. The labor costs, material cost and overhead will remain the same throughout the course of any year. Only you can decide the best time to buy a pool. There is no better time to buy a pool than when you are ready, but the longer you wait, the longer you don’t get to enjoy all of the benefits of pool ownership.
Make sure to interview your prospective builder very carefully. Here are a few things to consider.
• What is the company’s reputation in the community?
• Do you know a friend or neighbor who has used the same company with good results? If not, can the company provide you with dozens of
reliable references or customer report cards?
• How does the company treat you as a potential customer?
• How long has the company been in business, and how long have they been building in your area?
• How many pools have they built?
• Will the company provide you with a clear written estimate so that you’re not confused about what work will be done?
• Will they finish the project on time?
• Is the company in good standing with your local Building Department, the State Department of Consumer Affairs and/or Contractor's Board?
• Will the company add hidden charges after the construction process has begun?
• Is the company financially stable so that there is no risk that you’ll be left with an unfinished pool if they go out of business?
• Will the company be careful to remove or take care of landscaping and other outdoor structures?
• Will they keep your property clean and safe throughout the construction process?
Most studies show that a pool will increase the value of your home anywhere between 7% and 15%, depending on where your house is located. It will also continue to increase in value throughout the years, just like your home.
Warranties are very important. You should always ask for and compare the warranties when requesting estimates from builders. You should also remember that a warranty is only as good as the company that issues it. Dozens of pool builders go out of business each year. And if they’re gone, so is your warranty.
You can bet that equipment suppliers and other contractors will charge you more than the actual value of the materials and work. Even the experts encounter incredible challenges during pool construction. Years of experience, knowledge, and specific training lead to wise and innovative solutions that produce our superior quality finished products.
Each property has unique features that should be considered when your pool is being designed. So does your family! At your request, will meet with you at your home to discuss your pool needs and desires. They will ask you how you intend to use your pool. Is exercise important? How about family use? What about location? Where will the pool look best when viewed from your home? A design expert may take photographs, video, or sketches of your yard. Then they'll prepare a custom design at no charge.
Expert builders can construct quality pools in yards of all shapes and sizes.
Water agency studies have proven that residential swimming pools require considerably less water to maintain than the landscaping they replace. And water in your swimming pool stays right there whenever needed in an emergency.
It takes a special pool builder to be an Aquatech pool builder.
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