Once you have finally made the decision to build an in-ground pool, it’s time to start making a serious plan for the challenge. California Pools specializes in helping homeowners make sure that all requirements are met, and questions are answered, but starting with this blog post is a great way to get a jump start on working with you contractor. Let’s start by reviewing a basic checklist for getting ready for your pool construction:
Determine codes, permits and fees that are necessary to complete your pool
o Any good pool contractor should be able to help you navigate the requirements of your local jurisdiction, however the final responsibility lies with the homeowner so make sure you have done the research and determined what legal requirements are in effect for the area.
Check your Homeowner’s Association Requirements, if you have one
o Homeowners Associations frequently have additional requirements for your pool installation including size and design restrictions or additional safety requirements.
How will the pool affect your property taxes?
o Nobody likes a surprise at tax time, so it’s worth taking a moment to calculate the impact to your property taxes. If the pool qualifies as a new construction on the property, your jurisdiction may subject you to higher property taxes, but you may not see an equivalent raise in your property value right away.
How will you finance the construction of the pool?
o Before you put the deposit down, it’s important to make sure you have a sound financial plan for completing the pool and protecting your investment. Many immediately turn to home equity loans but there are other options that may be worth exploring such as a second mortgage or an unsecured loan. California Pools has staff ready to assist you with obtaining financing and maximizing your tax benefits, including low fixed rates, click here for more information.
What are the special requirements of the climate you are building the pool in?
o It’s a good idea to get a jump on what maintenance costs will be or your pool – if you are living in a warm climate then these considerations may be minimal but if you live in a cold weather climate you may need to factor in costs for heating the pool as well as closing it for winter and opening it up in late spring. California Pools can help you draft a maintenance plan so you keep your new pool in top condition.
o A qualified pool contractor can help you determine the best use of your space so that the end result allows for east of movement or a garden or play area if that is important to your family.
Define Patio and landscaping that creates and incredible ambiance
o Lighting, fire pits, cooking areas can all enhance your pool area but controlling costs may be important so it’s a good idea from the beginning to get a sense of what you will maintain and what you will add to your backyard. If you live in California or other drought prone states, it’s also a great opportunity to create a drought resistant landscape that can save you money and prepare you for any future drought occurrences.
o Research your area and determine what kind of market the property is located in so you can get a sense of how quickly your investment may be recouped in the future.
o Let’s not forget this very important item on the checklist. Saving money on vacations and bringing your family together = priceless.