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Building a pool is not a weekend project that can be accomplished with a simple run to the hardware store. A pool is a permanent choice that you and future homeowners will experience for years to come. While a pool can provide a relaxing escape just steps from your home, they can require attention and costs that should be considered.

The decision making process when looking to build a pool should be extensive. Here at Holland Homes we want to ensure that your home is a comfortable and relaxing environment that you look forward to going home to. Here are a few things to consider when looking to build a pool:

Cost

Taking a look at your finances should be the very first step you take before building a pool. There are a variety of different financial options in which buyers use to pay for their pool.

  • Equity Lines/ Second Mortgages: This is the most popular method for financing a pool. If this is the approach you want to take, make sure that you apply for the loan well in advance. If you have not established a good bit of equity for your home, this option may not be for you.
  • Unsecured Loan: This is a good option for those who cannot get a second mortgage. These loans do not require a build up of equity and may be more attainable.
  • Out of pocket (cash): If paying out of pocket is a possibility for you then that is always a good option as you will be done paying immediately.
  • Credit Card: Using a credit card to finance your pool is also a bit easier than trying to receive a loan. However, it is important to pay off bills on time to avoid interest build up.

Safety

Pools have the potential to be very dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. While pools can serve as the perfect host for family, friends and neighborhood gatherings, safety should be the top priority. Here are a few pool safety recommendation:

  • Installing a pool fence will not only keep young kids from falling in or getting a little too curious, but it can also keep out pets and unwanted animals.
  • Investing in a pool alarm can help alert you to any pool disruptions. There are a variety of pool alarm options available on the market that alert the homeowner in different ways.
  • Be sure that your pool has compliant drain covers to avoid any possible incidents.
  • Express the value of proper pool safety to anyone that may be near your pool. Ensuring that everyone that enters the pool can swim is also important.

Type

Not every pool is the same, and it is important to weigh all your options before choosing what type of pool is right for you. Here are some of the different kinds of pools and their qualities:

  • Concrete: Concrete pools are the most popular due to their durability and their shape versatility since they are not pre-shaped like some of the other options.
  • Vinyl Liner: Pools that are vinyl lined are built with metal or plastic frames above ground or set into the hole that has been created. One downfall to having a pool that is lined with vinyl is that the material can deteriorate due to extended exposure to pool chemicals and UV rays.
  • Fiberglass pool: Fiberglass pools have a smooth & slick surface and make the pool-building process quick and easy. However, fiberglass pools are made-ready, so it is rare that you can find a custom designed pool.

Your Yard

A pool is an excellent way to upgrade your yard into a new and fun space. Especially now that summer is on its way! Here are some ways to determine if your yard is right for a pool:

  • Layout: When thinking about layout, it is important to observe your yard and try to determine if there are any limitations to where the pool can be placed. Take note of where the septic is located, trees or large stumps that will need to be removed, sprinkler systems that need to be avoided, etc.
  • Accessibility: Reasonable access to your yard is necessary when undergoing the pool-building process. Consider the amount of materials and equipment that will need to be transported in and out of your property.
  • What is underneath: What lies underneath your yard is one of the most important considerations. Test holes are often dug to ensure that the underground of your yard can adequately support a pool. Issues that builders could come across include: large boulders that cannot be broken, high water tables, or rock ledges.

Here at Holland Homes, we want you to have the custom house you have always dreamed about. Whether it's a house with a large yard and a pool, or something other unique features, Holland Homes is ready to work with you every step of the way. Contact us today to begin building your dream home.

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