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10 Things to Consider Before Building a Pool

Not Sure Whether to Build a Swimming Pool or Not? 

Are you considering adding a swimming pool to your backyard? Building a pool is a big decision and investment, so you’ll want to make sure you do your research before taking the plunge.

Here are ten things you should take into account before deciding to build a pool:

1. The Cost of Building and Maintaining a Pool

Of course, one of the first things you’ll want to consider is the cost of building and maintaining a pool. The cost will vary depending on the size and type of pool you choose and whether you plan to hire a professional pool company or do the work yourself.

2. In-Ground Pool vs. Above Ground Pool

The most critical choice in pool installation is an in-ground or above-ground pool. In-ground pools are generally more expensive but offer more size, depth, and feature options. Furthermore, above-ground pools aren’t allowed in some communities. At Reliable Pools, Inc, we ONLY build and install fiberglass in-ground swimming pools.

3. The Size of the Pool

The size of your pool will also be a factor to consider. You’ll need to ensure you have enough space in your backyard for the pool and space around it for decking or seating areas. When given a choice, most homeowners choose not to overcrowd their yard and leave room for lounging or entertaining.

4. The Location of the Pool

Another thing to think about is the location of your pool. You’ll want to ensure it’s in a safe and convenient spot in your yard and that it gets enough sunlight. If you have young children, you’ll also want to ensure the pool is away from any stairs or playground equipment.

5. The Maintenance Required

You’ll need to know the maintenance required for owning a pool. Maintenance includes things like regular cleaning, chemical treatments, and filter changes. It’s important to factor in the time and effort required to keep your pool in good shape.

6. HOA Regulations

An HOA may restrict the type, size, or location of your pool. Before making any decisions, you must be aware of any regulations that may apply to your property. Every Home Owners Association is different, so do your research.

7. Your Yard’s Slope

The slope of your yard will affect both the cost and the difficulty of building a pool. A steeper slope will require more excavating, which will increase the cost. It can also make building a pool that meets code more challenging. A meeting code is vital for your pool’s safety and your home’s resale value.

8. Soil Conditions

The soil conditions in your yard will also play a role in the cost and difficulty of building a pool. If you have rocky soil, for example, it will be more difficult to excavate and could increase the construction cost. The bad part is that you usually won’t know the soil conditions until you start excavating.

9. Drainage

Good drainage is essential when building a pool. Poor drainage can lead to problems like flooding, so you’ll want to ensure your yard has good drainage before proceeding with construction. If you don’t, you may need to have a drainage system installed, which can be costly. Consider this into the cost of your pool.

10. Your Home’s Foundation

Finally, you’ll need to consider your home’s foundation when building a pool. If your home has a pier and beam foundation, you’ll need to take special precautions to avoid damaging the foundation during construction. Damaging the foundation could lead to severe problems with your home and add to the cost and complexity of your pool project.

Ready To Swim, Hire a Swimming Pool Builder

If you’re ready to build a pool, hiring a professional pool contractor can make the process easier to get the perfect pool for your home. If you live in Central Illinois and want an in-ground pool, Reliable Pools, Inc is a full-service swimming pool builder that can help you with every step of the process, from design to installation


We offer free consultations for In-Ground Swimming Pool Design and Build in Bloomington – Normal, Champaign – Urbana, Springfield, Peoria, and the surrounding communities. So, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about building a pool.