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Putting in a pool? Top 10 things you need to know

Thinking about putting in a pool? Imagine yourself diving into crystal-clear water after a long day’s work? Or the squeals of excitement when the kids have their mates ‘round for a pool party. Or perhaps you want to add value to your property? 

A pool will deliver all of this and much more. But before you take the plunge, remember that building a swimming pool requires careful consideration. Feature Pools’ list of the top 10 things you need to know before putting in a pool is a great place to start.

1. When’s the right time to put in a pool?

Most of our clients say they wish they’d invested in a pool earlier. Having a pool in your property adds value, is great for entertaining and will keep the kids happy all summer long! 

If you want to dive into your crystal-clear pool by next summer, then chat with the team at Feature Pools now!  It’s important that you start your project early in the year to make sure we can meet your deadline!

2. How much does it cost to put in a pool?

The cost to put in a pool depends on multiple factors. On average, standard inground pools start at $60k – $80k. However, this can vary depending on soil conditions, access to the site and the size, features and finishes of the pool.

3. Council requirements for pools

Every local council has different requirements for pool installation and safety. Your pool builder must apply for relevant permits and carry out the work according to these regulations. Failure to obtain all the necessary permits could result in fines or other legal issues.

We’ve discussed some of these requirements in our blog post “6 key steps of pool building every homeowner needs to know”. As Registered Building Practitioners, Feature Pools works closely with the Victorian Building Authority to ensure your pool has the relevant permits and is compliant.

4. Choosing a pool builder

Choosing the best pool builder for your project can save you time, stress and money. Here are some key things to look for when choosing a pool builder:

  • Make sure your pool builder is licensed and insured with many years of experience to protect you from any liability during construction.
  • Talk to past clients and read online reviews.
  • Choose a pool builder with design experience.
  • Get a detailed breakdown of the costs. Be wary if the cost seems too good to be true. Good builders won’t cut corners or compromise on quality.

5. Which type of pool is best? Concrete vs fibreglass

OK, we know we’re biased, but for good reason. Here’s why concrete pools are the clear winner.

  • Concrete pools can be designed to suit your backyard, no matter the size/shape. 
  • Custom-designed concrete pools really deliver on that ‘wow’ factor.
  • Achieve more features such as in-floor cleaning, tanning ledges, infinity edges, spas, etc with concrete pools.
  • Concrete pools are durable and add more long-term value to your home.

6. Making sure you build a quality pool

There’s a crossover between choosing the best pool builder and making sure you build a quality pool. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting the best:

  • Choose a builder that’s aligned with industry leaders and is fully accredited with professional associations such as: 

+ Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA)

+ Victorian Building Authority

+ Master Pool Builders Association Australia

  • Your pool builder can suggest the best placement, design elements and features to suit your property.
  • Your builder’s involved in your project the whole way through.
  • Choose good quality equipment to make maintenance easy.
  • Ensure your builder supplies a warranty.

7. Pool building timeline 

Your pool builder should provide you with a timeline for the project, from design and permit approval all the way through construction to completion. Agree on a completion date and ask how they’ll communicate any potential delays. Be aware of what’s included in the finished product, e.g. if the pool will be filled and appropriately chemically treated prior to handover.

8. Pool maintenance & aftercare

Choosing quality cleaning and filtration systems will go a long way towards maintaining your pool so you can enjoy it for generations to come.

Be clear about the maintenance requirements/after-build support. Ask for a demonstration so that you understand how everything works.

9. Choosing pool finishes

This is the fun part! Discuss what look you’d like to achieve, e.g., modern or traditional? This can help decide what finish will suit your pool. Look at the pool builder’s past projects for styling inspiration. Do you prefer concrete, quartz or tiles? Take the surrounding landscape into account to make sure your new pool or spa will fit in perfectly.

Consider what features you want in your pool, such as lighting, spa areas, swim jets, pool covers, etc. With a custom-built concrete pool, your options are unlimited!

10. Pool landscaping tips

It’s essential to make sure you have a clear idea of how your new pool will look in your property. Do you prefer paving, decking or a natural grassy look? Would you like a large alfresco seating area, or just enough space for a couple of sun loungers? Consider what safety barriers will look best, e.g. glass, metal or wooden fences. Will you require a dedicated area to store pool equipment?

For more than 30 years the Feature Pools’ mission has always been to build impressive concrete pools and spas that combine striking design with outstanding functionality. We’ll ensure that you get a high-quality pool that will provide years of fun, well-being, and happiness.

We’d love to help you build your dream pool. Click here to get in touch, or call us on (03) 7037 7022.

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