If you are tired of sharing your swimming time with strangers, it may be time to install your own inground pool. While this decision does not make sense for everyone, who cares? If you want a pool, get a pool. But there are a few things you should consider before jumping at the chance to host your first summer pool party.

This article from EzineArticles.com explains the 10 things you need to know before you hire a contractor to install your new pool.

1. Price: Pools can be fairly pricey, starting at around 10k. So think long and hard before you make such an expensive decision. And remember, you get what you pay for. Don’t skimp on the contractor.

2. Resale Value: Just because you spent 10k or more on a new pool this does not mean that you have added 10k+ to your home’s resale value. Not everyone wants a pool. So when you have one installed, you are actually making your home slightly harder to resell.

3. Size: You do not want your pool to encompass your entire backyard. A pool should compliment a yard, not overtake it. It should be functional, yet ornamental at the same time.

4. Time: How long do you plan to stay at your current home? If you are going to move in a few years, why put out the money for a pool. Plan in advance.

5. Future Expenses: Pools will cost you money every year to maintain.

6. Do your homework: You want to target the safest and lowest maintenance approach using as few chemicals as possible as a general rule. This is possible with newer pools, but not with older models. So do you research.

7. Contractor: Do not rush into things. Get several estimates and pick a contractor that not only fits your budget, but also makes sense.

8. Safety: If you have small children, consider installing a fence around your pool. Yes, this is another expense, but a necessary one. There are also several other safety features to consider, so do your research.

9. Liability: If you don’t have a fence around your backyard and someone falls in and drowns you will be liable. If on the other hand you’ve a high fence with a locked gate around it – you have a good chance of mitigating such a liability.

10. Heaters: These can consume enormous amounts of energy, so think long and hard before having one installed. Yes, it will lengthen your swimming season, but it will also be a huge drain on your wallet.

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