Swimming season is over! This can be a sad realization for those who love the water but can come as a relief for homeowners who don’t enjoy maintaining their pool. This is the time of the year when the latter can finally stop worrying about it and focus on other things such as Halloween.
For those who have always dreamt of having a pool, September and October and the coming winter are the best time to start planning your pool project.
Isn’t it too early to think of summer? If you want to be swimming in your own pool next summer, it is a good idea to start planning now. Designing your pool takes some time and finally deciding on which type you want to get can take a few weeks or more.
Experts note that planning as early as fall is advisable. You must take into account the planning process and the amount of time it takes to dig and install a pool. Before all that, you would need to find a contractor for the project too and you will also need to prepare your budget. Let’s take a look at the things you have to do to get your pool project started.
Prepare Your Budget. You would need to prepare an average of $22,000 for your pool. You can go as high as you want so you can build the swimming pool of your dreams.
Find a Contractor. Finding a contractor can be difficult. During your search, make sure that you ask for a quote and ask all the pertinent questions you have in mind.
Have a landscape design ready. You would need to contact a landscape architect for this part of the process so that your new pool will seamlessly blend in your backyard. The design should include the patio, pathways, drainage, lighting, and the plants that will be on the poolscape.
Get a permit as early as possible so you can get approval as soon as possible. During fall and winter, permit offices usually don’t get a lot of requests. Taking advantage of this situation is a good idea because it will expedite the process.
Pool Installation and Landscaping
This part of the process takes the longest. You will likely come across a few hurdles during the dig and the installation itself. To give you an idea how long this will take, we have put together a guide below:
- A pool with a vinyl liner takes around 3-4 weeks to complete
- Building a concrete pool takes 4-6 weeks
- Landscaping of the poolscape will take 2-4 months
Once the pool is installed, the landscape would have to be put in place. The landscape will enhance the beauty of your backyard oasis.