1. Make Your Decking Decision Early After Your Pool Purchase
The surrounding area around your pool will undoubtedly add the functionality to the backyard as well as the beauty. There are a few main options around the pool:
Broom finished concrete, concrete pavers, travertine pavers, natural stone, and stamped concrete. Learn more here: How to choose the right Pool Decking
2. Hire a Landscaper
Once you have purchased your pool, the first thing you should do after decking decisions is make sure you have hired a landscaper to take over once your pool is in the ground. There will inevitably be some gravel and ruts you need graded as well as lots of sod and plantings to do as well as repairing or installing irrigation. If you want to swim and have your project finished quickly this is an integral part of the process that should be handled early on. We also have recommendations for landscape designers for the more elaborate projects if needed.
3. Did You Pick out Tile, Water Features, Coping?
Choosing accessories like tile, coping, and water features early on is key to avoiding delays in your pool build and getting the items you want without having to settle. Some of these choices need to be special ordered and early ordering will keep your pool build running smoothly and you happier.
4. Pick out Your Furniture for Around the Pool and get it Ordered
What type of furniture will you need? Plan for lounging and dining around the pool. Do you wish for bar height or regular seating? Did you know Parrot Bay is a Ledge Lounger dealer? Need help with furniture decisions? Schedule a 20 minute call with our Pool Relaxation and Optimization Specialist to discuss how to best relax around your pool after it’s in. Virtual calls can be scheduled once your pool is in the ground and your amount of concrete has been decided.
5. Buy Fun toys
All the toys for all the fun! Do you have room for ping pong, outdoor checkers? How many floats can you possibly put in your pool?
6. Think About Storage
Storage of ALL the fun things, but where on Earth can you possibly put it all? Plan ahead so your new expensive items do not get damaged and ruin your fun!
7. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
And you have heard it before, it’s all small stuff! Unless your pool is on fire floating down the road, Parrot Bay has probably seen it or dealt with it. There are no major emergencies in the pool business. Pools are meant to be fun and help you relax and the construction process will be a practice in patience and zen. There will be mess and things you did not think of that come up. This is NORMAL in construction and a lot of times cannot be avoided. Focus on enjoying the sunshine. wine, and coffee by your pool when it’s done.
8. Do you Already Have a Fence? Safety features Needed for Code?
Once you have purchased your pool we will upload into Docs and Files the pool code fence requirements for the state of NC in your project. Please refer to those and discuss them with your fence contractor. Most reputable fence companies are very familiar with pool code and can direct you.
9. Learn About Your Pool Equipment
Learning about your pool equipment is super important to finding your zen around your new pool. We upload manuals for your equipment in your docs and files section within your project. Please download and print your manuals if you feel it necessary. If you don’t know how to work everything or can’t get your chemicals right it can be stressful. Never fear! We offer Pool School as a free service to fabulous clients after their pool is installed. We recommend you take LOTS of notes or video Pool School for future reference. We also have helpful Youtube videos on our Parrot Bay Pools Youtube channel.
10. Learn How to Clean Your Pool and Know About Chemicals
Learning about chemicals and cleaning is another step further towards learning how to operate your pool and equipment. Once your equipment is running, you also have to balance your pool water! Establishing a relationship with a pool store that tests water and sells chemicals is very important OR you could just hire a pool cleaner to visit bi-weekly or weekly to handle it for you. The choice is yours, but whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of neglecting your pool water only to find out later you scaled your pool or salt system and need repairs due to unbalanced pool water.