It’s finally happening! You’re making your backyard dreams a reality and you’re getting a pool. Pools are a great way to de-stress and spend quality time with loved ones. You’re sure to enjoy your purchase for years to come, but as you start to make your plans, it’s important to make sure you don’t get caught in a whirlwind!
Taking the time to do a bit of due diligence will make the process as smooth as possible. Here are three important steps you’ll want to take as you prepare for your journey to a backyard oasis.
One of the first things you’ll need to do is determine how much your pool will cost and how you’ll pay for it. Prices vary significantly depending on the type of pool you install and the features you choose.
Generally, a vinyl pool will cost between $55,000 and $85,000, while a concrete pool ranges between $80,000 and $250,000. A fiberglass pool runs anywhere from $65,000 to $120,000.
While pool cost is certainly a factor, there are many other things to consider. Before making your choice, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of each option. For example, while the cost is a bit higher than vinyl, fiberglass pools are low-maintenance, cost-efficient, and long-lasting. They’re also faster and easier to install, so you can spend less time waiting and more time relaxing in your new pool.
Once you have a better idea of your dream pool’s cost, it’s time to decide how you’ll pay for your new pool. While some homeowners choose to pay cash, many prefer to use some type of financing. This option allows you to start enjoying your pool right away while adding affordable monthly payments to your household budget.
You may want to check with your local bank to discuss the availability of pool loans or explore Parrot Bay’s pool financing options. We’ve carefully selected several reputable lenders who offer pool loans with great rates. When you apply with them, you can often get an answer in just a few minutes.
To ensure you don’t run into any unpleasant surprises, you’ll need to check the rules and regulations before installing a pool in your backyard. First, it’s important to obtain a “plot plan” for your property. This drawing includes critical information such as set-back lines, easements, septic lines, and restrictions.
You should have received a copy of your plot plan when you purchased your home. If it’s not with your closing documents, you may need to reach out to your county permitting office. While this may seem like a hassle, it’s essential. You’ll need your plot plan for the pool company to pull the necessary permits and the information it contains will also help determine the best size and location for your backyard pool. Once you have a copy of your plot plan, your pool builder will normally take care of pulling the required city, town, and/or county permits.
It’s also necessary to check with your homeowner’s association (HOA) to confirm that you have permission to install a pool and find out if there are any other restrictions you need to consider.
Lastly, you’ll need to make sure your pool follows all of the necessary safety requirements. Check on fencing requirements and cost if you do not already have a fence. If you do already have a fence be sure to check and see if your current fence meets the required pool code for NC.
Utilities are also an important concern for most homeowners. You’ll need to have the utility company come out to your property and mark the location of all lines (Parrot Bay will also do this prior to digging). In most cases, if phone or cable lines are in the way, it’s a fairly easy fix. You can talk to your local provider to learn more about the process of having them moved.
Electrical lines are another story. The National Electric Code (NEC) requires all overhead electrical lines to be a minimum of 10 feet away from the edge of the pool, while underground lines must be at least five feet away from the edge of the pool. These requirements will often have a significant impact on the size and location of your pool. Although it is sometimes possible to have electrical and gas lines moved, it’s a costly endeavor.
Getting a pool is exciting! If you have any questions, just reach out and we’re happy to answer them. Already have all these items lined up? Then dive right in and explore our beautiful selection of pools available in the Raleigh, NC area.