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Surface with a Better Pool in 2016

posted by Chris Valentine

If you are one of those individuals or families that can’t get enough time in the water, chances are you either have or want a pool in your backyard.

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To start with, approximately how much money do you feel you can budget for having a new pool built at your residence or renovating the one that is currently onsite? Knowing what your working budget is goes a long ways in making sure you do not run over budget and/or have to stop the contracting work before all is done.

In such cases, finding the right pool contractors in San Diego or countless other cities and towns nationwide doesn’t have to leave you feeling all wet.

In fact, with the winter weather leaving much of the nation quite cold, now is a great time to start doing some research and determining what you want in a pool and who exactly will be building or renovating it for you this year.

So that you can get your dream pool in place for the coming summer and years to come, keep a few tidbits in mind.

They include:

1. What’s your budget? – Was 2015 a good year for you financially? Are you expecting 2016 to be equally good or even better? If the answer is no to either of those questions, you may want to scale back your pool plans. This does not mean you can’t go ahead with a new pool or renovating the one you have, but it also means you may skip all the extra bells and whistles you might have been thinking of adding to your pool (heated pool, diving board, Jacuzzi placed aside of the pool etc.). Getting the pool in place and possibly adding on to it down the road when your finances dictate is not the worst thing to do;

2. Don’t Get Left Out to Dry – Finding the right pool contractor may not seem like such a tough task, but you also don’t want to dive into a new pool without getting the right contractor in place. Use the Internet, referrals from family, friends and co-workers etc. to land the best builder and/or renovator. With the Internet, you can visit various contractor websites, looking to see who seems the most professional, offers the best products and services, and has a good relationship with consumers. This is especially important given the amount of money you are likely to spend for such work. Also check to see if any consumer complaints have been filed against the contractor, what they detailed, and how far back they took place. Make sure you get several estimates in the process, not automatically settling for the first one which comes along. Hear through the proposals and decide for yourself which one best fits your needs;

3. What’s Down the Road? – While it can be impossible at times to see where life will take you and/or your family, try and have some sort of idea how long you plan on staying in your current home. This will help you with planning on how extensive your plans should be for a new pool or renovating the one you currently have on property. You don’t want to sink a ton of money into a new pool or changes to the current one, only to turn around not far down the road and put your home up for sale. Look at your long-term plans and how a pool now would be impacted by such plans;

4. Never skimp on safety – Finally, make sure any new pool or renovations done to a current one are completed with water safety in mind. In the event you have a child or several children, you likely know that a pool can be a fun gathering place for the family, yet it can turn tragically bad in just a minute or two. A pool on your property should regularly be reviewed in-season and out of season for the proper safety measures. Whether you have a new baby or a kid just a couple of years old, it just takes one accident (sometimes fatal) to change your lives forever.

If 2016 is the year you opt for a new pool or refurbishing the one you currently have, swim on over to making it the best pool ever.

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