Top 5 Things to Know Before Buying A Pool

So, you’re thinking about purchasing a swimming pool. Great! Like most people, you probably want to look before you leap into the deep end of the pool buying experience. A pool cost estimator can help. Let’s examine a few things right now you’ll want to know before making a purchase.

What to Ask A Pool Builder

Owning a swimming pool is the epitome of the American dream. But, in the beginning, there are a lot of things to consider when building a pool. It is advised you take a direct approach and ask the pool builder:

– How many years of experience do you have installing pools and how many installations have you done?

– Is your company insured and bonded?

– Can you provide me with references? Is there a place where I can see your customer reviews?

– What brand of products do you recommend using and do they come with a warranty?

– Will you provide me with a warranty that covers your workmanship? If so, what is the duration of that warranty?

Is A Pool Worth the Money?

Considering the investment you’re about to make, the inevitable question always comes up as to whether installing a pool is worthwhile financially. We are honest (which is what you want, right?), so the answer we’re going to provide may surprise you. It is both yes and no.

The National Association of Realtors says an in-ground swimming pool will add to the value of your home, in general. A basic fiberglass pool will increase your home value by 5 percent or more. Build a gunite in-ground pool of high-quality materials and add features, such as a spa or waterfall, and the value-add goes up exponentially.

In contrast, an above-ground pool will not usually add value to your home or, at least, add such a minimal financial benefit that it is considered negligible. Even so, many people, especially those with small children, say their above-ground pool adds a million dollars to their home value because of the enjoyment it brings.

Things to Consider When Buying A Pool

This leads us to the major considerations, such as do you want an in-ground or above-ground swimming pool? Deciding factors could include the amount of space or shape of the space you have to build it in, financial, and other considerations.

Fiberglass, liner and concrete pools are all popular. You will have to weigh the pros and cons of both to decide which is best for you. Fiberglass and liner pools are smooth and may come in limited shapes and sizes, while gunite pools are natural-looking, can be built in any shape or size and can complement stones and rock decorative elements on the deck.

Remember to check local ordinances early in the planning process. Nothing puts a damper on the fun of having your building plans shot down because your pool was the wrong size, shape, or type for the neighborhood. You will also want to consider if you need a retaining wall or should build a lane, so the pool builder’s crew has access to your yard, all of which could add cost. Do not forget the extra expenses that can occur such as fencing, decking and the beautiful added features you may want to add.

What Is the Average Cost of An In-Ground Pool?

The cost, on average, for a 32-foot-by-16-foot in-ground swimming liner pool is about $22,000, according to recent data. Of course, there are factors that will affect the cost, such as the materials you use. Fiberglass, liner and gunite prices all can vary quite differently with vinyl being the least expensive. But, after it’s built, when folks see the smiling faces around the pool, they decide their swimming pool was worth every penny.


Are you considering buying a pool for your backyard? Feel free to contact Atlantic Pools and Spas, located in Lake Hopatcong, NJ but providing expert pool building services in Sussex County, Morris County, Warren County and Bergen County, NJ. One of our professional team members will be happy to assist you.  We will answer any questions or concerns you may have and help you to get started with the pool of your dreams.