Planning to buy a pool ready for next summer? Key things to consider!

If you’ve always fancied the idea of having your own private swimming pool to avoid the mass hordes at your local leisure centre or you want to lavish your family with a surprise source of entertainment at home then you will want to know everything you can about buying and caring for your very own swimming pool.

Pools are no longer a luxury purchase; they are readily available to build and buy in a wide array of shapes and sizes at affordable prices. Choosing one that is right for your own garden is important both in terms of practicality and aesthetics. Ideally you will want a pool that is safe for your kids and their friends to splash around in without completely dwarfing your garden.

Planning permission

In many instances you will not be required to jump through any regulatory hoops with local authorities to gain planning permission for a swimming pool next summer. The majority of authorities do not insist on such paperwork, allowing you to build a pool in your garden under the permitted development rights. 

However, there are limits to what you can achieve. A pool and any associated buildings on the plot cannot take up more than half of your garden, so it is still recommended to double check with your local planning department before you get started.

Type of swimming pool

The next big decision to make when planning to install a swimming pool in your garden ready for next summer is the type of pool you desire. There are two main options – an in-ground pool and an above-ground swimming pool. Whichever you choose will be down to the size of your budget, simply because above-ground pools are cheaper than an in-ground pool. 

If you are looking at your swimming pool as a long term investment then an in-ground pool may be a more suitable option, simply because it adds aesthetic and intrinsic value to your home as a whole. When the time comes to sell your home and move onto pastures new an in-ground pool will be far more appealing to potential buyers.

Pool shape

After you have decided on the type of swimming pool you wish to buy the next job is to select a specific pool shape and with so many different options available it can be a difficult decision. Whether you want a popular rectangular pool, a more compact oval pool or perhaps a more decorative kidney or tear drop style pool there are many options to help create the perfect pool for you.

Pool maintenance

For almost every conventional swimming pool there is a consistent level of maintenance required to keep the pool in good condition. During times of regular use in the summer months it will be important to maintain the water chemistry and the cleanliness of the pool and the poolside area. Don't forget to factor the costs for pool maintenance supplies such as pool chemicals, swimming pool filtration and pool cleaners into your budget as this will be a regular outgoing.

Pool heating

Another regular cost you need to factor in your swimming pool usage is the heating of your swimming pool water. In the hot summer months it is quite possible for warm temperatures and long hours of sun on the water to sufficiently heat up the water for use. However, there will inevitably be occasions where outside temperatures would leave the pool too cold for use. 

That’s where an effective solar cover or heating system can provide solar gain and heat retention to capture and recycle energy to keep your pool at a comfortable temperature. Most of these covers are suitable for indoor and outdoor pools and also help to keep debris and dirt out of the water.

Pool safety concerns

As much as you want to think about the aesthetics of your pool you also need to consider the fact you will be responsible for whoever uses the pool, particularly if you have a young family. Therefore safety practicalities must be at the forefront of your mind as a swimming pool can soon become a death trap if precautionary measures are not taken.

Aside from pool safety covers you should also consider fencing off your pool to the rest of the garden, particularly if you have young children who could be at risk if they aren’t supervised 100% of the time when playing in the garden. A fence four to five feet high with a secure gate would be more than adequate.

One must also be prepared should any emergencies occur with adequate lifejackets, ringed buoys and whistles to hand should you need to act fast in the event of an accident.

Although there are plenty of things to consider when preparing to buy a new swimming pool for your garden next summer, planning your big installation by the book will maximise the amount of fun you and your family can have in the sunshine and soak up the luxury of having your very own pool in your back yard.