Pool installation is a giant project to undertake, but the rewards are tremendous. Not only does your family get to enjoy a refreshing dip any time they’d like, but you’ll be the host with the most whenever you throw a party. A well-designed and well-maintained pool can add thousands to your home value, giving you more equity and more net worth, as well as boosting your chances of selling your home when you’re ready to move on. However, pool installation can be tricky, and homeowners who don’t do their due diligence can fall prey to predatory contractors, shoddy construction, and flooding disasters. Don’t fall victim to a bad pool installation. Ask these questions to learn eight things you need to know about pool installation.

Will my home insurance rates go up if I have a pool?

In most cases, your home insurance policy will rise significantly in price when you put in a new pool. This is because not only can damage to the construction of the pool result in property damage, but the liability involved in pool-related injuries can be enormous. After a few years without any accidents or pool-related claims, however, you can usually negotiate a rate reduction.

What kind of pool should I get?

Pools can be constructed with cement, fiberglass, or vinyl. The most affordable is the fiberglass pool. The most durable is cement pool, but the vinyl pool is the most customizable. For speedy construction, choose the fiberglass pool. It can be installed in less than a week.

Is the weather in my area amenable to a pool?

If you live in a climate with a lot of rain or that gets very cold in the winter, you might want to consider an enclosure for your pool. This will allow you to enjoy your pool even in poor weather. You might also take into account the general outside temperature when deciding to install a pool heater or not. 

What's my budget?

Pools can cost tens of thousands of dollars to design and install, and that's not even counting the expenses involved in maintaining the pool. You need to be sure you're honest and firm with your contractor about what your budget is to make sure that he doesn't overspend on materials or staff.

Can I make my pool eco-friendly?

Yes, you can absolutely go green, even with a pool. Many consumers think that a pool wastes water, which is increasingly valuable resource. However, industry standards are changing. You can install a pool heater that runs solely on solar energy, use an attached pond that filters the pool naturally through plants, and even use less harsh, all-natural chemicals to clean your water.

Do I want any water features?

Many modern pools aren't just holes in the ground with water and chlorine. You can add jets to your pool to keep the water circulating or even design a waterfall to enhance the exotic ambiance of your pool area.

What safety features do I need to consider?

Pools can be deadly for a wandering child or animal that doesn't know how to swim, or even when they do know how to swim but are not supervised. Many cities and states require fencing around pools to prevent accidents. Child proof locks, alarms, and solid pool coverings should be considered.

Are pools allowed in my neighborhood?

Make sure you check with your homeowners association, your insurance, and your city utilities commission before you install a pool. Some places may have restrictions on pools. For example, places with a problem with disease-bearing mosquitoes may have placed a moratorium on new pools because warm, standing water is a place where mosquitoes like to congregate.