1When it comes time to make a large investment in your property, such as building a swimming pool, there are many things you’ll want to consider throughout the process. These countless decisions leave much room for uncertainty and regret if you don’t do your research to learn what options are available to you, and then select the ones that best fit your wants and needs.

Take a look as we cover 10 common regrets people have about their swimming pool. Why would we share this? Because hindsight is 20/20 and it’s a valuable opportunity to learn from what other pool owners might have chosen to do differently – so that you can learn what they wish they knew!

1. It’s not the right size.

This can go both directions, too small or too large. Sometimes pool owners may feel like they got the size wrong based upon how they ultimately end up using the pool and the upkeep required to do so. This is why it’s so important to begin your pool design process with an understanding of how many people you plan to have in or around your pool on an average day.

2. It’s not the right depth.

The depth of a pool can have a profound impact on the swimmer experience. What we mean by this is a pool that is too shallow for safe jumping and diving can be frustrating to swimmers who really want to experience this activity in your pool. In contrast, a pool with a significant deep end may not be used all that often by people who prefer to wade or stand in a pool. Again this comes back to understanding how you plan to use your pool, and building it to suit this lifestyle.

3. It’s in the wrong location.

One of the worst realizations of any pool owner is that your pool could have been positioned in a better location. What defines “better?” Well, a couple of things. If you want a pool that receives sun the majority of the day, you have to be mindful of the trees on your property which will cast shadows at various points in the day, or drop debris into your pool. Or maybe you placed your pool at an awkward space in your yard where it feels disjointed from your home. As with any real estate, location is everything.

4. I didn’t think through my hardscaping.

Many people become so focused on their pool that they forget to account for any patio or hardscaping they wish to create next to their pool. You must consider working with the grade of your property, or be willing to change it. Also, you’ll want to consider what materials you use as they can enhance the quality of your pool, or bring it down.

5. I didn’t budget properly.

It’s extremely stressful for any new pool owner when they realize they didn’t budget properly for their pool project. Expected (and unexpected) pool costs may feel as though they are piling up, leaving you anxious about something that should be bringing you excitement.

6. I didn’t speak up.

You have to go with your gut! Maybe you’ve made a material selection that doesn’t feel quite right, but you don’t want to upset anyone by going back and changing your mind. Any professional pool company will tell you – speak up! Don’t live with a decision that isn’t 100% what you want, especially if you still have the opportunity to change it. Speak up early and often in your pool designing process – we assure you, everyone will be glad you did!

7. I cut corners in important areas.

When you cut corners in important areas, you may soon realize you created more work for yourself long-term. For example, if you didn’t go with your pool company’s recommendation for appropriate cleaning and filtration systems in your pool, you may be disappointed by the amount of extra time you spend cleaning what could be a low-maintenance pool. Consider what you need to spend your money on now, that can’t be made up for down the road, and prioritize these investments in your pool project.

8. I wish I would have talked to more than one pool company.

In so many instances in life it’s important to get a second (or third) opinion. Each pool company has its unique skills and advantages. You want to be sure you’re working with the company that aligns with what you value most. Aim to talk to two to three pool companies that have good reputations and positive reviews. In doing so, you’ll gain sufficient information to make a confident decision of who you’d like to work with

9. I didn’t do my research.

As important as it is to find a pool company that can provide expert advice and guide you throughout the process, it’s still important to do your own research. Foremost, you need to know the options available to you as far as style, material, and technology. This will allow you to have a knowledgeable conversation with whatever pool company you select, and to be your own best advocate.

Additionally, your research should include talking to people you know who have built a pool, especially if they used the same pool company you’re considering. This conversation will offer insight into the designing and building process from the client’s perspective, and will also give you an idea of the cost and time commitment required with pool ownership.

10. I should have done it sooner!

And the final, yet most common regret people have about their swimming pool is simply this…they wish they did it sooner, often much sooner! So what are you waiting for?

As with anything in life, there can be regrets when you don’t fully think through the options available to you. When it comes to designing and building a custom swimming pool, this doesn’t have to be an exhaustive or overwhelming process. In fact, if you simply make your top priority working with a trusted and experienced pool company, then virtually all of these regrets can be avoided with the right advice to guide you.

Ae you considering building a custom swimming pool and want to speak with Central Pennsylvania’s premiere custom gunite pool company? Contact us today!