The 5 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Buying a Pool

Posted March 2, 2023 in Attached Roof System, Blog, Covered Patio, Decks, Design/Build, Fence, General, Landscape Design, Outdoor Kitchen, Outdoor Living Room, Outdoor Technology, Patio and Walkway, Pool, Videos

The worst mistake that a person buying a pool can make is choosing the wrong pool contractor to partner with. Some pool contractors have been known to leave homeowners frustrated with the result of a long project, completely lost when it comes to building their true vision, or left with problems and not offering any solutions.

We know building a swimming pool is a significant investment in your home. For many homeowners, it is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime project. But it is also a complex piece of construction that takes a lot of time and effort. So you’ll want to make sure you choose the right partner to work with.

Before you select a pool builder make sure you read this:

  • Not visualizing the entire space 

As you’re planning your new inground custom vinyl swimming pool in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, one of the most important decisions you will need to make is about the size and shape of your pool. But one thing that can be easily overlooked when choosing the right size pool for your yard is making sure that you also have sufficient space and township allowable coverage for the features you want to complement your new custom vinyl swimming pool like a patio, covered deck, or outdoor kitchen.

The best part about a new custom vinyl-lined pool is that they are easy to customize.  Geometric and organic-shaped vinyl-lined pools are typically the most common because they can easily be designed to fit well in smaller spaces without sacrificing style. But it is also extremely important to consider the available space around your pool to be able to properly place additional features like the patio, deck, or an area for a shade structure.

How to Choose the Right Shape for Your Pool →

  • Only focusing on the pool

Most pool contracts will include the 2-4’ concrete coping, or collar, that surrounds the pool edge. But if you neglect to plan your fence, safety precautions, or other important features you could run the risk of accidents, fees, and the responsibility to fix the blunders for your township to issue final approvals.

Each municipality has its own rules and regulations when building a new pool. But all will require that you do have a fence to secure the area and alarms at any doors or windows that provide direct access to the pool from the inside of your home. Neglecting to plan the areas around the pool could leave you stuck with a muddy mess, expensive fines, or an incomplete project. So make sure you have a plan in place before you start building your new pool.

  • Hide your pool equipment

All too often we see pool equipment that completely ruins the aesthetic of a backyard. Not only is visible equipment an eyesore within your new, beautiful outdoor living space, but the constant hum from the equipment will surely be heard at all times.

We like to tuck the pool equipment away in an appropriate hidden location so it is not seen or heard. We understand that fine details such as these are what will make or break the full enjoyment of the outdoor living space.

  • Not Understanding Permitting

One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying a pool is not understanding the permit process or forgetting to contact the homeowner’s association. Without the right approvals, you run the absolute risk of paying hefty fines.

Since we know navigating the permitting process can be stressful, and we understand that you and your family don’t have the time to take on a full-time job as a ‘construction manager’ while trying to maintain your home, working full time, and running the kids around, we eliminate all the stress and hassle! We will handle all the heavy lifting like communicating with your township/municipality/HOA, developing your plans in-house and with our certified engineers, obtaining your building permits, managing any and all engineering, scheduling your inspections, and more!

  • Choosing the wrong Partner

Nothing is worse than hiring a custom pool contractor in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania to build your new pool and learning that you’ll need to be the project manager because no one shows up on time, the new patio contractor has excuses, and the deck and pool contractors are playing the blame game when it comes to rectifying a construction problem in your backyard.

With a strong appreciation for architecture and unique construction background, we take a different approach. We are designers who build. Not builders trying to design. Our proven process mitigates construction and communication errors which ultimately saves you time and money throughout the construction process. Our full project management ensures a smooth transition from design, to permit acquisition, scheduling, all aspects of construction, and inspections.

Your Guide to Planning a New Pool →

Whether it’s a simple in-ground pool or an elaborate design with multiple additional features, we know the right custom swimming pool will make your new outdoor living space the perfect place to create lifelong memories. But, we get that you don’t want to work with a swimming pool contractor who will waste your money. And you don’t have time to waste managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other essential details.  You are not alone!

Let us eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley. We have partnered with hundreds of homeowners like you to make your unique transformation journey stress-free. Our award-winning design/build process will ensure you never need to communicate with your HOA and township or deal with the hassle of obtaining building permits, engineering, scheduling, or inspections. We will handle all the heavy lifting when it comes to designing & building your new outdoor living space so you can enjoy watching it come to life and feel completely confident you will be proud of your investment.

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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