5 tips to consider before shopping for an inground pool
Installing an inground pool requires planning and preparation. It's best to put in the time right from the start to avoid missteps and enjoy your new pool for years to come!
1. Fix your budget
The price of an inground pool varies depending on the size, materials and equipment. According to Sima Canada, the cost ranges from $22,000 to $40,000. You must also consider operating and maintenance costs (electricity, chemicals, cleaning, etc.), which can add up to approximately $1,000 per year.
2. Identify your needs
Determine why you want to buy a pool: for children and family, for fitness, mainly for relaxation, etc. This will make it easier to explain what you are looking for when you speak with your consultant, who will then be able to direct you to the different models that suit your needs.
3. Analyze your space
Don't forget that the space around the pool will also have to be arranged: paving, vegetation, patios, relaxation and dining areas, storage, etc. The optimal organization of the backyard requires quite a bit of thought to arrive at a logical, enjoyable and attractive arrangement.
Note: the Certificate of Location, which determines the limits of your property and details the structures on your land (hedge, fence, garage, terrace, etc.) to ensure that they respect the limits, should be updated to include and validate the location of the pool.
4. Find out about municipal regulations
Check with your municipality to find out what the laws and regulations are for inground pools, as they vary from city to city. For example, you may be required to obtain a permit before starting work, and you may be required to install a fence with a minimum height or a self-latching gate.
5. Check safety standards
By contacting Info-Excavation (free locate service) and Hydro-Quebec, you can ensure that your pool is installed in a safe location and avoid breaking pipes or damaging wires when digging.