Spring is finally here in the Twin Cities, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably already dreaming of summer fun. What can take you and your family’s backyard summer fun to a whole new level? A new in-ground pool, of course!

If you’ve been dreaming about adding a backyard pool to your property, spring is an excellent time to start planning, so you can snag a spot on your preferred pool installation company’s schedule before it fills up. But an in-ground pool is a major investment, so before you take the plunge, there are several things you’ll want to consider.

What are they? Here are four of the most important things you’ll want to think about before installing a new pool.

1. Zoning, Code, and Permit Requirements

Before you start getting excited about building a pool, you need to know whether you can actually build a pool on your Twin Cities property. Depending on where you live, there may be zoning and layout requirements for pool builds, and typically, those requirements are flexible.

As for permitting, your pool design and installation company will likely pull the required permits for you, but it’s still wise to have an understanding of what you need. For more information on the regulations you must adhere to when building a pool in the Twin Cities, check out the Minnesota Department of Health’s Minnesota Pool Code Rules.

2. What’s Your Budget for the Build?

First and foremost, you’ll need to think about just how much pool you want to buy. Design and construction costs for custom, in-ground pools are considerably higher than those for premium-quality above-ground pools, so expect to pay somewhere in the ballpark of $20,000 at a minimum. If you’d like to install a large, more elaborately designed pool, your total costs can run between $50,000 and $100,000. 

Aside from the pool itself, decking, and fencing, you’ll also need to think about whether you want additional features, such as a spa, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, etc. Landscaping around the pool, as well as outdoor light fixtures, will also add to your overall costs.

3. What Type of Pool Do You Want?

There are three main types of in-ground pools: vinyl-lined, concrete, and fiberglass. Which one do you prefer? If you’re unfamiliar with the pros and cons of each pool type, you’ll need to do your homework to figure out which one is best for your needs.

You’ll also want to think about whether you want a chlorinated or salt-water pool and which type is a better choice for your ongoing operational budget and maintenance needs. 

Who Will Design and Install Your Pool?

Hiring a pool installation company will require a good deal of research. You’re considering making a major investment into the value of your home, so you’ll want to make sure you’re working with an experienced, honest team that has your best interests at heart.

What should you look for in a reliable, trustworthy, and experienced pool builder? Check out these traits that all high-quality pool installation companies share.

4. Ongoing Pool Maintenance

Will you perform your own pool maintenance or do you plan to let a pro handle the job? If you’d like to take care of your pool on your own, you’ll need to make sure you have the appropriate pool chemicals on hand at all times. You’ll also need to purchase plenty of pool cleaning equipment, including a pool vacuum, brushes, skimmer net, etc.

If you’re unfamiliar with how to properly care for a pool, it’s likely in your best interest to hire a pool maintenance company for weekly pool care. The experts will ensure your pool water remains clear and sanitized and will also alert you to any potential equipment issues that may require pool repairs.

Thinking About Custom Pool Design & Installation for Your Twin Cities Home?

If you’re considering putting a custom pool on your Twin Cities property, get in touch with our team at Royal Pool & Spa in White Bear Lake, MN for a quote! We’ve proudly served Twin Cities pool owners since 1988 and specialize in all things swimming pools from pool design and installation to routine maintenance, pool repair, renovations, and more. Check out our customer reviews to see what people are saying about our work!

To get started or learn more about our services, feel free to call us today at 651-779-7606. You can also request a quote online or send us a message with any questions or concerns, and we’ll be in touch promptly.