In Ground Swimming Pools In Boca Raton | A Quick Guide
We are very lucky to have miles and miles of public beaches here in Boca Raton. Many of us spend every weekend soaking up the rays and swimming with friends and family. However, there are the annoyances of going to the beach like faraway bathrooms, burning the soles of your feet on hot sand, and a general lack of privacy. That’s why many Boca residents enjoy the added luxury of an in-ground pool in their backyards. With all the comforts of your home only steps away, a restful staycation is always within literal reach. Do you have a big patch of grass that looks like it could be your next private grotto? Here are 4 things to consider when buying a pool in Boca Raton!
We might as well get this out of the way as soon as possible! You may think you can afford a pool, but exactly what kind of pool will it be? You have more to choose from than a simple concrete hole in the ground. On top of the purchase price, you’ll have to factor in the ongoing costs of maintaining your pool, lest your private lagoon turns into the community swamp. Swimming pool builders will be quick to point out that you can choose from fiberglass ($$$$$), concrete ($$$), or vinyl liner ($$). Don’t forget, you’ll also have to take into account the cost of rebuilding your landscape around it!
The Role Of Inclement Weather
For a myriad of reasons, severe weather in Florida can heavily impact your in-ground swimming pool. Unlock homes up north, a simple pool cover won't keep your pool safe from potential weather concerns. These could be as benign as leaf buildup, dirt, or a slight overflow, or as severe as fallen limbs and cracked tiles. A solid maintenance plan and sufficient coverage in the event of extreme weather events will ensure your pool is pristine and remains an asset rather than a loss.
The Pedigree of Your Pool Contractor
We love referrals in every aspect of life. If you can get one when dreaming up your swimming pool construction, even better! However, most of our friends with pools had the benefit of buying homes with pre-existing pools. Make sure that you vet your would-be pool contractor by these criteria: certifications, formal training, licensures, reviews, local reputation, and years in the business. Ask them as many questions as possible. Do they seem annoyed? That might be a red flag. Are you annoying? Ask a friend. Ask your potential pool contractor what permits and insurance will be necessary and what codes will need to be abided by. Nothing ruins a pool party like a code enforcement officer.
Your Tax Bill
If you’re thinking about monthly upkeep, congratulations! You’re ahead of the curve. However, have you considered what kind of impact an in-ground pool will have on your yearly tax bill? Pool companies love to portray their wares as something that enhances curb appeal. You might feel pressure to have one, especially in a neighborhood that features one behind nearly every home (which is very handy in a buyer’s market). A pool can increase the value of your home and swimming pool construction can be a sure way to increase your equity! Yes and yes! However, with increased value comes an increase in property tax.
Swimming Pool Construction Timeline
Fiberglass pools tend to have the fastest installation periods, somewhere around 3 weeks. Having a smaller lot or physical obstructions will increase the construction time exponentially. Do you sometimes indulge in impulse purchases? Thankfully, a pool cannot be purchased on a whim. Many swimming pool builders are booked 4 to 6 months in advance! Take that into consideration, in addition to how many weekends, prospective pool contractor visits, and days of research before you cut your first check.
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