Taking the right preparatory steps in planning your pool will ensure you and your family are able to enjoy it for years to come. While it may still be too cold out to begin the final stages of your pool installation, there are a number of things that homeowners can do to prepare for the massive project that is an in-ground pool.


Well before the process of installation can begin, it is important to do plenty of research into what type of pool best suits you and your family. After the process of selecting what kind of pool you need is complete, it is next important to research and vet local pool installation companies to make sure you have someone who is experienced and understands your needs and your vision. These companies should be able to help you in contacting the proper authorities to make sure any necessary permits are taken care of well before installation day.


“The very first thing you should do when planning for a pool is to call an expert,” Pete Wornhor with Texoma Country Pools and Spas said. “An expert can help you decide what type of pool best fits your yard, as well as the size and shape that works best. There is a lot of information online that isn’t accurate when it comes to pools, so it is better to speak to an expert.”


After doing your research and speaking to the pool experts, you should have a good idea of what size your pool will be. This means it is time to designate the area where your pool will go. There are a number of factors in picking just the right spot including size and accessibility for construction equipment.


Your pool experts should be able to handle the actual yard preparation and digging required for pool installation. However, it is important for you to make sure everything else is taken care of, including safety and insurance. Pets, the elderly and small children should all be taken into account in final pool preparations, and the proper insurance should be acquired before anyone can make a splash this summer.


“The best time to build a pool is during the winter so you can enjoy it and swim in it when summer comes around,” Wornhor said. “When you call us, we come out and measure the yard, create a 3-D design and give you a cost estimate. When it comes to the cost, you also have to take into account things like fencing.”