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So, you have been saving all winter for building a new pool and are getting ready to splurge; before you commit to buy, make sure you have a clear understanding of the what the construction process entails. It can be easy to get sidetracked with the thought of diving into cold water on a hot summer’s day, but being aware of local regulations and the associated building costs will keep your investment from turning upside down.
To start, an in-ground pool is no cheap project. Basic layouts range anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000, with many costing much more. It is important to note that the installation expenses account for a bulk of the figure, which is why hiring a reputable Orlando pool contractor is an absolute must. The last thing you want to do is pay someone a lot of money, only to have to pay another company to fix their mistakes. This means working only with an Orlando pool expert who is licensed to work. Most states require professionals be used when the total contracted cost exceeds $500.
The first thing you need to know before even calling a contractor is make sure your community allows you to install an in-ground pool. The best place to start is the city zoning office. They will notify you of the specific regulations and restrictions regarding the installation of pools (e.g. placement on lot, size of pool in relation to size of lot, safety considerations). Not checking local ordinances before digging could land you a hefty fee! Lastly, remember to obtain the proper building permits before anything else.
Other things to keep in mind include raising your home’s liability insurance coverage, deciding on a pool surface material (concrete is the best, but most pricey) and estimating the increase in annual property taxes you will need to pay.
If any of this information is coming as a surprise, it may be better to wait on the pool until you can financially afford it. Take the time to choose the right Orlando pool company and save up for all associated costs before making a final decision.
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