As summer approaches, we cannot help but think about the warm sun, the fresh air, and the pool.

It is important, if you and your family are considering installing a pool or buying a home with a pool, that you consider a few things. Is a pool appropriate for your region? If someone lives in a state that sees more snow than sun, a pool might not be the smartest financial investment. Pools can cost anywhere from $28,000 to $55,000 and up depending on size and location. Pools also require monthly maintenance and repairs, which can be upwards of $3,000 every year. Investing in a pool can be a great experience, but you should plan for the cost that accompanies it.

Do you have the space for a pool? Pools come in all shapes and sizes, so they can fit in a variety of backyard spaces. Most people do not want to step out of their back door directly into their pool. Bigger is not always better with pools because you want to ensure you have the space for a patio or even a small sitting area to still enjoy your backyard. You should consider what style of pool you would want. There are modern pools, Mediterranean pools, traditional pools, and tropical pools. Each comes with a different look and aesthetic. When choosing a style of pool, you might consider corresponding with the style of your home, especially for resale value in the future.

Once you have made up your mind, you must find the right contractor. Asking for references from friends and family and reading reviews is the best place to start. You want someone who is reliable, even if they cost a little more. A reputable contractor will give you a quality pool that your family will be able to enjoy for years. The average build time is 6-10 weeks. Many consider installing pools in October-February so that their family can get full enjoyment out of it, come the summer months.

Additionally, it is crucial to understand pool safety. You should make sure that your homeowner’s insurance covers pools and add it, if not. According to, a 4.5’ or higher gate completely surrounding the pool is the safest way to ensure your pool remains a fun space for all. The safest pool gates are concreted in around the pool and have gate locks, high enough that young children cannot access them. Families with infants and young children should stress pool safety and the danger of the pool if no adult is present with them. A pool is meant to be a fun investment for the whole family, but the proper precautions should always be taken to be sure that it remains that way.

If you or someone you know is looking for a home with a pool or the perfect backyard to have your own pool installed, the professionals at Crown Realty Experts would love to find the right home fit for you.