Things to Consider When It Comes to Your Pool Renovation
Renovation season is right around the corner! If renovating your pool is on the top of your home improvement list, these tips are for you!
Your pool suffers wear and tear just like your home’s roof or siding. Inground concrete pools have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years here in Florida. Tiny holes and cracks or staining along the side or bottom of the pool are signs that it’s time to have your pool repaired and updated. Your pool doesn’t need to be showing signs of wear and tear to consider a renovation. You can increase your home’s value and your enjoyment of your swimming pool by adding new decorative finishes, water features or lighting.
Pool Renovation Checklist
#1. Write a list of needs and wants for your pool.
Before contacting a pool renovation service, make a list of what you would like to include in the renovation. It’s a great idea to include both needs and wants. Determining your highest priorities beforehand will make it easier to cut out items, as needed, to fit your budget. It will also allow the pool services who bid on your project to give you an itemized list of costs with their bid.
If your pool has any repair needs, they should be near the top of the list. Cosmetic changes to your pool are more exciting to plan but they won’t ensure that your pool lasts for a decade. You may spend more money in the long run if you pour your money into design aspects instead of repairing structural problems or replacing failing equipment.
You should also consider your goals for the renovation while you make your list. If improving your swimming pool’s safety for young children is a high priority, installing secure fencing should be on the top of your list. Or, if your primary goal is to cut down on your operating costs, replacing your pool’s filter and pump with more energy-efficient models should be at the top of your list.
#2. Contact local pool remodeling services for bids.
Collecting bids from two or three local contractors is the best practice for any home improvement project. Your friends, family, and neighbors are a great resource to tap into when you’re searching for a pool renovation service. Ask them for recommendations and about their experiences to have a better idea of what you’ll be getting into. It’s also a great idea to read online reviews and make sure that the contractor is licensed to work in Florida.
Once you have the name of two or three services, call them to set up an appointment. They will want to set up a time to view your pool in person and learn more about your vision for the renovation. When you meet with them, be sure to give them your list of wants and needs. Ask them to include an itemized cost breakdown in their bid.
#3. Choose the best pool service to renovate your pool.
The last step is to choose a pool renovation service after you’ve collected all the bids. It’s always tempting to choose the contractor with the lowest price tag. You may regret it later if you aren’t satisfied with the quality of their materials or service. We recommend taking into consideration their reviews, and the quality as well as the variety of materials they offer. Most of all, listen to your gut. If you don’t feel like you will work well with a service provider, listen to your instinct and choose the one you think you’ll work better with.
Pool renovations take at least three days and can take between a couple of weeks to a few months to complete depending on the amount of work. It’s paramount that you feel comfortable working with the company that you choose. Be sure that the service provider has public liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. (You should request these and have them mailed to you from the insurance companies.)
You can turn your dream swimming pool into a reality by crossing off these three simple to-dos. If you have any more questions about pool renovations or want to set up an appointment, give us a call! Our family-owned service is trusted by homeowners and business owners throughout Lakeland FL, and Polk County, FL. You can see a selection of our beautiful pool resurfacing options and stone scape selections here.