You’ve just bought a new home. Congratulations! The location is right, the house is charming and the landscape has beautiful potential.
One problem: The backyard swimming pool looks like it hasn’t been touched since the mid-1980s, and the thought of entertaining anyone — in or out of the pool — has you wishing you could just sink to the bottom …and stay there.
Maybe it’s time to consider a swimming pool renovation.
Pools require almost constant care and attention. And if the previous homeowner didn’t give it that, you may need to do double duty. Here are some things to consider when you’ve inherited a pool with your new home.
Your Pool’s Inner Workings
Be sure to get as much information as possible about the service company that’s maintained the home’s swimming pool prior to you buying it. Have the pool inspected as soon as possible, including the safety equipment, and ensure that everything is up to code.
You should also be sure to understand where the pump shut-offs and other essential controls are for emergency situations.
You may also want to consider a swimming pool renovation that includes the equipment that runs your pool. An experienced pool design/build/service company like Neave Pools can examine your current equipment and assess what investments you can make as a new homeowner to help your pool run more cleanly and efficiently.
In and Around the Pool
The biggest swimming pool renovation you can make to instantly improve your pool area’s appearance is an interior overhaul: If you have a vinyl pool, replace the liner, and if you have a gunite pool, re-plaster it. Looking for a bigger overhaul? You might consider enlarging the pool or installing a different liner in a beautiful new modern shape.
Adding new coping around the edge of the pool is another instant upgrade that requires less major construction than changing the actual pool.
If the pool itself is in good shape, you can also add features like a slide or updated lighting to give it new life beyond its former uses.
Beyond the Pool
A pool isn’t just chlorinated water filling a hole in the ground, of course. The surrounding patio is a huge contributor to the appearance of your pool area, and many older pools have unsightly or dilapidated concrete patios that don’t do them any favors.
Replacing an ugly or outdated patio area with updated hardscaping and integrated natural landscaping will have a huge impact on the overall appearance of the pool area.
Swimming pools can be a lot of fun for the whole family — and boost the value of your home, too — but your family will have even more fun in a pool that’s attractive, safe and up to date.
If you’re in Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.