As you prepare to make the exciting purchase of a new home swimming pool, you’re likely spending a great deal of time researching, considering, and learning. Perhaps you’re also dreaming of the elements you’d love to have in your new pool. But are you making any of the mistakes so common to pool shoppers?
This important investment will be a major part of your life for the coming years. Your family and friends will enjoy the pool and it will also bring enormous value to your property itself should you choose to sell in the future. With such a significant purchase on the horizon, it’s vital to ensure you don’t make a costly or unnecessary error. Fortunately, your friends at Riviera Pools are here to help. Take a look at these mistakes pool shoppers often make and how YOU can avoid them.

Believing bigger is always better.

Sure, a giant swimming pool might sound great, but how practical is it? Instead of aiming for a gigantic pool that will take over your entire yard, instead consider the specific features that will suit your lifestyle. Do you plan to host frequent parties? You’ll want to leave room for an expansive poolside deck area. If you’re a regular swimmer, you might find your needs are met by a narrower but longer lap pool. A general pool for swimming recreation and aesthetic pleasure does not need to be massive. Even a moderately-sized swimming pool can comfortably fit a large amount of people.

Trying to create a highly unusual pool shape.

The beauty of concrete swimming pools (which we specialise in) is that they are fully customisable. This means that virtually any shape can be crafted into an outdoor pool. However, this can present another issue of practicality. If you genuinely want a showpiece that looks great but may not be ideal for bathing, then a unique shape might be fine. But most of our clients find they want a usable pool. In this case, it’s better to opt for shapes which create more open space for swimming. It will also be important to work with your existing yard’s shape and layout. Your pool builder can assist you in designing the perfect setup.

Prioritising speed and cheapness over quality and craftsmanship.

There are numerous pool builders out there who would love your business. How do you know who to choose? Far too many pool shoppers make one simple mistake: choosing a company that boasts speedy installations and the lowest prices in town. Building a home swimming pool is not the time to skimp on quality. Be careful not to choose a fly-by-night pool builder whose offer seems too good to be true. Instead, place priority on selecting a builder with a solid reputation and a long-standing positive presence in your community: one who emphasises craftsmanship and durable quality.

Not leaving room in the budget for water features.

Your dream pool also needs to fit your budget. At Riviera Pools, we work closely with each client to customise the design and build, ensuring the finish product comes as close as possible to your vision. However, many pool shoppers don’t leave room in their budget for those exciting additional features that they will want, focusing primarily on size or other aspects. Fountains, waterfalls, spas, lighting, and other features enhance your pool tremendously. Adjusting your expectations and keeping your budget in mind can help you to be sure all those little details don’t fall to the wayside.

The #1 mistake? Not working with the right pool builder! When you choose Riviera Pools for your swimming pool design and build, you can have confidence that you’ve selected a companion in the building process. We’ll help you at every juncture to make sure you’re not making these mistakes. And the result? An outstanding swimming pool you will be thrilled to own. Ready to get started? Give our team a call today.