Where are you going to place the pool?
One of the most important parts of buying a pool is deciding where exactly you are going to place the swimming pool. By figuring this part out, you will have a better idea of the size you want and what style will go best with the placement of the pool.
What type of surface do you have to put the pool on?
Are you planning on putting the pool on a flat surface such a concrete driveway or patio? Are you going to put the pool in the grass on a level part of your yard, or are you going to prime a spot for the pool to rest on? This is important to know so that you can plan ahead. If you are putting the pool on a concrete surface, then you most likely will want an inflatable style pool. If you are going to place the pool on a flat part of your yard in the grass, then an inflatable or easy to assemble pool would most likely work the best for that type of spot. If you are in the market for a permanent pool that is on the more difficult side to assemble that will remain in place for the whole season or more then you should consider leveling your yard and putting down sand or some suitable type of material that resists weed grow and will support the weight of the pool and offer some give.
How much room do you have for the pool?
Knowing how much room you have will help you determine which type of pool and what price point you will be at for something suitable.
Do you have small children?
If you have small children and are planning on putting in a permanent pool, then you will want to make sure that you have a ladder that can be remove when you are done using it. Your building code might be also require you to fence the pool. This will prevent drowning accidents.
Do you need a pump?
If you are getting a larger assembly required pool, then you most likely will need a pump. This is important in factoring in the price. You also need to make sure the pump is the right size for the pool.
Do you want chlorine, non-chlorine, or salt water?
If you are getting a permanent pool, then you will want to decide this issue first. Chlorine is less expensive, but it will burn eyes and bleach clothing. Non-chlorine pool chemicals can be expensive. Salt does not require chemicals, but some do not like this method for various reasons.
How many people will be using the pool?
When determining the size of the pool you need to factor in how many people will be using the pool at one time. If you are planning on doing lots of entertaining in the pool, then you will want to consider the larger models.
Do you need to take the pool down in the winter?
If you need to take your pool down, you need to consider how difficult that task will be and whether or not it will be doable.
What kind of maintenance equipment will you need?
The proper pool equipment is necessary to keep it clean. Consider what size your pool is and what all equipment you are going to need to take care of it. Consult a professional before making your purchase so that you know exactly what you will need to buy.
What is your budget?
There are many price points for pools. Your budget can limit the size of the pool depending on what you have to spend on it.
How long are you planning on keeping your pool?
If you are planning on having your pool for years and have a good budget, you might want to consider buying a larger pool and having it professionally installed.