How to Prepare Your Yard for a Pool Installation

How to Prepare Your Yard for a Pool Installation
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    While getting a new pool can be exciting, it can also be a little confusing for those who have never installed a pool before.


There’s a lot of work to do to your yard before your start, so it’s important to have a solid road map in front of you. Below are a few steps you’ll need to take to prepare your yard for a pool installation.

Find the Spot

Your first step should be to find the spot in your yard where you want the pool. Generally speaking, finding a relatively level space is ideal because it’s going to drastically cut down on the work that you’ll need to do.

Make sure to measure the space not only for the pool itself, but also for any items that you’ll need around the pool.

Consider asking for recommendations from a pool contractor or landscape designer. Things to consider include surrounding trees and any existing utility lines (like a septic tank or gas lines).

You absolutely should not commit to installing a new pool until you know where it’s going to go. Once you’ve done this you can move on to the next steps.

Consider Your Needs

Now that you’ve picked a spot, it’s time to think about exactly what’s going to go there. Are you going to get an in-ground pool or a built-in model? Will you need to make sure that there is extra space for pool heater installation or other items, or are you just going to keep things very simple?

Consider how much area you may want around the pool as well for a lounge area. This will play a major role in how you proceed, so be careful going forward.

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Clean the Space

Your next step is to clean as much of the new pool area as possible. You can hire yard workers to do this, but doing it yourself will be cheaper, although it will take extra time. Remove any items that are already available and try to clean up anything that will making digging a hole or putting in a pool difficult.

You don’t necessarily need to mow at this time, but it is a good idea to remove and transplant any plants that you’ll want to keep after the pool has been installed. If there are trees in the way, call a professional in to remove them to avoid doing any potential damage to your home or the surrounding area.

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Prepare the Ground

Finally, you’ll need to prepare the ground for your new pool. If you’re getting an in-ground pool, you’ll want to precisely mark off the boundaries where the pool should be dug. If you are looking for an above-ground model, your goal will be to level the surface as much as possible before the pool arrives. No matter your choice, you’re going to have to ensure that the spot is ready before you bring in any other equipment.

Keep in mind the time of year when you start your pool installation. You may want to prepare the area in the late winter or early spring so that construction can begin and finish before summer rolls around.

Preparing your yard is largely a matter of cleaning and planning. Be careful with your choices and give yourself as much room for error as possible. If you can put in the work early, the actual installation of your pool should go much more smoothly.

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