Dreaming of Your Own Pool?
With spring finally upon us, you may find yourself dreaming of bright yellow and sparkling turquoise -- the colors of warm sunshine and a gorgeous, backyard pool. If this is the year you want to finally dive in to a pool of your own, start the process now, and you could be swimming and sunning by summer.
There's nothing like a pool for creating lifetime memories. The delighted laughter of splashing children, poolside barbeques with friends and family, and the joys of your own backyard vacation spot are moments you'll always cherish.
Selecting a Pool and Installer
Begin your pool purchase process by visiting local pool dealers to see the available options. Next, select several pool dealers to invite to your home for a detailed discussion of their capabilities and your ideas. When searching for a reputable pool dealer, you can turn to the Northeast Spa and Pool Association (NESPA) for help.
NESPA represents the pool and spa industry in the Northeast. Its members are dedicated to ethical business practices, ongoing training and education, and promoting the philosophy that a fun pool is a safe pool.
According to NESPA President Steven Metz, owner of Central Jersey Pools and Supply, "Late winter or early spring is the ideal time to start the whole process. It allows the right amount of time to work through the permit and pre-construction process, install the pool and add-on features, and have it ready to enjoy by summer."
A reputable pool dealer will be sure to talk with you about pool safety. Steven Metz notes that safety is the most important responsibility of owning a pool. "As a NESPA member," he says, "we are committed to communicating with potential pool owners about layers of safety -- including fences, locks, alarms, covers, outside phones and other items that can increase security and reduce the risk of injury."
If you're ready to dive in to pool ownership, an excellent place to start is the NESPA website, http://www.nespapool.org/. You'll find a list of NESPA members, and a wealth of information on pool designs, the purchase process, maintenance, safety and more. For educational pamphlets on how to build and operate a safe pool, write to NESPA at 300 J Campus Drive, Morganville, NJ 07751-1250.
Source: Northeast Spa and Pool Association
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