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1. Create a Vision. Once you've decided that you want a pool, it's time to get your feet wet in the pool-buying process.  When you have a clear picture of what you want, looking through our selection of pools will undoubtedly leave you with a perfect match.  With the help of our salespeople and trusted installation companies, we will strive to make your ideal pool a reality.

2. Bring in Pictures. We offer a wide variety of pools at The Great Escape.  If you don't know exactly which kind of pool is right for you, we can help match your images to the most similar pool we have. Pictures from different pool websites, magazines, brochures, or even a friend's yard can be of great help in the pool-buying process.

3. Decide Which of Our Pool Types You Prefer. We offer two different kinds of pools: Above ground pools and semi-in ground pools.  The choice of a pool depends on your personal preferences and yard layout.

4. Think About Why You Want This Pool.  Why do you want to install a pool? Is it for your family's enjoyment? Do you want to change the scenery of your backyard? Maybe it's for entertainment? Knowing why you want a pool will help you decide how you want it to look. Maybe you want to build a deck around it, or maybe you want it to stand on its own. Either way, the installers we work with will be able to help.

5. Create a budget.  It's probable that you already know what you'd like to spend on a swimming pool, but it is still important to speak with your pool retailer. This way, you can receive more information and get a sense of what your project will cost. We will listen to what you want and give you an estimate on what it will cost to make it happen. You may have to tweak your initial plans, or maybe you'll find you have the resources to add to your original vision. 

6. And Don't Forget About Insurance. One of these mentioned long-term costs typically includes insurance.  Contact your insurance provider and see if owning a pool affects your homeowner’s policy.  This may seem like a lot of research, but it is better to find out than be surprised later.

7. Energy Efficience is Key. Saving money on pool energy costs is more possible than you may think. Things like solar covers and pump timers will practically pay for themselves in terms of saving heat and energy.   Shutting your pool down for the winter will save money on heating the pool, as well.

8. Plant Strategically. This is a factor important to planning your pool's budget. It is likely that you won't want your pool sitting there alone, so think about what and where you would like to plant in your yard.  Avoid putting messy trees or trees with shallow, far-reaching root networks near your pool. Shorter, bushy perennials that can be rearranged (if needed) are your best bet.

9. Swim Safely. Although listed last, safety should always come first when owning and using a pool.  In addition to any fencing or decks around the pool, think about what other safety measures you'd like to take.  If you have children, make sure they know how to swim and are always supervised.  Additionally, implementing a pool light will make night swimming much safer.  Gates around the pool to ensure safety and prevent unsupervised swimming can also be helpful.

This may seem like a lot to remember, but also remember that swimming is and should be fun! Once your pool is completely installed and ready to swim in, celebrate by throwing a pool party!


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