We don’t recommend installing a pool yourself
The skills you need
Installing a fibreglass swimming pool is a major task that requires a great deal of management, it involves excavation, ground preparation, plumbing, concreting and electrical work.
It’s essential that you understand the engineering principals to determine the best location for your pool and the best practices for installation. It’s very important that you install your pool in compliance with all engineering requirements and the Australia and New Zealand standards, if you don’t you may find the pool warranty is null and void and that your insurance company is not willing to accept any claims,
Many people who consider a pool installation end up outsourcing to professionals for this reasons.
One of the unknowns when it comes to building a new pool in your backyard is what you’ll find when you start digging the hole for your pool. Owner builders often become overwhelmed and budgets soon get blown out when soil conditions are outside of normal, such as if you hit rock or discover that you have a high water table in your backyard. Do you have the right equipment and the confidence to deal with these situations effectively?
Without a great understanding of the installation process you are far more likely to run into issues which have the potential to quickly off-set any savings you were to gain.
The answer is how much work you end up being able to do yourself vs how much help you will inevitably outsource to other contractors. If you account for your own time, you may also find it costs you more than having an experienced person on site who can do the job quickly.
WHAT OTHER WAYS CAN YOU SAVE MONEY
If your now thinking installing your own pool may not be a good idea, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make savings in other areas. There are plenty of other things that you can still safely do yourself such as pool fencing, landscaping, decking, paving and maybe a water feature.
One of the great things about getting your pool professionally installed is you have someone close by that you can call on for help and advice in the future.
And don’t forget the time and effort it will require to install your pool. It may only take a professional team a week or two, but how long is it likely to take you?