One of the questions often asked when people look to buy a property in France is whether it has a pool?
There is not only the appeal of taking a dip during the hot summer months, but properties are more attractive to holidaymakers if they have a pool.
Often those with experience in groundwork will undertake the installation of a pool themselves, for example, I’ve been following the experience of Phil Voice, who lives near Monflanquin.
And it was on Phil’s site that I spotted mention of Blue Pools, based in Charente-Maritime, and whose website offers a range of information, advice and tips.
Their background is in rectangular pools, made out of reinforced concrete, and they offer a Top 10 Tips guide for people interested in building a pool of various types.
Their advice for a successful installation includes:
1. Consider who will use the pool, the age of children and the number of families staying on your property at any one time.
2. Think about the pool’s location in relation to the property and the ease of access for guests.
3. Investigate ground conditions, either employ the pool builder or a local artisan.
4. Consider location of pool equipment, surrounding paving and landscaping.
5. Pool type to buy whether in concrete, built from a kit or fibreglass insert.
6. Budget accordingly for other aspects of a pool such as filters, lighting, steps and pump house.
7. Ensuring plans are drawn up and any consent is obtained.
8. Pick a supplier by providing details to a number and checking over replies.
9. Purchase and contract documents, including guarantees, are correct and clearly understood.
10. Let the pool builder get on with the job and don’t change your mind once underway.
So undertaking some research, and asking the right questions, will ensure your pool is safely installed and give you a chance to take a dip to cool off after a hot day.
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