Angie's List: Building a swimming pool

LEWISTON, ID - It cools you off during the dog days of summer and can serve as the go-to-spot for family fun, but a pool can be a lot of work, too.

In today's Angie's List report, what you should know about pools before taking the plunge.

"We decided to have a pool installed because our kids love to swim," said homeowner Shannon McCollom. "And we felt like it was a good thing we could do as a family and we have a lot of land so we felt like it was a good use of our backyard."

"In the heat of the summer a pool might sound like a fantastic idea, but the reality is unless you are the only house in your neighborhood that doesn't have a pool you should skip it," said Angie's List Owner Angie Hicks. "Pools tend to scare off potential buyers of your house and you usually only get about 50 cents on the dollar return on investment."

"This is not a surgical maneuver," said pool builder Bill Lambert. "This is sort of like open heart surgery on your backyard. So it's going to be messy. We can try to contain the mess as best as possible, but you are going to have dump trucks, there's going to be a lot of dirt moved around."

"Remember a pool is going to be with you for a long time so you want a find a reputable pool company who is going to stand behind their project," said Hicks. "You want to know what kind of warranty is going to be on the pool. And remember this is a project that can take a long time, especially given that you might hit some rainy days during installation. You want to have a well laid out plan to make sure you hit your deadlines."

"If the homeowner is going to do the maintenance themselves they need to check their chemicals, maybe three times a week," said Lambert. "They need to adjust their chemicals because depending on how much sunlight and how many people have been in the pool, they may need more chemicals or less."

Before building a pool, Angie's List says you should contact your local building department and/or homeowner's association for a complete list of rules, regulations and required permits.