Seven Great Reasons to Purchase a Pool in the "Off Season"
This is a subject that I have been broached with thousands of times during the last 41 years. We all know that peak demand for pools is in the early portion of the year when folks wish to have the pool ready for action by the time school is out and also when the summertime arrives along with the heat index reaching 100° plus. As those intense demand periods start to recede during the fall and early winter months, there are some excellent reasons for purchasing a new pool at that time of the year.
1. Absolutely one of the best reasons is that you may be able to negotiate a little better price than if your purchase was being made in the late winter / early spring. Please don’t expect 15-20% discounts from any pool builder, but likely expect 5-10% discounts or the builder instead offering incentive items like more pool deck, salt systems, multi-colored lights, and auto pool cleaners, etc. at no charge.
2. Another reason and almost as important as reason 1 is that your pool builder can likely be a lot more attentive to your project’s needs since they have more time on their hands than during the height of the pool season. Speaking from experience, the crews are more frisky and energetic as the temps moderate.
3. During the height of the pool season, everyone is scrambling to meet all those birthday parties, BBQ’s, and such. If you factor in the inclement weather or tardy inspections, it is easy to miss those events since the pool is not complete in time. You don’t have to miss those family events if you build the pool during the “off season”. Planned events will go off without a hitch.
4. You don’t have to be caught up in the rush when most people are wanting to build the pool. It is likely that the off season pool purchase will start and complete faster plus you are not waiting in a line along with other customers that are ahead of you on the pool company’s construction schedule. It is much better to be 8th or 9th on a list instead of having 42 projects ahead of you!
5. Everyone landscapes around a new pool. Would you rather do so while it is cool and low humidity outside or 108° heat index and 100% humidity? Buying a pool now gives you plenty of time to get things looking nice and you’re not in a rush to do so. You’ll have more time to plan and implement a landscape plan that will look like it has always been there when the swimming starts in the spring.
6. Pool construction price increases should always be expected in mid-January as pool equipment manufacturers and distributors grab for a bigger bite of the apple. This is an annual rite of passage in the pool biz.
7. If you also get a spa with your new pool, you will get to enjoy that spa all winter long. My customers tell me that late fall and winter if their ultimate time to enjoy their spa.
In conclusion, when to build a pool is a great topic of discussion and any experienced pool builder will tell you straight away that they wish every day for a yearlong building season instead of a frantic rush in late winter every year.
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