Every day our office gets calls from new home owners or potential new home buyers that also want to build a new pool.  It really gets frustrating for both the home owner and the pool guy when upon a site review the following occurs.

1. There is not enough access available for the excavation equipment.  Yes, this does happen.  Providing a survey or plot plan in advance of a site review can only tell your potential pool guy so much.  Many surveys do not show the type of fence you have.  When a fence is concrete blocks like Las Vegas, it can be a major undertaking to remove and replace it.  Surveys often do not show the location of A/C units.  Just imagine trying to convince someone in Houston, TX during an August 102° day with 140% humidity that it’s ‘ok’ to remove and reset their A/C units for 3 or 4 days while the pool is excavated.  Yep, you know what I’m talking about… Surveys rarely include the location of trees and landscaping.  You might be surprised how many folks are hesitant to remove their trees and landscaping.

2. There may be utility easements that take up too much of the yard.  These easements tend to vary literally from subdivision to subdivision much less from state to state.  These easements often can confirm the electrical lines, the gas lines, the sewer mains, the telephone, and cable for your house and the entire city block around you.  These easements are readily shown on your survey.  No construction including the pool deck should be allowed to be built on a utility easement.  If you do this, you may ‘cloud’ the title of your home when you decide to sell it and also if any of the afore mentioned utility companies decide they need access into your yard,  they can tear up everything on the easement and are not responsible for putting it back.  Beware of pool companies or pool sales people that tell you it will be OK to build your new pool or pool deck on a utility easement.

3. Having an unlevel backyard…  In most of the Houston area, we have flat level areas to build pools.  This is an ideal condition for pool construction.  In some parts of the country, especially in the southeast like Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and Virginia, there is often a need for expensive retaining walls to compensate for the severe elevation issues in a lot of places.  When a retaining wall is necessary, get ready to spend $10K – $35K depending on the elevation challenges your property presents.

OK, so what’s the best way to avoid this situation?  It all starts when you are looking at different properties.  Request a survey from the seller and you can easily locate utility easements and property lines.  Take a look at if you had to drive a car into your backyard, how would you do it?  This is a good rule of thumb for accessibility.  Look for the A/C locations, the location of trees, etc.  My best suggestion is to have a pool company you have been in conversation with, furnished a survey of the property to, make a site visit to review things for you.  This is not too much to ask of a pool company that is interested in long term relationships.  If your pool guy won’t do this, you need to keep looking for another one.  So there it is!  A few FYI’s to make your pool purchasing decision a little easier.

Quote of the day: “Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty”.  John Adams

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  1. Reno says:

    I wish I had read this before I bought my home last year. Turns out there were easements and building lines everywhere in my yard. The home builder that sold me the house said I had plenty of room to build a pool. I should have called a pro like you to look at things before I closed.
    Sadly I cannot get a pool at this location.

    • wayne says:

      Hi Reno, yes I feel your pain. I hear this all too often. It seems that many home sales folks will tell you that in their zeal to sell you the home. It is really just a shame.

  2. J. Payton says:

    Thank you for writing these suggestions!! I am looking to purchase a new home plus add a pool.
    I am in my grace period on a property at this time and would like for you to meet me there to do your site review.

    Please call me at 281-***-****

    Thank you

    • wayne says:

      I’m glad you contacted me in time to stop that transaction since you could not build a pool at that home. I’m pleased that you found another home that will accommodate the pool your family needs. We look forward to working with you after your closing on 8/19!

  3. Wendy Hammond says:

    Thanks for the great suggestions. We will be back to you in a short time to look at a couple of yards for us.

    We will be getting a fiberglass pool!!!

    • wayne says:

      Again I’m pleased to have performed a site inspection for you to confirm the size pool that your yard would accommodate. We look forward to assisting your family in late August after your closing.

  4. Joseph Palmetto says:

    Nice of you to print these suggestions for all us pool greenhorns out her in the hinterland.
    Thank you.

  5. Kyle Street says:

    Sure wish I had called you back in May when we closed on our home. We just found out that the access to our backyard is only 4ft wide. Our neighbors will not allow us to take down any fence.
    Question:we want a fiberglass pool but can you dig the hole without the use of a machine??
    Hopefully you will say yes.
    Call us at 832*******

    • wayne says:

      Hey Kyle. Some situations like yours dictate that the pool will be dug by hand. We are glad you chose us to assist your family. We will be ready to start in September as we discussed and contracted.

  6. Help requested says:

    We already have a fiberglass pool that was installed last year in Austin. It was installed by ********** Pools and is ****** Pool.
    We had lots of problems with the pool builder during and after the pool was installed.
    We need help with an expert witness that can assist us in a law suit.
    We have heard that you may be able to do this for us.
    Please contact us at 512-***-****.

    • wayne says:

      Thank you for allowing us to assist you on this matter. Your expert report should be ready within a week. I’m sorry that you were treated so shabbily by one of our competitors.

  7. D. McDonald says:

    We had an American Fiberglass Pool Rio Grande installed at our home in Tyler in 1983. We really enjoyed it and had no problems at all during our ownership.

    We have recently moved to Brenham and want to get another pool. Based on our experiences with your pool, we want another.

    Please call us at 979-******* so we can get with you asap.

    Thank you!

    • wayne says:

      Glad we will be able to work with you again! Your pool construction should start by 8/15.

  8. Dottie Karnes says:

    Our new home will be completed in late August. We are very inclined to build a fiberglass pool as soon as we can after the loan docs are closed.
    We have done a ton of research on pool types and all points keep pointing to fiberglass being the best route to go to get low cost of ownership after the pool is built.

    I know you are likely closed for the $th of July but request that you call us at your earliest convienence to set up a time for us to meet at the homesite.
    Reach us at 713*******.

    • wayne says:

      Hello Dottie, it was nice to have met with you at your new home last week. We are looking forward to assisting you as soon as your closing on the new home occurs.

  9. George Hochburg says:

    We just started looking at new homes last week end in the Cypress area.
    Thank you for posting these valuable tips.
    This will save us a lot of time now knowing what to look for. When we find the house we like we will contact you so you can stop by to take a look with us.

    • wayne says:

      Hey George, it was nice to visit with you last week. It is amazing that you know so many of our other American Fiberglass Pool owners. It will truly be our privilege to work with your family too!

  10. Sidney Flanders says:

    Great info to know.
    You seem to go out of your way to be educational about pools.

    • wayne says:

      We try very hard to educate folks about pool purchasing and all the long list of benefits that American Fiberglass Pools have to offer. Please visit us again.

  11. Leonard Ganz says:

    I’m glad I found this site. I am just starting to look at new homes in Spring/Tomball area and have to have a pool. This information is invaluable that you posted. Thanks!
    I have been doing my homework on pool construction materials and it seems that fiber glass pools are the best for a lot of reasons.

    Please contact me at 903-***-**** to make an appointment to meet.

    • wayne says:

      We are so glad that you found us too! Also glad we will be building you a beautiful, affordable, VERY LOW maintenance American Fiberglass Pool model Pecos ion September.

  12. Buddy V. says:

    Great suggestions! Nice article and keep em coming!

    • wayne says:

      Thanks sir! We will keep posting useful and informative information for folks like you.

  13. L. Cherry says:

    Thanks for the tips! We will be using them this weekend. You can send us a brochure at:
    7664 ******* ****
    Houston, TX 77***

    • wayne says:

      Glad we could send you our information packet and will be very pleased to assist you when you are ready to make a splash in one of our American Fiberglass Pools.

  14. Wade Bronson says:

    We are looking to buy a new house and to add a pool to it. Frankly, most of the suggestions you made here never crossed our mind. Thank you for posting them here.


    We would like to speak with a rep please.

    • wayne says:

      Very pleased that our blog was of assistance to you! Also pleased that we will be building your family’s dream pool this October.

  15. Victoria Sams says:

    These are important things that you recommend we look for. Thank you for taking the time to do so.
    Do you think that building a pool on a coastline is a good idea?

    • wayne says:

      We build at least 30 American Fiberglass Pools a year on the Texas gulf coast and a few more in LA, MS, and AL. We also have lots of engineering contacts if they are required in your area.

  16. JIm Parsons says:

    Hello & thanks for the excellent tips on how not to make the same mistake I made 7 yrs. ago when I could not build the pool I had planned for due to unusually large easements.

    I am shopping for a new house in Richmond and will be a smarter buyer this time. I have also decided that a fiberglass pool will be best in these extra expansive soils.

    I have seen too many cracked & beat up concrete pools in this area while looking at houses.

    I will call you when I have a couple of places for you to look at for me.

  17. Colin Vukavich says:

    Nice of you to make these suggestions.

  18. Reece says:

    We are very sure that we want a fiberglass swimming pool. The model Pecos is nice, curves but not too many like some other fiberglass pools I have seen. Seems like the more curves or free form the pool is the lesser swim area the pool has.

    Call us to chat about your product.

    • wayne says:

      You are quite right. Extra curvy freeform pools drastically cut into the available swim area of a pool. The Pecos is just right in most circumstances. We have yours scheduled to begin in mid August. Happy swimming soon!!

  19. Mark Barber says:

    Great ideas. Thank you for your insight! We want a new home and a new pool. We will call you when we select a house so your reps can take a look.

    • wayne says:

      You are quite welcome sir! Glad to help you out. We look forward to meeting you next week as planned.

  20. Reggie J. says:

    Good things to know.

  21. Robert Vela says:

    I want you to know that I very much enjoy your blog entrys. You really try to give an ‘every man’ perspective to a wide variety of subjects regarding owning a swimming pool.
    I am interested in meeting you and getting a price on a Frio pool. My family likes to dive and there are 8 of us so we need a big one to swim in.
    Call me at 281-***-****

    • wayne says:

      Glad we have you on our schedule. The Frio is the largest diving fiberglass pool in the USA.

  22. Lori Wagner says:

    I just found your blog and appreciate the great ideas you have suggested. We are currently home shopping & will give your company a call when we find a house that meets your criteria that is needed to build a new pool after closing.

    Thank you so much!!

  23. M. Gardinere says:

    I just came across your blog and glad I did! You have given us some very good ideas to keep in mind. Thanks!

  24. Thomas Regan says:

    You guys are the best! Thanks for the outstanding job you did recently on our San Antonio model pool. You fought the weather every step but still came in within the time frame you told us. Your crew all had a great attitude inspite of all the muddy conditions.

    • wayne says:

      Thanks again for allowing us to assist your family. All of our guys work hard to please our American Fiberglass Pool customers. Happy swimming!

  25. Josh Woods says:

    Fiberglass pool are the way to go! There is so much positive info available about fiberglass pools. There is so much negative info out there on gunite pools. It is hard to figure out why anyone wants to buy a gunite pool.

    • wayne says:

      I wish I could figure out why some folks get a gunite pool as well. Why do they subject themselves to all that extra maintenance? Why do they elect to spend to much money to keep up the pool after they build it? My best guess is they do not do enough research prior to making their purchasing decision.

  26. U. Towles says:

    I have owned several pools in my time. I can tell all that the fiber glass pool I owned was the easiest one to maintain, period.

    • wayne says:

      Glad to hear this. I do admit that I hear from folks like you all the time. Please visit with us again sometime.

  27. Kathy Kidd says:

    Sure wish we had read this a few weeks ago. We bought a newly constructed home and the saleslady said there was plenty of room in the yard to build a pool.
    There are large easements that a pool guy pointed out to us.
    BOO HOO!

    • wayne says:

      So sorry to hear about this. At least now you know and will not make the same mistake again. Best of luck!