How Early Do I Need to Start Planning My Pool Installation?

How Early Do I Need to Start Planning My Pool Installation?
Dec 28 20

There are many factors to consider when installing a pool. Whether looking at your budget or considering the different pool types, shapes, sizes, permits, landscaping, and more, it requires a lot of planning. This means that the exact timeframe will, of course, depend on your unique design, limitations, needs and scope of the project. It’s also important to remember that contractors will be busier during certain seasons and are often booked out weeks in advance. So the sooner you can start, the better. If you’re wondering how early you should start planning your pool installation, here are some guidelines to consider.

The General Plan

The average timeframe for a majority of pool projects is 8 to 12 weeks. But remember, this is a rough estimate and can drastically change based on a variety of factors. Once you consult with your contractor, they will be able to give you a realistic timeline.

Design and Permits

The first step when planning out your new pool is determining the specific design that you want. And once you nail down the look you wish to achieve, you’ll need to get the right permits before moving forward. The permits will completely depend on the timeframe from the permit office, but generally, this should take about one week. However, if your pool design is more complex, it could be extended and require more time.


If you’re getting an inground pool design, this can vary based on the depth, terrain, ease of access and other potential challenges. Overall, this can take one week on average.

Pool Build and Plumbing

When the general excavation is complete, the contractors will then move on to dig out sections to run the plumbing and electrical components. They’ll work to hook everything up to the hydro lines and power sources for the lights and everything else to work properly. This can take 1 to 4 weeks.

Landscape and Patio

Custom landscaping features and designs will also need to be established for the pool surround and patio area. The duration for this will really depend on the intricacy of the design, and whether it involves a deck, waterfalls or other water features, lighting or otherwise. This can take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks. 

For the expert guidance, advice and timely installation you can depend on, Rideau Pools has you covered. We will sit down and help you map out your dream pool design, along with a detailed timeframe. Contact us today to get started!

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