Why ask the Questions?

We know that the decision to put in a swimming pool is a big one. It’s exciting to think of all the fun you will have with family and friends. Nevertheless, choosing the right pool builder is just as important as the decision to build a pool. The financial investment in a swimming pool is significant and choosing the wrong builder can mean unwanted frustrations, a poorly built pool or worse…..one that is never completed. Below are some of the things to consider when researching local pool builders.

Considerations in Choosing the Right Pool Builder

REFERRALS – talk to your neighbors, friends, business associates, etc. to see if they have experience with any local pool builders. If you don’t produce some pool builder names in this process then at least ask any pool builders you may be considering to provide you with a list of some recent customers that you can contact. Now it is unlikely that a contractor will give you a list of unhappy customers – but there still is merit in speaking with people who have been through the process. You should ask them what went right and what to watch out for along the way; and how did the contractor resolve any issues along the way. Some questions to consider asking include:

  • How long did the total project take from start to completion? All things considered, was everything completed in a reasonable amount of time?
  • What did the contractor do to educate you on the construction process? Was this done at the time of sale or at a pre-construction meeting?
  • Did any unforeseen or unexpected costs arise that you weren’t warned about up-front? In other words – did the pool builder complete the entire project at the original contract price? And, if there were changes (deletions or additions) were they handled via a written contract addendum or change-order?
  • How was the communication throughout the process? Did the builder keep you informed as the job moved ahead and in the event of any unforeseen delays, inspections, etc?
  • Was a final walk-through conducted giving you the opportunity to address any/all concerns prior to completion? Did all of your concerns get addressed to your satisfaction?
  • Lastly, are you satisfied with your pool builder to the point where you would not hesitate to recommend the builder.

INTERNET – you are reading this article because your search; whether because of a referral, curiosity, or whatever reason – got you to our website. We recognize the internet as a very valuable tool to help people conducting research. Obviously our goal is to provide some educational assistance in your decision on your time and on your terms. If your research leads you to the decision to acquire your own backyard pool we hope you will give us an opportunity to earn your business. We would like nothing more then to help you achieve your backyard dream as we have done for many other families.

Choosing the Right Pool Builder for the Right Pool Design for You

Besides referrals and reputation, you will also want to consider a pool builder’s ability to build you the right pool for your lifestyle. Their designer should be able to show you a variety of pool designs that represent various shapes, sizes and features. During a design consultation, a designer will listen to your ideas and vision and show you examples of pools that match. The designer will also measure your backyard and then take the measurements and design criteria and start designing your pool. They will soon provide you with a realistic 3D rendering and scale drawing of the pool and backyard and work with you until you are 100% satisfied with the plan.

There are many other design considerations that can arise based on the terrain, your desire for water movement/water features, etc. A good designer will assist you through this process while insuring that what is conceived is buildable.

How Detailed are Their Estimate and Contract?

An accurate estimate can only be arrived at by thorough conversations between you and your pool builder. The initial consultation will identify your desired pool design. After a design has been approved, you should expect a pool builder to provide you with a written proposal/contract that defines all of the features included in the project. This document should define the responsibilities of both the contractor and you as the homeowner.

What will the Contract contain?

A typical proposal should include at least the below information.

  1. Pool and Spa (when applicable) lengths, widths and depths
  2. Materials to be used for the interior finish, the waterline tile, any water features, rock materials, etc.
  3. Type and amount of decking
  4. Utility runs and hook-ups as applicable (electric / gas)
  5. Equipment to be installed (Pumps, Filter, Heater, Controller, Etc.)
  6. Cleaning system
  7. Water sanitation system
  8. Responsibilities of homeowner
  9. Contact information (Office and/or Cell phones)
  10. Warranty information

A swimming pool is an investment that keeps providing returns year after year. Those returns are in the form of family fun and family memories. You’ve worked hard to get to a place in your life where you can make your backyard dreams a reality. We hope this article has provided you with some very valuable information on choosing a pool builder. We would love to work with you if you reach the point where you are ready to “Build your backyard dream”. Let us know if we can be of any assistance.