When you decide to construct a swimming pool, you are probably making the second-largest purchase (next to your home) that you will ever make.
So, it makes sense to choose a pool builder that can provide you with the pool that you have always dreamed of. Here are just a few tips to help you get organized:
Look at pool-related websites, magazines and books to help you determine what kind of pool you want. A wide variety of pools is available — with an extensive assortment of features and a wide range of prices — but some will do a better job of meeting your needs than others.
Some of the different types of pools available include in-ground, above ground, poured concrete and masonry block pools and gunite pools. Pools that are built on the ground and stand out are aboveground pools. A stylish pool built into the ground that blends well with the backdrop of your landscape is the in-ground pool. Gunite pools can be found in different finishes — such as aggregate, tile, plaster and fiberglass. Masonry pools are similar to gunite, and they have walls made of concrete blocks.
Check to see if there is an experienced pool builder nearby who can construct your project. Kenco Pools of Marshall, for example, has been involved with many area pool projects.
Before you visit any pool builder that you are considering, find out if he has a web site so you can learn more about his capabilities.
After you have found a pool builder to consider, set up an appointment at his business to discuss your project plans. Ask how long the builder has been in business because it is a good idea to select an experienced contractor. You also should talk to employees at the office to see if they seem knowledgeable and professional. Ask the builder if he provides any services to help keep your pool in good shape after the sale — such as pool chemicals or water testing or cleaning services.
Get a list of the builder’s references and former clients. Call one or two clients in your area, and ask them how they feel about the pool-building process, both before and after the sale. You also should make arrangements, if possible, to see some of the pools constructed by all contractors you are interested in.
Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been turn in regarding the builder.
Make sure that any pool builder you are considering is properly insured.
Get pool quotes in writing from at least three to five pool companies. These companies should come to your home to give you the quote. You also should make sure that estimates are for the same design and materials.
Some contractors will propose changes for your project. You need to listen to a contractor’s suggestions because some of them could be beneficial to you.
While you should be concerned about the price, you shouldn’t make a decision to hire a contractor based solely on a low price. You also should make sure that you feel comfortable that the contractor can provide you with a high-quality project.
Read all written materials that are provided to you. Don’t sign any proposals or contracts until you are sure about the deal.
Beware of any swimming pool contractor who requires a substantial cash down payment up front.
Do not select a contractor on the basis of price alone. Make sure that you feel comfortable that any contractor you hire can provide you with a high-quality project.