Putting in a new pool is exciting, but for a lot of people it can be nerve-wracking to pick a pool builder. It doesn’t have to be though. If you know how to select the right builder and you’ve got a good plan, you can avoid a lot of stress and confusion. That’s why we’ve got four steps to selecting a pool builder. This guide will walk you through how to choose the right team for the job, so that you know the project will be done right.
1. Know What You Want
Before you ever get started, it’s crucial to know the basics of what you want. If you’re unsure of what you want or need, then the pool building process can be very confusing. You don’t need to know everything before you get started though. The two big details you should have in mind are which basic type of pool you want and how much you can spend.
Deciding on which type of pool you want is totally up to your preference and space. Another thing to understand beforehand is your budget. Make sure you’ve nailed down what you’re prepared to spend, and communicate this to your pool builder. At Pool Stop, we specialize in in-ground concrete pools because they are long lasting and completely customizable to your wants and needs. We also make sure to stay within your budget while still delivering on style and luxury.
2. Ask For Referrals
Now that you know what you want, the best place to start to look for a pool builder is by asking for referrals. Turn to your neighbors. Who did they use for their pool? Maybe you have a friend that had a really good experience putting in their new pool. Gather as many referrals that you can so that you have a reliable list of potential pool builders.
We suggest working with a builder with a long local history of building in your area. (Over 10 years is best.) And ideally one with an actual office or design center you can visit. If the only thing connecting you to your builder is a cell phone, it can be potentially very difficult to reach them or discuss issue that come up.
3. Gather Quotes and Information
Now that you’ve got your list of referrals and local builders, it’s time to interview them and get quotes. When talking to the pool builders, it’s important to ask the significant questions to get a good idea of what they can offer. Use this list of questions as a template to help you get the information you need to make your decision.
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you contract your work out or handle it yourself?
- How many projects are you currently working on?
- Can you obtain the needed permits?
- Are you insured for liability and Workman’s Compensation?
- Do you offer a guarantee or warranty?
Lastly, make sure you get everything in writing. If they offer a special promo or deal, make sure they write it down for you. This way you won’t forget and it will ensure they will hold up their end of the deal.
4. Finalize The Deal
So you’ve figured out what you want; you’ve gathered a list of preferred pool builders and they gave you a breakdown of services and their quotes. It’s time to make a choice and finalize the deal.
The pool builder you select should also be able to help you set up financing. Whether you are financing or paying cash, they can walk you through how the process works.
Ensure EVERYTHING is written into the contract—leave nothing to chance. It can be a long process, but it is critical to make sure all of the options, choices, and dimensions are correct, the correct equipment is specifically listed, and any special considerations are written in the contract. This protects you and the builder, and allows all parties to know exactly what to expect.
At Pool Stop, we have been helping customers get the pools they want for over 18 years. We take pride in our work and we help every single one of our customers feel secure and satisfied with their new pools. Check out our stellar reviews as well as some of the comments left by past customers. When you’re ready, give us a call to get a quote on your new pool.