Buying a swimming pool for your backyard is a major consideration and many homeowners make common mistakes during the process.
Here are nine things to remember when talking with a swimming pool contractor.
Ask as many questions as necessary
Often homeowners believe that their swimming pool contractor will provide an education about constructing a swimming pool. This may be true of some contractors but not for all. Ask lots of questions as the more you know and understand about swimming pool construction the better prepared you will be.
Don’t get too many quotes
Everyone wants to feel like they’ve done their homework and properly prepared when it comes to making major purchases such as a swimming pool. However, getting 10-12 estimates can only serve to confuse you and leave you overwhelmed. Get 3-4 estimates at most from reputable swimming pool contractors and make a decision from among them.
Check references, history and background
Ask for references, review the builder’s website and ask questions to ensure that your swimming pool builder is reputable and capable of providing the services he is quoting.
Don’t shop by price
If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Remember the old saying that you usually get what you pay for. Understand the pricing your builder shares with you and listen carefully to the features and benefits of every aspect of your project. While the lowest quote may save you money today, that doesn’t mean you’re going to save money over the long haul.
Don’t shop over the phone
Face-to-face communication is important when making this big decision. Visit the swimming pool contractor’s place of business, you’ll learn a lot about the way they operate when you see their showroom. You may also ask them to come to your home to provide a quote, something that is important when it comes to designing the right pool for your location.
Don’t assume it’s the wrong season to build
Just because temperatures are cool in the early spring or fall, it doesn’t mean you can’t build a swimming pool. In fact, those times may indeed be the best of all. Not only will you be in less of a hurry, you’ll find that your builder may be less busy. In the long run, building in “off-season” means you’re not missing out on prime swimming months.
Read the contract
Make sure you understand what you’re purchasing and all the details that go into the process of constructing a swimming pool. Better to be aware upfront than to be surprised by something assumed. Contracts protect you and the builder.
Focus on the important details
Often homeowners focus on the aesthetic aspects of the pool rather than the mechanics. Make sure that you carefully discuss and consider the design, pumps, filters and other factors that make your pool function properly. While you want your pool to be beautiful, it’s more important that is efficient.
Swimming pools are a great addition to any home, but safety must be paramount! Your swimming pool builder can inform you of any city regulations regarding fences but consider for yourself, other safety features to protect yourself and those who swim in your pool.