Adding a pool to your backyard is a big decision, and finding the right pool builder can save you tons of headaches and money. Your new pool will be a backyard paradise, so after you’ve developed a good sense of your ideal pool, you’ll need to find a builder that can turn that dream into reality.
Trust and Communication With Your Contractor
Your pool won’t be built overnight, so you want to be sure that whoever you may choose is someone you like and foresee getting along with over the few months it takes to complete the project. Proper communication is generally the most important factor initially because it’s the gateway to trust, cooperation, and conflict resolution, should any arise. Punctuality is also a big one. If the builder isn’t on time to your initial meeting, imagine what you can expect for the extent of your contract.
Shoddy workmanship can lead to astronomical costs down the line, so make sure the builder you select has good references and has been in business for a while. A pool builder should be glad to provide you with references to past clients. If you sense hesitation on the builder’s part, that could be a red flag, and you should look to other options.
The reference list should include other customers, both recent and past, preferably with pool builds similar to yours. When you make your inquiries, be sure to ask about workmanship, materials, and their general impression and satisfaction with the service. These question will get you started:
- Was the quoted budget and time accurate and reasonable?
- Did the builder finish the pool according to the original design or were there changes or shortcuts?
- Did the builder pay close attention to details?
- Is everything aligned well and aesthetically pleasing?
- Did the builder clean up at the end of the day and after completion of the project, or were materials and other junk left strewn about?
After you answer these questions, it’s a good idea to also do a quick check with the Better Business Bureau, and you can look at the National Spa & Pool Institute to see if the builder has been trained and certified. Though listing in either of these locations is not mandatory, it’s speaks well of a builder to be listed and on good terms.
The process of building a pool doesn’t have to be stressful. By taking a bit of time to interview and research, you’ll have a beautiful backyard paradise built by a competent and reliable builder.