Now that you’ve decided to build a pool in your backyard, you must choose a reputable, dependable pool builder that will leave you satisfied with the end result. This is a decision that involves your careful consideration as the right pool builder will be conscious of your vision, needs and budget.
At Paradise Pools, we educate our customers on the pool buying and building process so they can make smart decisions. We hope that the following information helps you, too!
Research Pool Builders Online
The first step is to collect the names of pool builders in your area, either by browsing online or asking for referrals. Look at their website to get a good idea of the type of work they deliver. Many companies will have an online portfolio where they feature some of their favorite projects. Also read customer reviews and testimonials, and check the builder’s status with the BBB. Once you’ve done your research, you should have a list of 3-5 solid pool builders.
Visit the Showroom
The builder should have an office or showroom where you can meet with them. Schedule an appointment with the builders and take your time in getting a quote and meeting with the salespeople. Don’t rush through this step, as you need time to compare estimates. And, see how it is to interact with the customer service team since these are the people you will be working with if a problem arises.
Read Printed Information
The pool builder will send you home with documents, so take your time reading through them. Beware of pool builders that want a substantial down payment or high percentages paid before the work is complete. Also, if one quote is significantly lower, this is a red flag, too. You should feel comfortable about what is written in the contract, and if something looks off, listen to your gut.
Each state has different requirements for pool builders. Determine what the qualifications are in your state and verify that the pool builder meets them. For instance, your state may require that each pool dealer has a CSP Certified Service Professional on staff who is trained by the National Spa and Pool Institute.
The unexpected can and does happen, but if you take time to review your options and check into the pool company beforehand, you’re likely to make a great choice. Even if you have to pay a bit more to get the builder that you’re comfortable with, it’s well worth the investment.