Getting a New Pool – Part 1: Questions to Ask Your Pool Builder
So you’ve decided to put in a pool at your home, and now you’re looking around for someone to do the work. But how do you know you’re making a good choice? Here are a few questions to ask your new pool builder:
- How long have you been in business? Are you licensed and insured? This makes sure that you are getting a certified business, and if something goes wrong, that you are protected as a homeowner. A company that has been in business for many years will tend to have a reputation, as well as seasoned workers who know the trade well and have built up good skills.
- Are you a sales person? Who will be building my pool? You have a right to know who is going to be in your home building your new pool. It”s also a good idea to get information straight from the hands-on builders themselves, rather than from a salesperson.
- How did you get into the pool business, and what is your background? Finding out who your new pool builder is gives a good indication of their skill level and desire to do a good job. Making sure they have the skills and any necessary certifications helps to ensure your pool will last as long as possible.
- How many similar projects have you completed? Especially if your pool is custom-made, a pool builder who has done projects like the one you want will have the know-how to complete the job quickly and effectively. Each pool is unique, and each project presents its own challenges, but a builder who has done other projects like yours will have the best approach.
- Do you have references in the immediate area? One of the best ways to make sure a pool builder is legitimate is to ask for references. The ability to call other clients that have worked with your new pool builder lets you know exactly the quality of work they provide. A company that doesn’t have references tends to look shady.
- How long will the project take to complete? This question probably weighs most on homeowners” minds. While a project that is rushed will likely have faults, a project that takes too long gets annoying and disruptive. You want to enjoy your pool, and still have it done right. The quickest estimate is not necessarily the best choice.
- Do you foresee any costs above and beyond the outlined budget? Of course you want your pool project to stay within budget, but that”s not always possible. Having a heads-up about any additional costs that may or may not crop up gives you a better idea of the total budget to plan for. It”s always a good idea to budget for a little bit of wiggle room in case expenses do come up.
- What is your payment schedule? This is an extremely important question to ask your new pool builder, as one of the biggest red flags of a company is one that asks for a large down payment, usually of 50% or more, before starting work on the project.
- How will construction affect my yard and neighbors? Also, check on any HOA or building code requirements before beginning a project.
A backyard pool brings value and fun to your home, and it’s important to choose the best builder for your project. Ask these questions, and then request an estimate from Boscoe’s Pools to get it right.