Choosing a swimming pool builder is a big deal. Over the long run, you’re going to be spending thousands of Rands on construction and maintenance. Furthermore, your backyard or the insides of your house is going to be torn apart for 3 to 6 weeks. You need to make sure the person you hire is truly competent and has your best interests at heart.
So how do you choose a swimming pool builder?
Where to Find Builders to Interview
You should talk to at least 5 pool builders before making your pick. You can find pool builders in the Yellow Pages, as well as on the internet. Just Google “pool builder” plus your city.
If you have friends who’ve had pools built, you can also ask them for references.
Do They Do Repairs and Servicing?
As a rule of thumb, you should only work with builders who also know how to repair pools. If you work with a builder who doesn’t do repairs or servicing then they’re more likely to do a shoddy job. If they do pool servicing and repairs as well then they’ll likely view you as a long-term customer rather than a one time customer. For you, this means, that they stand by their product and service. You don’t want a fly-by-night pool builder.
Check Their Work History
How many pools has this contractor built? How many years have they been building pools? How much experience do they have with the specific kind of pool you’re looking to build?
Ask for references. Call up some of their past clients to see if they’re satisfied with the pools they got. Be sure to also ask about whether or not any unexpected problems arose.
Naturally, you’re going to want to get the best bang for your buck. Try to get at least three solid price quotes before deciding on the contractor.
Don’t just go with the lowest price. Sometimes a high-quality contractor is worth paying a little more for. We hear all to often how many people have gone with the cheapest price and then don’t get what they thought they were getting.
Remember to look at payment terms in addition to the price itself. How much upfront deposit do you need to pay? Do you pay immediately upon completion of the pool, or can you pay at different points during the pool building project?
Ask Questions. Lots!
Ask them a lot of questions. You don’t want any surprises later on.
Where did they learn to build pools? How many years have they been doing pools? What other types of pools have they had experience building? Rock pools? Natural Pools?
Ask a lot of questions. Don’t feel rushed to make your decision and don’t make a choice until you’ve met a contractor that you feel completely safe with. At the end of the day, you have to weigh all the various factors and make a decision based on the contractor that you trust the most.
Good luck choosing your pool builder. If you would like to get a free quote to build your pool then contact us on 0824567884 and let Francois design and build a pool you can be proud of for years to come.