Choosing to install or upgrade a pool is an essential decision for any homeowner. It can yield both long term and short term benefits. Having regular access to a pool can provide health benefits and relaxation. A pool can also be a striking visual element that vastly improves your space. Not only can you enjoy a pool in the near future, but see benefits in the long run.
However, selecting the right pool builder is no easy task. You want to ensure you choose someone who can work with you. They will ensure not only that you have the perfect pool for your space and needs, but that you are making a smart investment for your property. Whether you are looking to have a sparkling pool as a center of a luxurious oasis, or something minimal and sleek, you need to work with a pool construction company that understands your vision and can execute it flawlessly.
Here are some things that you can do to ensure that you choose the right pool builder.
Learn As Much As You Can About Your Pool Builder
How long has the company you worked with been in business? What is their experience, and what expertise do they offer? For most projects, whether big or small, it is essential that you work with a reputable company that knows what they are doing. Look for their credentials and make sure you understand what their experience is. Are you their first client? Or their 500th?
One great way to better understand the quality of their work and what kind of experience they have is to ask for references. Any reputable company that has done quality work in the past will be happy to provide recommendations. Don’t just settle for a single reference, either. Ask for both recent and older references. You want to know that they have been committed to high-quality work consistently. If a contractor claims that they cannot provide referrals for privacy reasons, this is a big red flag.
Take a look at their portfolio of work as well. You want to understand their specialties, precisely what they offer, and the kind of work they do. Remember, you are not only investing in your property but in your quality of life when you choose to construct a pool. This process can be lengthy and expensive, so you want as much information as possible. This will empower you to make smart decisions.
Consult The Better Business Bureau
There are many ways that people go about finding pool builders. Some ask friends and family for personal recommendations. Some people rely solely on Google to find pool builders. However you go about it, once you have a list of potential builders selected, take a look at what is being said about them by the Better Business Bureau. You can use the website to see ratings and positive and negative reviews of many businesses in North America.
When consulting the Better Business Bureau, it is essential to keep in mind that a few complaints against a business are not necessarily a deal-breaker. Especially if a company has been open for decades, they have likely had an unhappy customer or two over that time.
The Better Business Bureau not only allows you to see complaints but if they have been resolved. This is incredibly important.
Resolved complaints may even be a positive sign. It can signify that a business has been responsive to consumer or client feedback. However, if you notice that a pool builder you are speaking with has unresolved complaints, that is a potential red flag. In either case, ask the pool builder you are considering about any complaints and if you can speak with those clients.
Pool building is a complex process. Often, in construction projects of any kind, there are miscommunications and even underlying issues discovered in the process of building. This is why you want to make sure you are working with a true professional that is willing to correct their mistakes.
Have an Idea of What You Want
Before you reach out to any pool contractors, know exactly what you want. After all, if you are not sure of what you want in your perfect pool, even the best of pool builders will struggle to deliver it. Also, if you change your mind numerous times throughout the process, it will increase the price and the length of time you will have to wait to take your first swim!
This is also incredibly important because the type of pool you want will have a large influence on which pool builder is perfect for you. Not all contractors specialize in all types of pools or use all types of materials. For example, some homeowners want to use their pool as a visual focal point and give it a unique shape or bold design elements. So, they would need to work with a pool builder that has a proven track record of delivering one-of-a-kind pools. At Floridian Pools, we specialize in luxury and unique pools.
It is also important to not only think about what you want for your pool, but what you want for the space around it. Are you looking for water features, lighting, or landscaping surrounding it? Visualize your dream pool. Does it have a fountain in the center? Is it surrounded by vines and greenery, or Spanish-style tilework? What kind of space are you ultimately looking to create? And how do you want to use it? Also keep in mind that, in many places, fencing of some kind around pools is legally required.
Have some ideas of what you are looking for, and seek out a pool builder who can deliver it.
Ultimately, selecting the right pool builder comes down to research. First, you should do some research into what kinds of pools and outdoor spaces catch your eye. Look for inspiration and figure out what you like and dislike at the very beginning. This will make communicating your wants to a pool builder simpler, and help to lead to an outcome that you are satisfied with.
However, it is key that you look beyond the aesthetic side of things when you research. Different pool materials and systems have different price points and require different amounts of installation time. They also have different pros and cons. There are many details you should have input into.
Choosing a pool builder is no easy task, but it is a critical step in constructing the pool of your dreams! If you are looking for guidance when it comes to creating your ideal pool, Floridian Pools can help. Reach out to us today to get started.