You have decided to take the first step in creating your own backyard paradise, complete with a beautiful custom swimming pool, relaxing spa and the perfect landscaping. You have imagined how it will feel to walk into your backyard and see your own personal paradise. Now, you’re dreaming of all the pool parties and summer days spent outside lounging by the pool. All thats left is finding the perfect pool builder to make your dream into a reality.
Building a pool is a large investment that can be a time consuming and stressful process, so finding the right pool builder is important. We want to make your pool construction experience as easy and stress free as possible. Here are some tips, questions and things to look for when choosing the pool builder to create your paradise.

Pool & Spa Building Experience

When it comes down to it, you want someone that has a lot of experience in pool construction. When you’re paying for a custom pool in your dream backyard, you want the amazing product you were promised. You don’t want to have to go back and fix someone’s mistakes due to lack of experience or poor communication. These mistakes are both costly and very time consuming. We urge you to find a pool builder that knows what they’re doing, instead of going the cheap and “easy” route.

Customer References

Homeowners can tell you their story of what it’s like to work with a particular pool builder. They can share their experience of what went right and what went wrong. You can read about the quality, timeliness of the process and how well the pool builder communicated with the homeowner. In construction, mistakes are made but what counts is how those mistakes are handled. Check their reviews on their social media pages, websites, etc. and read previous and current customer stories.

Pool Builder Insurance

Choosing an insured pool builder is of the upmost importance. When building a pool you are opening yourself to the possibility of something going wrong. It is your pool builders job to keep possible construction issues to a minimum.

Maintenance and Pool Start Up

Ideally, you would want a professional to help you maintain your new pool. The company that built your pool will be best equipped and most familiar with your pool. The personal relationship you have with your pool builder will not only help them serve you better, but your pool as well.

Don’t Just Shop for your Custom Pool Based on Price

Just like anything else in life, if the price is too good to be true, then it probably is. You don’t want to go for “the good deal” just to get a poor result. You get what you pay for when buying a pool and the pool builder has to make money as well. Remember, just because your pool looks aesthetically beautiful, doesn’t mean that your pool is plumbed correctly, and your equipment was installed properly. The good deal now may end up causing you thousands later.

Yard Restoration & Landscaping

Don’t forget about your existing yard and your neighbor’s yard. It is likely that your pool builder will need tear up existing sod in front of your house and possibly part of your neighbor’s yard as well to gain access to the back yard. This also involves removing fencing sections. Make sure your pool builder restores these areas after the construction is done. The last thing you want to worry about is re-sodding your front, yard and your neighbor’s yard and repairing or replacing the fencing. When your pool is finished, you want a beautiful, clean and beautiful yard front and back.

Read the Fine Print – Is the price too good to be true?

The proposal and contract established between you and your pool builder should specify which materials will be used. Your contract should also include which pool equipment is to be installed as well as any warranty information. It’s important that you review these documents together in case clarification is needed. Be sure to ask all your questions, it’s imperative you understand what you are getting into. It is very difficult to cancel a contract with many contractors after the obligatory 3-day rescissionperiod. The contract is there to protect you and the pool builder.

Hiring the right pool builder could be the difference in getting the pool and backyard paradise of your dreams in a timely manner or having a long, drawn out disaster you are unhappy with in the end. We hope this list leaves you with a better idea of what to look for when choosing your custom pool builder.
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