Choosing a Pool Builder
When choosing a pool builder, there are some key steps you can follow to make the best choice for your particular needs.
You should be able to obtain references easily from any reputable builder. Ask for details of people who have contracted similar work to yours and arrange to visit them. This allows you to view the finished product, check finer details (such as tile finish) and speak to the previous customer directly about the company. If a builder cannot provide references, it may be best to look elsewhere.
Ensure the Builder has Insurance
Any builder should be insured, to cover against damages to property during work, contractor injury, etc. during work. Obtain details of this insurance so that you know you are not taking on any unknown liabilities. Any issues here are a clear red flag.
Ensure you Really Understand the Payment and Cost Structure
It is a good idea to find out how much of the build price you will pay up front and when the rest will be requested by the builder. For example, if you are asked to pay more than 66% of the cost before the pools concrete layer has been added, it is advisable to look elsewhere.
Take care to establish exactly what is covered by the contract in terms of works and cost. If a builder hits rock while digging, this can lead to delays and cost increases. It is a good idea to speak to the builder beforehand and confirm these details.
Some builders do not include formwork, electrical work, etc. in the contract, resulting in an increase in costs when it comes to both the in-ground pool installation itself, and the finishing of the garden space you set out to build. Ensure that all works you are seeking to have done are included in the contract and the price, prior to signing.
Ask the Builder to come to the Site Prior to Quoting
When it comes to the quote itself, be sure not to trust a blind over-the-phone or general quote. Reputable builders will only quote a price once the envisaged works have been carefully talked out and confirmed, and the space in which the work is to be done has been surveyed. If a price seems too good to be true from someone who has not done this, then it likely is.
Make Sure you Feel Comfortable
Finally, you should be comfortable with the builder you select, and be able to build some kind of rapport with them. You will be working closely with them throughout the project and, as such, it is important you feel good about them, and can trust them.