How to choose a reputable pool builder

How to choose the right pool builder

Before selecting a builder for your swimming pool installation project, there are a few things you should consider. From cost to reputation, here are some key things to think about before you make your final decision:


Ask a broad selection of builders for quoted estimates on how much the work is likely to cost. Make sure to get an itemised list of all the costs included as well, as you don’t want to be hit with any unexpected hidden costs once the installation has been completed.

Once you’ve received your quotes, be careful not to make the mistake of thinking that the lowest estimate is the best one to go for. After all, you get what you pay for when it comes to building work – common sense should always be the number one factor in your decision.


Your decision should also be based on a suppliers’ track record and previous quality of work, rather than price alone. Look for builders who are dedicated to installing swimming pools. Builders who focus all their energy on building swimming pools specifically are much more likely to have the skills required for your project. General contractors with more than one niche may not have the same expertise as a seasoned pool contractor, who will have worked with a number of previous clients.

Whichever kind of pool you plan on installing, your chosen builder should know exactly what they are doing. Otherwise, you could end up feeling incredibly disappointed by the final outcome of your project. Whether you want a vinyl-lined above-ground pool or a cost-effective one-piece pool, choose a swimming pool builder with sufficient experience to satisfy your requirements.


Many pool builders specialise in certain pool types, while others have a broad range of experience with all types of swimming pools. Even if your pool design doesn’t involve a complicated construction process, experience is key. Make sure to safeguard your selection by checking the reputation of your builder on industry websites and review portals. While you may want to try someone new and slightly, it’s a much better idea to use a builder with a track record of leaving homeowners satisfied with their construction work.


Once you have selected your pool builder, finalise your design before allowing construction to begin. It will be difficult to change your mind and incorporate new features into the design after the pool has been installed, so it’s best to do everything right from the start.

Specialist pool builders will also be able to provide you with suitable suggestions and ideas to design a swimming pool that complements both your property and your lifestyle. If you have a custom pool design in mind and want to run it past your builder, be sure to do this before the construction starts in order to ensure you get exactly what you intended out of the project.

To receive a quote for a swimming pool installation you have in mind, or for advice on which design is right for you, contact our friendly team by calling us on 0333 4567 111 or request a free brochure here.

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