Compass Pools explores the questions to ask when looking for a reputable pool builder.

How to choose the right pool builder

Before selecting a swimming pool builder for your pool installation project, shop around. Ask a broad selection of suppliers for price estimates. However, common sense should be the number one factor in your decision. Cost is a necessary consideration, but should not drive your entire decision regarding choosing a pool builder. After all, you get what you pay for. Selecting from the available UK pool builders based on their track record and quality of works, not just their price alone. Always ask potential builders for an itemised list of costs included in the price quote. You don’t want to be hit with unexpected hidden costs after selecting the builder for your project.

Look for builders who are dedicated to the installation of swimming pools. Builders who focus all of their energies on pools are much more likely to have the advanced skills that are a perfect match for your project. General contractors with more than one niche may not have the specialized skills of a seasoned pool contractor, who focus only on the installation of pools.

No matter what kind of pool you are planning to have installed, the selected pool builder must know exactly what they are doing during each step of the process or you are likely to be disappointed with the outcome of your project. Whether you want a custom in-ground pool; a vinyl-lined above-ground pool or a one piece pool, choose a swimming pool builder with experience and the references to back it up.

Many pool builders specialise in certain pool types, while others have a broad range of experience with all pool types. Even if you have selected a simple swimming pool design that does not involve a complicated construction process, it is very important to hire an experienced builder. Check the reputation of your builder on industry websites and review portals. Avoid builders who have not been in the business long enough to build up a track record of satisfied homeowners.

Once you have interviewed a few builders and selected one, be sure your swimming pool design is finalised before you allow construction to begin. Once a pool has been installed, it is often hard for builders to incorporate certain features into the design. It’s best to do everything right from the start. Some builders are more excited about completing a custom pool design project than others. Many are willing to offer suggestions and ideas for designing a pool that will complement both your property and your lifestyle. If you do have a custom pool design in mind, be sure that your builder and the designer have the chance to meet so you can get exactly what it is you envisioned for this project.

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