Knoxville, TN pool contractors offer these pool construction mishaps to avoid
If you’re in the beginning stages of buying a swimming pool for your family, you already know it is not as simple as shopping for a sofa or a kitchen table. A swimming pool, the contractors from Tipton Pools share, is a major investment and needs to be treated a such.
What can you do to make certain you’re on the right track when it comes to your swimming pool research and eventual pool construction project? Here are items to consider (and potentially avoid) when shopping for a swimming pool contractor:
- Thinking you can get a one-size-fits all approach. When you talk to pool builder A and then talk with pool builder B chances are you will get conflicting information on price, construction material and pool equipment. This doesn’t mean that either contractor is wrong, it just means that he may use different methods for construction, may recommend particular equipment and the construction material itself leads to differing prices. Your pool will likely not be a cookie cutter of the neighbors or your friends and that, too, can lead to differences in prices.
- Getting bogged down in analyzing everything. Yes, you need to be an educated consumer and you need to ask questions, but at some point you will have to pick one contractor and one estimate and get the project started. While you should get more than one estimate, you don’t want to gather 20 or 50! If you do, you will be paralyzed by the choices. Before you meet with a pool contractor you do want to do research so you know what questions to ask because the pool contractor will not know what you do, or don’t know about the process.
- Don’t be swayed by personality. Just as there are used car salesmen that can talk you into a vehicle that may not be 100% ideal, there are pool contractors that can do the same. You need to find a contractor with whom you can work but don’t be swayed by fast talk and jargon.
- This leads us to… don’t buy based solely on price. If a price is too good to be true, you need to find out why. Is it a sub par building material? Are they using equipment that isn’t as good a quality as you can purchase? Saving up front may lead to higher costs in the long run.
- gets 10-15 or more estimates for swimming pool construction and then can’t make a decision because they have become so confused. Do your due diligence and get 3 or 4 estimates from reputable swimming pool companies. Then make your decision and go with it.
- Read the contract before you sign it. Yes, these may be cumbersome, but you don’t want to skim it and then find out later that you missed something crucial in the fine print. If necessary, ask an attorney to look it over for for you.
- Aesthetics matter, especially as your pool will be the focal point of your backyard, but mechanics and overall construction and building materials matter more. You need to weigh the aesthetics and the add ons against your overall budget and make decisions based on fact.
Work with a pool contractor who answers your questions, addresses your concerns, has been in business for a while, is experienced and comes with good references and you will have a pool project that you can be proud of!