Deciding to design and build your dream pool is an easy choice to make. The hard part comes with picking the right designer and builder for you. There are a lot of choices out there; it can get overwhelming trying to determine the best company for the job. So how do you set them apart to make sure you choose one who’s reputable and trustworthy?
Do your research, compare and contrast companies, and start with this guide to choosing the right pool builder. You’ll be able to sort through the choices with ease to pick the company with the most integrity, highest quality, and most efficiency.
A reputable designer and builder will turn your backyard into a luxurious oasis you can’t wait to escape to.
How To Choose the Right Pool Builder and Designer
Don’t leave your dream backyard to chance. To give yourself peace of mind during the project, do your due diligence when choosing a pool builder. Here are some things to consider when choosing your pool builder and designer.
Verify Their Contractor’s License and Insurance
Ensure the builder you choose has a contractor’s license that is both valid and up to date. Additionally, make sure the pool builder has valid insurance. A trustworthy pool builder will provide you with the name and number of their insurance company so you can confirm its validity. You should verify their insurance before ever signing a contract.
Also, you want to inquire about potential subcontractors that may be used on the job. Are they covered by general liability insurance and Workman’s Compensation?
Understand the Payment Schedule
Every pool builder structures their payment plans differently. A common schedule includes an initial deposit followed by additional payments when the work meets certain milestones. However, it’s a red flag if a builder requires a large percentage of the total as an upfront payment. Another red flag is when the price seems too good to be true.
You should always pay with a check or credit card, not cash. That way if the builders cannot meet the terms of the contract, you can dispute the charges with your credit card company.
Know Their Limitations
You have a vision in mind for what you’re looking for in your future pool. But not all pool designers and builders are alike. Some might not be able to deliver the pool size and standards you want.
Make sure the company you choose is able to design and build the pool exactly how you envision it.
Look For the Start Date
It might seem counterintuitive, but you should be skeptical of a company that is ready to start building your pool right away. A reliable and trustworthy builder will have a schedule of clients, and if they are ready to start immediately, that could indicate a lack of projects or that they need money fast. If the price is too good to be true and they’re willing to start right away, you should proceed with caution.
Of course, the flipside of this is that the pool builder is adequately staffed and able to manage projects properly. Always weigh all the facts before making a decision.
Check Reviews and Testimonials
The best way to know if a company is reliable is by checking out their past customers’ experiences. Read the reviews and testimonials provided on their website and view the galleries of their work, but also be sure to check out other sources. Past customers will leave honest reviews on Google and Yelp, and some might provide photos of the finished pool so you can check the quality of the work.
Trust Your Instincts
It’s also important to trust your gut when choosing a reliable pool builder. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Can you verify the credentials they gave you?
- Are the phone number and physical address correct?
- How long has the company been in business?
- Do you feel pressured to sign the contract quickly?
- Are they hard to get a hold of?
Ultimately, you’re going to be letting this company into your home and if you don’t feel comfortable from the start, you might want to consider finding another builder.
For the Highest Quality Custom Pools, Trust Emerald
Finding the right designer and builder is the first step to transforming your backyard into a luxurious desert oasis. The team at Emerald Pools and Spas has over 20 years of experience designing and building custom high-end pools in the North Phoenix and Scottsdale areas.
Our reliable staff is eager to turn your dreams into reality. Reach out today to discover the difference an Emerald pool can make in your life. Schedule a design consultation or call us at 602-795-4466 to dive in.
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