If you’re getting ready to install a pool, working with a great contractor can greatly enhance not only your future enjoyment of your piece of backyard paradise, it can also spare you multiple headaches along the way (see Part 1). Those are the headaches that come with hiring someone whose workmanship or integrity (or both) end up being a big disappointment. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind when it comes to making this important choice.
Don’t Jump at Incredible Discounts
In nearly every location of the country, you’ll find unscrupulous pool builders who will attempt to undercut the competition by offering bargain basement prices. The problem with these builders is that their unbelievably low prices can usually only be achieved by skimping on quality. That lowered quality can come in the form of hiring workers who don’t really know what they’re doing or using materials that aren’t designed to stand the test of time. Whether they use inferior products, cut corners during installation, or both, chances are you’ll end up paying more for this too-good-to-be-true deal in the long run.
Though you may take a chance on a bargain when it comes to buying paper towels or some other cheap household item that gets used up and quickly replaced, it’s not wise to take a chance on going with a fly-by-night pool builder who offers unbelievably low discounts. With something that’s going to be a long-term investment, it makes good sense to pay a little extra for high-quality workmanship. If someone’s offering prices that are far below the rest of the quotes from local pool contractors, then it would behoove you to be skeptical of their service and look elsewhere.
Avoid Overpaying a Pool Contractor with Inflated Prices
On the other end of the spectrum, the most expensive contractor out there isn’t necessarily the best either. Just like you have dishonest pool builders who offer ridiculously low prices coupled with low-quality results, there are also dishonest pool builders who charge exorbitant fees for no good reason. They may try to claim that their pool installation practices and materials are far superior to everyone else, and that’s why they have to charge so much. In reality, there’s probably not much of a difference between their work and that of the other reputable contractors in the area.
If you want to avoid paying too little and ending up with a low-quality pool or paying too much and getting ripped off for your pool installation service, you can start by following the internet and phone investigation practices we laid out in our first article. Be careful to check around on a variety of pool builder websites as well as talk to contractors over the phone in order to get an idea of what the average rates are for installing each of the different types of inground pools. Make sure you’re only looking at websites for contractors in your local area as rates can tend to vary widely in different parts of the country.
In the next article in our series, we’ll look at procedural organization, product selection, and implementation of best practices. All of these factors can help you to determine if a potential pool builder which you’re thinking of hiring will fall short of, meet, or exceed your expectations.
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