You are finally ready to take on one of your dream jobs as a handyman: your own garden pool. You always wanted to jump into the cool, clear water right outside your backyard door. Have a fun time with the family on a hot summer day in Sydney. And you’re done, you’ve got the funding covered, you know exactly what your pool should look like.
But wait, there’s a problem: you don’t know how to do it? Who will build it?
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This is a common concern when it comes to building something, let alone a swimming pool. Swimming pool construction is a great long-term investment, you just need to get it right the first time if you want to avoid serious repercussions in the future. Not to mention, a project like this can use up a lot of your resources: time, money, and effort. The construction work can drag on for weeks and your patience can reach its limits.
What you need is a swimming pool builder who can meet all of your needs and go beyond that. Sounds daunting right? Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some ideas on how to find your dream pool builder.
1. Word of mouth is always the best place to start.
Walk around the neighborhood and ask around. Ask family or friends for recommendations. An actual pool is the best showcase a builder can ever have. What were your general experiences? How did the actual construction go? There were problems? How did you deal with it? How is their customer service both during construction and afterwards. Do you also maintain the pool? These are just a few questions that can come to mind. If firsthand recommendations are impossible, try a detailed online search for reviews from home builders in your area.
2. Request an offer from at least 3 pre-selected construction companies.
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After you have done your first research, contact us and request detailed offers. Make sure they understand exactly what you want by providing them with detailed descriptions or illustrations of your requirements. Compare prices and ask for breakdowns or explanations of key points. While the cheapest builder may seem attractive to you, it isn’t always a good idea as it could indicate material savings and crappy service. One of the things you might want to be aware of is cleaning, support, and post-build maintenance. With all said and done, you don’t want to be left standing on dry land to deal with all the belly mess and problems that could arise after construction.
3. Check first hand what you have learned about your prospective home owner.
Before making your final decision, visit the builders’ showroom and speak to previous customers or related vendors and suppliers if possible. One of the tell-tale signs of a stable business is the amount of investment that has been made in its physical headquarters and showroom. Especially in the internet age where businesses are popping up out of nowhere (and disappearing the same way!), A professional looking place shows you that you can boast that they want to stay long term.
Ask them about customer testimonials and, whenever possible, reach out to them so you can get a feel for what it is like to work with your prospective builder and see the actual end product. A casual conversation with your builder, customer and sales person about the difficulties and challenges that they expected and experienced in the course of the project will give you an impression of the depth of their training, experience and professionalism.
After choosing your pool builder in bustling Sydney, sit back and sip your favorite beverage and imagine your very own pool party.