No matter how good a reputation the builder you choose has, he still has to build the pool in front of you.
If you were fortunate enough to be able to afford a brand new Rolls Royce, they would have the luxury of building it in a factory away from your peering eyes. When the apprentice puts the mirror on back to front, you wouldn’t see it happen! But after many months of waiting, you would receive a shinning, pristine, brand new Rolls Royce, most likely, with a lovely hamper, or some wine in the back. You will have a good fuzzy feeling about your purchase, and the Rolls Royce name would retain its impeccable reputation.
Unfortunately your pool builder has no such luxury, he has to do everything in front of you, not only that, he is probably going to create more of a mess in your backyard than you initially thought he would. And at the very least, at some point you will get frustrated.
Whoever you choose to build your pool will be in your backyard most days for some months. Make sure you like and trust the people you are dealing with.
It’s important to allow him to make mistakes and fix them along the way without complaining too much. The key thing to remember is this… Be patient with your builder until you see his final product. Unless of course, you notice a very major mistake or misunderstanding that needs to be fixed quickly, in which case, you may need to say something, and say it as soon as possible, before it is too late to fix.
If you have chosen your builder wisely… Just like the Rolls Royce, the final product will most likely be even better than you expected!
Do you agree?
What unexpected pool building surprises have you encountered that have had a happy ending?
TO REVEAL OR NOT TO REVEAL
Once you have decided on your budget… Is it a good idea to let anyone quoting or bidding for your business to know the budget that you have set?
When you think about it… You will never buy anything that you don’t think is good value for money! And you will never deal with someone you don’t like or trust! So my answer is that I would never be afraid of revealing my budget to anyone. You have nothing to lose and plenty to gain.
When a pool builder asks you for your budget, it’s a good idea to tell them what it is immediately. You will benefit even more if you tell them what you expect for your money, such as any extras like paving, fencing, lighting, water features or even some soft landscaping.
Knowing your budget and what you expect will help your builder determine very quickly if they can help you, and if not, they will be able to tell you their reasons why. They may even run away and never come back! But if they stay, they will at least know the limits you would like them to keep within, and this will save you both a lot of time.
If you have the means to do so, you may even choose to increase your budget after hearing what they have to say.
“You need to have some spare money in your budget so you don’t get a big shock later in the project because of having to pay unexpected bills.”
If you refuse to give them a budget limit, you can expect to be very disappointed and frustrated, because in general there are two types of pool builders: there are ones who will aim for the cheapest price just to get your business (which may even include inferior products), and others who will offer you an entire universe of optional extras, the very best of everything, with a price to match!
You may fit into one of those categories, but most people are somewhere in between. Most of us don’t mind spending a bit more if we are properly informed as to the added value we will get by choosing a better product.
What do you think?