Buying a Swimming Pool?
Buying a pool is a huge responsibility. The average new pool cost in America pushed past $50K in 2011. A new pool is also a permanent fixture to your home which is usually the largest investment a person makes in their lifetime. A pool that starts to fall apart after 5 years will harm the value of your home and create a huge headache for you down the road. Buying a pool is unlike anything you have ever purchased before. In order to build a great swimming pool your contractor needs to have an in depth knowledge of drainage planning and implementation, general engineering principles, an ever increasing legal understanding of liability issues, plumbing, electrical, permitting, concrete, and even a little bit of physics. Building a pool is no small task. Over a five year period I built over 100 pools and every one presented a unique challenge that was unlike any of the other pools.
Although I can’t come close to covering all of the issues and considerations associated with purchasing a new pool in this short article I can prevent you from making 3 huge problems when purchasing your new pool. You will come to learn that the price you pay for your new pool is one of the least of your concerns.
1) Beware of the Third Draw.
Most builders will take payment in construction draws. As one part of the project is completed the builder will collect more money toward the total cost until the project is completed. The amount of draws in a pool construction project is usually 5 total draws with the middle three draws being the largest (5%, 30%, 30%, 30%, 5%). If you have chosen the lowest bidder on the project the third draw should be the scariest day of the project for you. This is especially true if you hired a builder who was significantly lower in price than the other bids.
When a pool builder has underbid a pool construction project they will have figured it out by the third draw. This is because by this time they have already purchased all their materials and paid some of their major labor portions of the project. It is just before the third draw that the builder realizes he or she is going to lose money on the project. So at this point the builder has two choices. They can complete the pool project with their own money or they can get as much of your money as possible and disappear. Which do you think is the builders choice most of the time?
I have seen many people with mud holes in their back yard six months after the third draw and many of them spend years trying to find the builder. I believe that most of these builders made an honest mistake on the price calculations but did not have the character to back up their mistake.
There are several things you can do to avoid problems at the third draw. Make
sure you speak with a former pool builder before buying a swimming pool.
2) Make the Pool Last a Lot Longer.
There are some great ways to make your pool last longer without spending an arm and a leg. These techniques will also give you an idea about how much your chosen pool professional has stayed on top of new pool technology over the years.
3) Don’t go in blind. No Matter What!
You need to know everything you can about the pool company you are going to hire. First, no pool company is perfect. If you are looking for the perfect pool company you will never find it. However, there are steps you can take to significantly reduce your chances of getting a lemon pool builder. You will want to find out as much as you can about the pool company you are planning to hire as well as the person in charge of that pool company.
One way to spot a problem is if the pool company owner can’t be contacted. I have seen pool builders in the past get sued by so many customers that they had to close down their companies only to open up a new company under a girlfriend or wife’s name.
Upscale pools demand high end solutions to ensure the longevity of the swimming pool. Drinkable pool water technology provides this protection in many ways that have not been available in the past.
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