In 2019, the swimming pool construction business was almost worth $7 billion in the United States. 

That’s a lot of money, right? So now imagine you’re in the market for a custom pool builder and have no idea where to find a reputable constructor. 

However, if you knew exactly how to weed out the bad guys, the process of building would be so much easier on you financially and would save you time. 

So keep reading for 10 questions to ask your pool builder to make sure they match your wants and needs!

1. What Experience Do You Have?

Experience in pool building is important for so many reasons. So be sure to ask the company you’re interested in about their pool building experience overall. 

They should then be able to show you a portfolio of the work they’ve completed, along with descriptions of each job. 

And this is also a great time to ask about their business as a whole. For example, ask how many years they’ve been in the industry and what their specializations are. 

2. Do You Have References?

References are a great way to see if the company will be a good match for you or not. And that’s because references come from the previous customers that they have worked with. 

A good tip to consider is to call at least 10 references they provide you with. This will give you a wide range of people’s opinions to compare. This is basically each customer’s review of the jobs that the company has completed. 

And don’t forget to ask as many questions as you can think of. Ask things that include their work ethic, job duration, or even if they met their expectations. 

3. Are You Licensed and Insured?

Be sure to ask if your company has a license and insurance. If not, this could be a red flag and you may need to reconsider doing business with them. 

License and insurance are important for any liabilities that may arise during the construction of your pool. And those two things can make things easier on you and the builder in any instance of turmoil. 

4. Do You Have Warranty?

Always make sure you ask about their warranty. And that’s because warranty can save you time and money if a problem with the pool ever comes into play. 

You should ask what all their warranty covers, if it costs extra, and how long the warranty lasts. 

And don’t forget to ask for a breakdown of the details if a repair ever needs to be made. How they go about warranty work can tell you a lot about their company as a whole. 

5. What Will Fit My Budget?

Establish your budget before you choose a company. This will keep you from spending more than you have available. 

Then when you speak with your contractor, they can tell you your exact options for your budget. And be firm in not going over if you cannot afford it. 

And this will let your builder figure out the best design for you and your property. 

6. How Long Will Installation Take?

Installation of a pool is no overnight job. So be sure to ask how long your design is estimated to take. 

So ask for a start to finish estimation to make sure that the timeframe works for that period of your life. 

And remember, issues can happen that can delay the finished product. So be sure to give your builders a little bit of leeway. 

7. What Is Your Design Plan?

After asking about budget and installation, you can then begin asking about the specifics of the design plan. 

And at this point, asking exactly how they’re going to get the job done is when you should pay close attention. Keep in mind that they should know what to do and should not beat around the bush when explaining their designs. 

Also, speak your mind about what you’re wanting your pool to look like. Don’t be unrealistic with your budget, but also don’t let the builders get too far from your expectations. 

8. What Should I Expect From the Building Process?

The building process goes hand in hand with the design plan. However, here is where you can ask questions about plumbing, how the hole is dug, and which location will work best in your yard. 

This is also a great time to ask if you need to make any preparations on your land for the pool. For example, do you need to remove fencing for their equipment? Or do you need to get any trees removed?

9. What Products Do You Use When Building?

Not many people think about the products used by builders. However, this can be important for cost, environment, or durability. 

And asking what they use and for descriptions will clear up any concerns you might have. 

Plus, reviewing the products yourself can help you see if it will be a high-quality build or a cheaper build. 

10. How Much Will This Cost Me?

And finally, the most important question is about the overall cost. Your swimming pool builder should give you a price estimate and a breakdown of that price as well. 

Also, remember to ask any questions about the pricing to ensure you’re getting a proper deal. 

Just remember, set aside a little more money in case any changes need to be made. 

Your Pool Builder

These questions will definitely help you when it comes to your custom pool design. 

And don’t be afraid to ask anything that comes to mind when trying to find a good pool builder. 

So if you’re ready for the pool of your dreams, call us today for your free consultation! We will take the best care of you here at Sahara Construction and Custom Pools!