The Danger of Buying a Pool Based on Price
These days, everyone is looking to stretch their budgets and buying power. This trend has found its way into the pool industry as well, with many pool builders competing on price, or offering to build a pool for much less than what some competitors are charging.
On the surface this seems like a good thing for the consumer, but just like with anything else you might buy because the price is low, there are dangers of buying a pool strictly based on price. These might include not ending up with the pool you really wanted, or having more headaches and hassle than you ever dreamed of. After all, it’s hard to argue with the old saying “You get what you pay for”.
No Job Too Small?
While a small contractor, or “one pole builder” as we call them in the industry, might be able to tell you that their low overhead is the reason they offer such a low price, you might want to consider exactly what that means.
Will a smaller company be able to effectively manage multiple construction projects at once, will they be on time to meet all of your contract obligations, and will they use top notch equipment and contractors? These are just a few of the questions you should before you find out the answer the hard way that your contractor can’t be found for days at a time.
Get Details About Your Equipment
Just like you wouldn’t dream of buying a car without knowing what type of interior or engine it had, you shouldn’t sign an agreement to buy a pool without knowing exactly what type of equipment your contractor plans to use.
At Pleasure Aquatech Pools, we use the Jandy line of equipment as Jandy has a reputation second to none in the pool industry. Don’t be fooled by a seemingly lower priced quote that also includes sub-par pool equipment that you will have to spend more money to maintain or replace later down the road.
Service After the Sale
Anyone who owns a pool will tell you that your experience with a pool builder doesn’t stop when the pool is built. After the initial construction is complete you may need additional maintenance or equipment, or simply need some advice on how to properly manage your new pool.
Service after the sale is something that is just as important in our industry as it is in others, and someone who offers you an ultra-low price on a pool may not be able to afford the time or manpower to provide you with service after the pool is complete. This is especially true with smaller contractors who may be busy with other jobs and will not have the staff to attend to your needs if they are not available.
This year, we were proudly named to the 2012 Pool & Spa Magazine Top 50 Builders list, an award which included a Top 10 National Ranking in Customer Service. This award is as much about having a great pool building process as it is having great staff, and providing great service after the sale.