Why You Should Never Cut Corners with Pool Contractors Over Price
This topic of competing on price is a very sensitive one for us here at Pleasure Pools. While we understand that homeowners often have tough decisions to make to stay within a certain budget, we continue to see examples of people who hire pool contractors are were not aware of the quality of their work.
The bottom line is that if you don’t know the person you hire, you should have a contract before you work with them. Here are a few things to think about which can help protect you from having these problems in the future.
Making the Tough Decisions
Determine what stage each contractor performs. For certain stages, your builder won’t use an unknown contractor. Your excavator, for example, may come with the builder, if he has experience with this person.
The success of a project relies on the precision of your contractors. Problems that result from improper excavation, for example, will show up in various other aspects of the pool. Excavation failures can cause problems down the line.
Tip – Don’t rely on a “friend of a friend” to handle certain parts of the pool construction process.
Builders and Contractors
Many pool builders will similarly not want to take unnecessary chances with the core stages of your pool, which include electrical, plumbing, shotcrete or gunite and steel, according to Pool Spa News.
Your builder may be more willing to take a chance with contractors they don’t know when it comes to plaster, tile and decking. The only time this is not followed is for infinity pools, where the performance may be adversely affected if mistakes are made.
Tile is a surface veneer for your pool, and any problems created by tiling are usually more straightforward. If your subcontractor will determine the performance of the catch basin, or any other part of a pool with a vanishing edge, pool builders prefer to work with qualified contractors.
Your main pool contractor does his work full-time and needs to rely on the people he hires to do the main work areas. Before you decide whom to use, ask your builder about his specific concerns.
Ask the Right Questions
If an electrician doesn’t know about running electrical service to a pool, there may be mistakes made. Pools have specific codes that these electricians may not know, as related to pools. You won’t want to use someone who doesn’t understand the specific needs of electrical service to pools.
If you have concerns over hiring, say, a brother in law to do your pool, present these concerns to him and get valid answers. Make sure he can answer your questions and knows what he is doing in all phases of pool installation. You may lose money if every step is not done properly.
The Bottom Line
In addition to ensuring that your contractor knows what he’s doing, price is also a factor. If a suggestion is made to swap out a subcontractor, it may be in order to get a better deal. You need to be sure that your main contractor is correctly pricing your job.
Conference calls between the main contractor and subcontractors can be helpful. You can get a feel for how much the subcontractors know about the job. Don’t let the price of a good sub-contractor scare you away from losing him. It’s not worth the money saved up front if you end up spending money for repairs after the pool is completed.
While your pool project is running, the builder must provide enough observation over the other trades to ensure a successful project. You need to provide enough supervision that you understand what is going on, but not have so much input that you might have liability if a problem develops.
Monitoring the project without supervising should be a good balance. You and your builder don’t want to be pulled into a failure to warn the workers that something may be wrong. In this way, your builder will watch the subcontractors close enough that any problems are not yours to fix, after the fact.