OK, so you are ready to take the plunge and purchase a new swimming pool. You may have done this previously, but for most people it will be the first time.

Just like any other product in the market you will find that there is a vast range of pool contractors offering different features and services. These days there are so many options available the choice can be daunting. We assembled this basic checklist as a point to start your research.

1.  Functionality

What will the pool be used for? Pools can be designed for family fun, relaxation, exercise and lap swimming, therapeutic benefits or all of the above. Will you swim on nice days in summer or all year round? Stating your requirements will allow your pool builder to design a system to meet your needs.

2.  Look

How do you want the pool to look? Do you want a pool with WOW factor that showcases your home or would an elegant understated design look better? In some cases design is not important, it if more about function and usability. Most pool builders will be excited about an extravagant design, however this can add sometimes unnecessary costs.

3.  Work

This can be really important. How much time are you prepared to spend maintaining the pool? The great thing these days is that we can build pools that clean themselves, test themselves and add chemicals, fill themselves up and empty water when they are about to overflow. The only things we can’t automate yet is emptying the baskets and cleaning the filter. Although these features are great, and included in most modern pools, they do add cost.  However they do tend to pale into significance when compared to the cost of your time.

4.  Budget

The old adage “you get what you pay for” is just as true in pools as it is with most products. There is no point looking at expensive sports cars if you want a cheap run around, and vice versa. Cheaper price generally means less features, benefits and quality. However by formulating your wish list and comparing it to your budget it can make it easier to make decisions. Keep in mind that you need to leave some money for landscaping, fencing and other items.

5.  Risk

Any project carries some risk. You can minimize this by using a company with a good reputation and trading history. If you don’t know any ask around. Friends and family can be a good source, as can other industry participants. Try pool shops and pool service companies as they often work on the pools and see the good from the bad. If design is important speak with good landscapers and architects to see who they would use. Also check the SPASA website for members. Once you have a shortlist it can also be worthwhile researching the company online to uncover any reviews.

Finally in my experience projects run best when there is a respectful and trusting relationship between both parties. Make sure you feel comfortable with the company who you are going to choose. After all, it may be the only pool you ever own.


Leave a reply