Looking for a pool? Let Parrot Bay Pool & Spas show you the correct ways to buy and install your pool. Here are a few mistakes people make when shopping for a pool:
1. Shopping like you are buying a car
Swimming pools are custom construction projects, and are built by individuals and pool contractors with different standards. Unlike an automobile, which is manufactured in a factory under controlled conditions, all swimming pools are not built the same. Much of what you do not see will impact the cost and quality of your pool over time.
2. Not asking questions about licensure and service after the sale
Is your pool builder a NC licensed contractor? Find out here www.nclbgc.org. What makes them qualified to build your custom swimming pool? Do they always put in the same pool each time or do they take the time to custom build your pool to your desires and functions? Do your homework. Get 2 or 3 estimates from reputable swimming pool companies in the area. Does your pool company also service the pool after the sale? Do they have a dedicated service department for maintenance, repairs, and cleanings? If not, who will you use to service the pool?
3. Shopping based on price
Usually, if a deal seems too good to be true, it is. If you shop for price alone, you are destined to be disappointed. Consider the saying, “If you think the cost of a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur!” Sorry guys you can’t get a full in ground pool package installed for under $20,000. They don’t exist and if they do run!
4. Shopping over the phone for a swimming pool
It’s impossible. Take the time to meet with a swimming pool contractor and have them provide you with an estimate. Do not assume every pool builder knows how to properly construct a pool. The more you know and understand about swimming pool construction, the better buyer you will be. Take the time to educate yourself on pumps, filters, and sanitation systems. This is a huge investment and you need to know what you are purchasing.
5. Assuming swimming pools cost less to build in the wintertime
We have seen increases in prices, gas increases, and insurance premium hikes. Pools don’t get cheaper as time goes on; building a swimming pool will never be less expensive than it is today.
6. Focusing on the aesthetics and not the mechanics of your swimming pool
Hydraulic design, flow rates, pipe size, pump and filter types, chemical management systems, and many other factors will make a big difference in the ability of your swimming pool to stay clean and sanitized.
7. Not thinking about safety
Swimming pools can be a great place to have fun, exercise, and just enjoy the outdoors. They can also be dangerous. Make sure you know what your city/county requires for barriers and fencing. More importantly, make sure you protect the ones you care for, and protect the ones that cannot protect themselves.
As always, Parrot Bay Pools is here to answer your questions. 910-429-0086