The phrase, “you get what you pay for” is true in so many instances in our life. It can be especially true and harmful if you buy a swimming pool based on the lowest possible price you can find. Don’t hire the cheapest pool builder because if someone’s prices are so much lower than anyone else’s there is probably a reason. Are they not using the same quality materials other builders are? Are they not offering the same project parameters others are? The contractors from Seahorse Pools and Spas in Fort Worth, Texas believe an educated consumer is best.
If someone offers a pool construction price that is too good to be true, it probably is. Ask that contractor why his price is so much lower than another. Show him the pricing you received from others (without showing the other contractor’s name) and ask why it’s so different. Do the same with the higher priced estimate — ask why it’s so much higher.
Get the most for your money by choosing the pool builder that offers a great price and high quality materials and equipment.
Don’t hire the cheapest pool builder
Here are reasons why you don’t want to hire a contractor based only on price:
- The equipment may be less expensive, but it may cost you more to run than if you’d invested in energy efficient equipment.
- Does the contractor carry insurance for his workers and is his liability insurance (that will protect you and your property) up to date? Call the agent.
- What are the warranties and guarantees that come with the project and equipment? Don’t skimp here.
If a pool contractor is offering an extremely low price he may be doing that at the expense of his own profit. Why should you care? Because if he isn’t making much profit, he may not put much effort into your project. You also won’t want to hire a pool contractor who expects you to pay for the entire project up front — that is a sign of desperation and could leave you high and dry.
Search out estimates from at least three contractors then compare them side by side. Ask the contractors to explain anything you don’t understand and if one offers something another doesn’t ask why. Do your due diligence. This is a major investment and you want it to be with you for a lifetime.