Here is a checklist of things to look for when deciding on which companies to seek bids from on a swimming pool build. This is from our experience working in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Central Texas.
Requirements for a prospective company:
1. They should have an actual office. Without an office they may have nothing really vested in their company.
2. They should have insurance, at least a 1 million dollar policy.
3. Consider their time and experience in the industry.
4. Consider their time and experience in your area.
5. They should have pools to show you that are similar to the project you would like built.
6. Make sure to check their reference list and their online reviews, and make sure they match up.
7. They should be members of APSP. This is our governing body, and any reputable pool builder should be a member.
This is just a small sample of questions you should ask your prospective pool builders. Keep in mind the state of Texas does not require licensing to become a pool builder. So anyone can start a business in the swimming pool building industry regardless of experience. We recommend that as a potential customer you do your research, especially when the price sounds too good to be true. When everyone claims to be the best, someone is not being entirely honest. Please take the time to research every company that comes to your home prior to meeting with them.
When it comes to building a pool you have Price, Customer Service, and Quality to consider. Typically you can only have 2 of those 3, make sure you choose what is most important to you in the long run.
Remember that this is going to be a long relationship, even after your pool is complete. Make sure you pick someone you are comfortable with, and trust to be there for you long after the sale is complete.