We’ve all heard horror stories of people who have hired the wrong contractor for a big job. At best, they don’t get everything they’d hoped for, but at worst, they’re left with a money pit that keeps getting deeper.
That’s the danger you face when you hire someone to build your in-ground pool. The right one can give you your dream oasis; the wrong one can drain your finances and leave you in a drought.
One way to narrow down your choices is to decide between a nationwide chain or a local custom pool builder. Here are three key reasons to go with a local custom pool builder.
1. Knowledge of Your Area
A local custom pool builder has likely been working in your general area for years or decades and this offers more advantages than you may realize.
First of all, they know your area’s soil. Soil conditions affect in-ground pools in an immense way. Whether your soil is sandy, clay, or somewhere in between, a custom pool builder must know how to work with it.
If a pool isn’t set correctly into your soil, it can shift over time and cause costly damage. Local builders are intimately familiar with your local soil, while national brands don’t spend enough time in your area to gain this expertise.
The second reason local knowledge is important for a pool builder is that they know your area’s trends. Aesthetic trends in pools vary by city and state just like they do in real estate and fashion.
A local builder can help you blend your personal style with your city’s trends to protect your future resale value.
Finally, local knowledge is important because it goes both ways – the builder knows your neighbors and your neighbors know them. If you know their previous customers, you can get referrals and evaluate their pool-building work for yourself.
We’ve all felt the struggle of poor customer service from national brands and that extends to the pool-building industry.
A local custom pool builder, on the other hand, is always nearby if you need them or if you have questions about how to care for your pool.
When they’re living and working right in your city, it also gives you the reassurance of their authenticity. Large nationwide companies sometimes have the power to hide unhappy customers or escape litigation.
If anyone had negative thoughts about your local pool builder, on the other hand, you’d know it in a heartbeat.
Last but not least, let’s talk about the finished product. Like every other part of your home, your pool should be a reflection of your style and personality. A custom pool builder has the flexibility and time to put into making your dream pool a reality.
If you already have the rest of your outdoor space designed, a custom builder can create a pool that fits perfectly into the style (and the size) you already have.
In this same vein, if you have an existing pool, custom builders can often make modifications or improvements to meet your new needs.
Where to Find a Local Pool Builder
If the advantages above sound like the experience you want in a pool-building process, it’s time to start shopping. Contact us to discuss your dream pool and how together we can make it a reality.
JSQ Improvements specializes in quality custom pools, design and outdoor living. Our professional pool installation and renovation team are available in Huntington Beach and surrounding Orange County areas.