5 things to ask your pool builder

Published on December 4th, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
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If you want to make your long time wish of having your private pool come true, there are several important aspects that you should bear in mind before you take the plunge. Get acquainted with a range of basic things that every future pool owner should bear in mind, before paying off the pool builder for his/her services. Keep on reading!


Normally, when paying a significant amount of money for having your pool built, you should know what you are paying for. So, you must ask about the warranties included in the price. In some cases, pool builders may present you a range of offers that can be highly attractive but not entirely true. And in the greater majority of cases, the offers are just that: too good to be true. So, make sure you talk about the warranties attached to the building of the pool.

Detailed Quote

Another aspect that you should factor in is having a detailed quote concerning the service the pool builder is providing you. Now, if you don’t have everything you agreed on put in writing, you stand a good chance of having to pay for additional costs attached to the service, which you had no idea of. Certainly, you don’t want any unpleasant surprises concerning the price of the pool to shadow your excitement, do you? Therefore, having every little detail put in writing is vital in order to avoid any possible disturbances.


You should have the issue of insurance cleared by asking your state body of Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia (SPASA) whether this is acknowledged as your responsibility or the pool builder’s responsibility. This law differs by location. For instance, in South Australia, state law normally implies that building insurance ought to be issued for building works that are priced above $12,000. This includes pools and spas. According to SPASA, the main purpose of this insurance is to make sure that your pool or spa has a 5-year warranty attached to it. Without this insurance, the owner of the pool is exposed to a range of risks.

Professional credentials

Look to employ the services of a quality builder by making sure that your pool builder is part of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia. You should know that SPASA encompasses a range of rules for the pool builders who are members of the association. For instance, they need have a license, insurance, and regular credit rating check.


And last, but not least, you should make sure that the person you choose to work with is reliable, as a swimming pool normally implies a lot of costs. For this reason, do your research concerning his/her past works and look for testimonials on the internet or from previous customers.

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