August 2, 2023
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The 5 biggest mistakes homeowners make when building a pool

Building a pool can be a very exciting project, but it's important to avoid making common mistakes in order to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. In this blog post, we will discuss the five biggest mistakes homeowners make when building a pool. We'll also provide tips on how to avoid these mistakes and have a successful pool build!

Rhiannon Royall
Avoid these mistakes when you build your new swimming pool

Mistake #1. Selecting the wrong pool builder

The first mistake homeowners make is selecting the wrong pool builder. It's important to do your research and select a reputable, experienced builder who you can trust. There are over a thousand companies in Australia that build pools, which is why this step is often where most homeowners go wrong - it is a LOT of work selecting the right one.

To help you select the right pool builder, make sure to ask for referrals from friends or family who have had a pool built recently. Once you've got a few referrals, do your own research on each company by reading online reviews, checking if the company is licensed and visiting their website.

When you've narrowed down your selection to a handful of companies, it's time to start meeting with them. This is where you'll get a feel for each company and whether or not they're the right fit for you. Make sure to ask lots of questions and take note of how they answer them - this will give you an idea of their level of knowledge and experience.

At the end of the day, selecting the right pool builder is one of the most important decisions you'll make during the pool-building process, so don't take it lightly!

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Mistake #2. Selecting a pool builder based only on the cheapest price

The second mistake is selecting the pool builder based only on the cheapest price. While it's important to stay within your budget, you also want to make sure you're getting quality workmanship and materials. Be sure to get quotes from multiple builders and compare not only the price but also the services included in each quote.

It's also important to keep in mind that the cheapest quote isn't always the best deal. In some cases, a builder may be able to offer a lower price because they're cutting corners on quality or using lower-grade materials. So, be sure to do your research and ask lots of questions so you can be confident you're getting the best possible value for your money.

Mistake #3. Not understanding the pool building contract terms and conditions

The third mistake homeowners make is not understanding the pool building contract terms and conditions. This is one of the most important documents you'll sign during the pool-building process, so it's vital that you understand everything that's included in it.

Be sure to take the time to read through the entire contract and ask questions about anything you don't understand. It's also a good idea to have a lawyer or other legal professional review the contract before you sign it. This way, you can be confident that you're making the best decision for your situation.

Mistake #4. Not getting a fixed-price contract

The fourth mistake homeowners make when building a pool is not getting a fixed-price contract. A fixed-price contract means that the builder agrees to complete the work for a set price, regardless of any unforeseen circumstances that may arise during construction.

This type of contract protects you from cost overruns and ensures that you won't be surprised with a higher bill at the end of the project. Be sure to get a fixed-price contract in writing before work begins on your pool.

Mistake #5. Underestimating the size of the project

The fifth and final mistake homeowners make when building a pool is underestimating the size of the project. A pool is a big investment, both financially and in terms of time and effort.

Be sure to do your research and realistically assess how much time, money, and energy you're willing to put into this project before you get started. This will help ensure that you don't bite off more than you can chew and end up with a half-finished pool in your backyard!

By avoiding these five mistakes, you'll be well on your way to having a successful pool-building experience. Just remember to do your research, ask lots of questions, and get everything in writing before work begins. With a little planning and effort, you'll be enjoying your new pool in no time!


If you're thinking about building a pool, Poolz can help! We offer a free service to help you select the best pool builder to create your dream pool. The Poolz team will hand-pick the right builders to quote your project - and rest assured, we only work with reputable builders who deliver great outcomes for homeowners.

Rhiannon Royall
Pool Builder Operations
I'm a pool enthusiast turned designer with 25 years of industry experience. Creating dream pools is my passion, and I'm thrilled to help builders and homeowners bring their visions to life through Poolz.
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