Before You Build a Pool

Avoid these 7 mistakes and find the best pool builder for you

Avoid getting ripped off
Know the questions to ask
Find the right pool builder
Avoid these 7 pool building mistakes
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We've helped over 2,500 Australians to find the best pool builders. Whether you're researching pools or choosing a pool builder, make sure you avoid these 7 mistakes.

Waiting for pool prices to drop

I'm sorry to say, but waiting for a significant drop in pool building costs is wishful thinking. The Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows (see the graph) that prices only ever go in one direction - what varies is the rate of price increases. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated this trend. The fact is, pool prices rarely decrease; they tend to follow an upward trajectory over time.

So, if you're contemplating building a pool, the best time to start is now. Taking the plunge ensures you secure the most competitive pricing available.
Pool building costs increase every year inline with general construction and building costs.
It is always recommended to get more than one quote to compare, especially with a big investment like a pool

Not getting multiple quotes

I'm not just plugging our free service here - I'm sure you get multiple quotes for most big purchases, so why should a pool be any different.

By gathering quotes from different companies, you gain valuable insights into pricing, allowing you to make an informed decision. Beyond cost considerations, multiple quotes help you assess the quality of work and the value each pool builder offers.

Once you shortlist your favourite pool builders, I highly recommend you read our free Risk Management Checklist and follow the recommendations to build your dream pool with greater peace of mind.

Saving money in the wrong places

I strongly recommend you be wary of opting for the cheapest quote without considering these critical factors.

Standard costs in the industry: Most pool builders use sub-contractors for tasks like excavation, concreting and tiling. Consequently, the costs are fairly standard across the industry. If a quote is substantially cheaper, it may indicate compromises in crucial areas.
Cheaper usually comes at a cost: If one quote is drastically cheaper than the rest, there's usually a catch. Quality and reliability come with a certain price tag. Builders offering remarkably low prices may compromise on materials or workmanship.
Considering long-term costs: A pool is a long-term investment and opting for a cut-rate pool upfront may lead to higher maintenance and repair expenses over time.
Protecting your home's value: You home is your biggest asset. Installing a subpar-quality pool can diminish your property's overall worth and visual appeal.
Smart savings strategies: There are smart ways to saving without sacrificing on quality or aesthetics. Explore options like using your boundary fence on one or two sides of your pool instead of pool fencing, going with more softscaping over hardscaping and locating free local tip sites for excavation waste.

Our top cost-saving tips are detailed in this free download, Building Your Dream Pool: The Ultimate Cost-Saving Handbook.
The type of pool you get has bit impacts on the costs and pool building project.
Ask the tough questions to pool builders

Not asking the right questions

Knowledge is your most potent tool when dealing with pool builders. Shonky pool builders are less likely to take advantage of a homeowner who is well-informed.

Empower yourself by asking the right questions and independently verifying information. Various resources are available to help you validate what pool salespeople tell you. If you can't find the answers online, don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance.

Our free Pool Buyers Checklist covers everything you need to discuss with your pool builder.

Not using a contract with fair progress payments

There is a very easy way to avoid becoming the star of a TV horror story where you're left out of pocket and without a swimming pool (a quick google search will reveal how many people have made this mistake, here are recent examples in Melbourne and Sydney).

Simply ensure your pool building contract includes staged progress payments. This arrangement allows you to retain control over your finances and the project outcome. With each completed milestone, your pool builder will seek your approval for payment. By following this approach, you only pay for work that has been satisfactorily completed and shouldn't find yourself starring on Today Tonight.
Ensure you get a pool building contact that has progress payments so you don't get caught out of pocket.
Get a good understanding of the 'extra costs' for pool building

Not understanding the 'extra' costs of different pool types

Many assume that prefabricated pools (e.g. fibreglass pools or prefab concrete pools) are the most cost-effective option. Unfortunately, it's not that simple.

Limited access, a large crane lift and pouring a concrete foundation can quickly make a prefab pool the same price, or even more expensive than a comparable custom concrete pool.

Additionally, the days of fibreglass pools being considerably cheaper than concrete are over. Increased materials, manufacturing and transport costs mean that fibreglass pool pricing is basically the same as a comparable custom concrete pool.

To make an informed decision and build the pool of your dreams, it's critical to understand all the costs associated with different pool types. To start, I suggest you first understand what pool types will suit your family and property using our free download, The Poolz Matrix.

Not understanding all the options & when to get them

Pools can have loads of optional extras. Some must be added during the initial construction phase to avoid additional costs, while others can be incorporated later without penalty. The availability of extras can also vary based on the type of pool you choose.

Not all pool builders explain these options clearly, which can cause an inflated pool building cost, when in fact, some costs could easily have been delayed until after the pool is built.

To ensure you're well-informed about what to include and when, we recommend downloading a free copy of the Pool Options Pricing Guide available on our website.
Understanding the options for pool building will ensure you know what needs to be included when you build and what can be done later.
Building Your Dream Pool: The Ultimate Cost Saving Handbook

Read the warranty fine print

Pool salespeople will often use their warranty as a major selling point, particularly when it's a Lifetime or 25 Year Warranty.

I highly recommend you take the time to read the warranty document, paying particular attention the actions required by the homeowner to keep the warranty valid.

For example, some pool warranties require that homeowners keep a log book of water chemistry testing performed by a professional every month for the warranty to be enforceable.  

If you are concerned your warranty may not be worth the paper it's written on, feel free to send us a copy and we'll let you know how it stacks up.
Poolz's network of builders is outstanding. They connected me with a highly skilled team who have been amazing to deal with. So much better than the last pool we built 10 years ago which was a disaster due to selecting the wrong builder.
William Phillips
I thought getting a new pool would be a minefield, getting 3 quotes from Poolz meant I could actually compare apples for apples. We ended up going with a concrete pool for less than a fibreglass.
Phil Orhen
Poolz exceeded my expectations! Their pool builder selection was top-notch, and the personalised guidance throughout the process made me feel confident and supported.
Emma Johnson
Thanks to Poolz, I found a pool builder who perfectly captured our vision. From design to construction, the entire experience was seamless and stress-free.
Liam Anderson
Poolz's platform saved me time and energy. Within days, I received quotes from experienced builders and have now selected one to build our family pool. We are all very excited for summer!
Ava Davis
Using the Poolz website to get quotes from pool builders was a game-changer. Their pool builder recommendations were spot-on, and the project was completed with utmost professionalism and attention to detail.
Mia Harris
Moreton Bay

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From scope to splash, Poolz is your Guru! We provide you with timely help and guidance during every step of your pool journey so you remain well informed and you know what to do and what to expect.

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Our friendly Australian customer service team is available to answer all your pool questions and help you deal with any challenges. From start to finish, we are always in your corner.

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Frequently asked questions

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How does the Poolz service work?
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How does the Poolz service work?
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Feel free to read our How it works page for more detail, but in summary, we make finding the best pool builder for your project a breeze. Our service works in three simple steps:

  1. Get Quotes: Tell us about your pool project by providing some basic details, such as your location, preferred pool type, and any specific requirements you have.
  2. Match: We'll match you with top-rated pool builders in your area who are best suited to your needs. They'll provide you with detailed quotes and proposals for your project, giving you the opportunity to compare and choose the best option.
  3. Select & Build: Once you've selected a pool builder, you work with the builder directly. They'll guide you through the construction process, ensuring your dream pool becomes a reality.

With Poolz, finding and connecting with the right pool builder has never been easier. Get started today and let us help you create the perfect swimming pool experience.

How long will it take to get quotes?
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How long will it take to get quotes?
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We understand the importance of timely responses, and we strive to provide you with quotes as quickly as possible. Generally, you can expect to be matched with the best local pool professionals within 1-3 business days after completing the GET QUOTES form on our site.

Some pool professionals will provide you with an indicative quote right away, whereas others will want to do a site visit before providing you with a quote. Please note, any quote you get without a site visit will be an estimate only.

In order to get accurate quotes, you will need to invite the pool pro's to your house to inspect your site and discuss your pool in more detail. Once this has happened, you will get get accurate quotes you can rely on. The time this takes depends on how long it takes for the site visit to be organised. 

If you have any concerns or need further assistance, our customer support team is here to help.

Are the quotes free?
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Are the quotes free?
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Absolutely! Obtaining quotes through Poolz is completely free for homeowners. Finding a great local pool builder is hard, so our goal is to make your life easier by connecting you with reputable pool builders who can provide competitive and accurate quotes for your project.

You can explore different options, compare quotes, and make informed decisions about building your dream pool without incurring any charges from Poolz. We're here to simplify the process and ensure you have access to the information you need to make the best choice for your pool project.

Why do you need so much information to match me?
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Why do you need so much information to match me?
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No two pools are the same, so we need to know a little about you and the location you plan to build in order to help you.

The pool build location

We ask for your address for the following reasons:

  • we want to match you with the best local pool builders
  • your property, pool positioning and soil conditions have a big impact on pricing and vary on every pool
  • pricing varies in different areas.

When you provide your address, we are able to assist you far more effectively and provide you with more accurate information.

Your personal details

Whilst Poolz gives you an instant price estimate, in order to get an accurate quote from a local builder, they need to get in touch with you to arrange a site inspection. Every pool build location is different and there isn’t a single pool builder who will provide an accurate quote without seeing your property.

With your permission, we share the information you’ve provided with the matched pool professionals to help kick-start your project quickly.

The pool details

Pools come in various shapes, sizes, and designs, and the pricing can vary significantly. By understanding your pool preferences and specific requirements, we can match you with builders who specialise in building the type of pool you desire. This ensures that you receive accurate quotes from builders who can bring your vision to life.

All the information we ask from you is necessary and helps to ensure we provide you with the best possible outcome. We don’t ask anything a pool builder won’t ask if you went directly to them. Rest assured that the information you provide is securely handled and used solely for the purpose of delivering the best pool-building experience for you.

Will my personal details be visible to everyone?
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Will my personal details be visible to everyone?
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No! Rest assured, we prioritise your privacy and the security of your personal information. Your personal details, such as your name, address, and contact information, will only be visible to the three matched pool builders who will be providing you with quotes, as well as the in-house Poolz support team. 

We have implemented strict data protection measures to ensure that your information is handled securely and confidentially. At Poolz, we respect your privacy and take all necessary precautions to safeguard your personal details throughout the quote process. Your information is shared only with those directly involved in assisting you with your pool project.

Does Poolz work with pool professionals nationwide?
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Does Poolz work with pool professionals nationwide?
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Yes, Poolz works with pool professionals throughout Australia. We have a wide network of reputable and qualified pool builders and professionals. Whether you're located in a bustling city or a regional area, we strive to connect you with the best pool builders in your area who can cater to your specific needs and requirements.

How do I know if the Pro's Poolz recommends are any good?
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How do I know if the Pro's Poolz recommends are any good?
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Poolz is committed to only working with pool building professionals who offer a quality product at a fair price with great customer service. We are local and have relationships with all our pool professionals and ensure that they meet our standards for quality and customer service.

How does poolz provide a real-time pool price estimate?
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How does poolz provide a real-time pool price estimate?
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The Poolz team has decades of pool building experience which enables us to provide you with a real-time price estimate for your dream swimming pool. 

Simply use the GET QUOTES form to see what your pool is likely to cost before moving forward to get quotes from the best local pool building professionals we match you with.

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