In most cases when you set up an appointment with pool contractors it is possible that you may not have already established the kind of swimming pool design that you are interested in. You may have already marked out the shape that you are looking for or you may still be in the process of deciding. Either way, this type of pool construction is going to change so many different things, including the value of your home. As you meet with the professionals, remember that each decision is important. You aren’t going to want to go through this process again, so make sure you get exactly what you want.

Initial Consultation: Most swimming pool designers start out with an initial consultation; here you can all sit down, look over the area you are discussing and then talk specifics. At this meeting you can talk about all the things that you would like to do. If you were considering a waterfall from the spa into the pool, mention it. If you want a-one-of-a kind swimming pool in your backyard, speak up. You can always take things away but sometimes it is difficult to add. Many people make a list before they even set up an appointment with any pool contractor. They sit outside alone, look at the area and imagine what they want. That way they have plenty to say at the consultation. They already have questions to ask and prices that need to be calculated. It can save you some time in the long run and avoid you settling for less that you really wanted.3

The Cost: This is perhaps one of the toughest parts of the process in swimming pool construction. Even as you look outside day after day and see a large hole being dug into your backyard, you will still remember the moment you first heard the price of your dream. Don’t panic and don’t let the fear show on your face. There are things that you can do to change that price and there are things you can negotiate on.

As you look over the estimate that the swimming pool contractor provided, think about the things that you can’t live without. Did you choose pebble finish pools, color plaster pools or perhaps added extra colors to the decking or the steps? As you look at each piece remember that some of the things you are paying more for are a real investment in the life of your pool. Some things, like Pebble Tec will make the pool last longer and make it more aesthetically pleasing. If you chose to have a pool that cleans itself that requires very little maintenance on your part you may be more likely to keep those expenses because you will save money in the long run and enjoy the backyard more.

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