Choosing the right pool builders is crucial if you want to save time and money (who doesn’t?!) and here’s how you separate the best from the rest.
So you’ve decided to install a swimming pool. Congratulations!
Your own pool unlocks endless hours of fun and relaxation whether you’re playing with the kids, kicking back with your partner, or enjoying some (much deserved) time to yourself. But when it comes to pool installation, who you choose can have serious ramifications.
No matter how cheap a pool builder claims to be, you shouldn’t make your choice on price alone.
Do they offer add-ons? Are they licensed and insured? Can they work with sloping blocks? Will they provide after-sales support?
With so many pool builders in Brisbane to choose from, these are the types of questions you’ll need answered before you pull the trigger. Making the smart choice comes down to doing your research – and we’ve rounded up all the info you need to know.
Read on to discover how to choose the best pool builder in Brisbane.
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What to look for when hiring a pool builder
First thing’s first, your pool builder must be fully licensed and legally able to work in Queensland.
In Queensland, all pool builders need to be licensed by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) to carry out any residential pool work. It doesn’t matter if you’re installing a small pool in an unused corner of your yard or a 25-metre lap pool, any job over $3,300 (including materials AND labour) must be performed by a licensed pro.
Your first step should be to see proof of all licences so you can be sure you’re dealing with an expert. From there, ask about their experience in the industry. Not every company has been in business for decades, but a new pool building business may not have the experience working with your soil, pool type or backyard gradient.
You can also get a feel for a pool builder’s quality by asking about any industry memberships or awards. These can act as strong trust signals because they mean your choice of installer is recognised in the industry for their work.
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Can they also help design your entire outdoor space?
Not every pool builder comes with landscaping experience… and that’s exactly why landscape designers/pool builders have an advantage. While many contractors can excavate your site or pour a concrete slab in preparation for a pool, how many can design your space to create a flowing, inviting place for you to unwind?
Will there be pool decking? What material will it be made of? Will you use plants to complement your new space? What varieties are suitable to your soil and climate? Will you require retaining walls? Will there be an integrated space for daybeds or a gazebo?
If the pool contractor you select can bring a detailed plan for your outdoor space, as well as on-time and on-budget pool installation, you’ll have an advantage over traditional pool builders.
Ask these questions before hiring a pool builder
Chances are you’ve searched for ‘Best Pool Builders in Brisbane’ on Google already. You might also have asked friends and family for recommendations. Or spent an hour (or six) checking out images of pools that inspire you.
It’s tempting to get straight into the process by booking the first company you find, but you’ll want to interview your potential options before you commit to signing a contract. With plenty of options in Brisbane to choose from, we’ve put together a list of questions to help you get a feel for the experience and professionalism of any given candidate.
- “What insurance coverage do you have?”
- “Who in the company holds the QBCC licence?”
- “Have you ever had a defect order or had your licence suspended?”
- “How many years have you been in the pool building industry?”
- “What references can I speak to from past jobs?”
- “Do you do the work or outsource to subcontractors?”
- “What warranties or guarantees do you offer on your work?”
- “Can you give me a quote in writing for the job as described?”
- “How long will it take to complete a new pool build?”
- “What safety precautions do you and your teams follow onsite?”
- “What suburbs around Brisbane do you service?”
- “What steps do you take to be environmentally conscious?”
Are all pool builders the same?
No, far from it.
Your new swimming pool is more than a hole filled with water. It’s an extension of your Brisbane home and of your style. Different pool builders specialise in different types of pools. Some may be experts in utilitarian, rectangular designs. Others may provide custom designs that flow and fit with your backyard space.
You’ll also need to decide whether you’re opting for a concrete or fibreglass pool as providers will typically specialise in one or the other. Although you can ask a potential pool builder about their style, a quicker and easier option is to browse through their project gallery.
Checking out the work they’ve done for other homeowners like you can help you imagine what your own pool will look like and provide you with the confidence you need to move forward with a consultation or quote.
Need a little design inspo? Check out our project gallery here
BONUS TIP: Request an on-site consultation
You’ve got a list of questions and all the tips you need to spot the average pool construction companies from the experts, but there’s one more trick you can use to protect your investment.
Request an on-site consultation.
All reputable pool companies will quote you AFTER they’ve been to your property and assessed your space. The price of a new pool can vary based on factors like size, complexity of installation, soil type and any excavation work required. Without seeing your property first-hand, no pool company worth its salt will quote you a price.
Although accepting a blind quote can feel like a steal when the price is too good to resist, there may be add-ons you aren’t aware of. If a contractor hasn’t seen your site, don’t accept a quote (no matter how good it looks).
Why not put us to the test? Request an on-site consultation and we’ll deliver a custom, obligation-free quote.
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Trust Brizscapes for an affordable pool that enhances your quality of life
Choosing the right pool contractor can help you save serious time, money and hassle – just as making the wrong choice can leave you with serious buyer’s remorse.
With the strategies in this guide, you’ll be able to put every potential contractor to the test to make sure they meet the high standards of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission AND your high standards too.
We understand you’re comparing your options (hey, we’d do the same), so why not put Brizscapes to the test? Our highly experienced and award-winning team are on standby to help you achieve your dream pool design and build without putting your space at risk or breaking the bank.
We’re well known throughout Queensland and the Brisbane community for having an honest and reliable team that gets the job done with minimal fuss, so reach out today on 0439 532 152 or request a 100% obligation-free quote online today!