Pool Smarts Part 4 – Common pool pitfalls and how to avoid them

June 29, 2015

Arm yourself with the knowledge to get it right the first time and avoid those common mistakes that can not only be time consuming but more importantly, very costly.

1. Building codes and state laws
Don’t cut corners.

Gary’s Tip: Do it right the first time and abide by the laws no matter what the cost. The fines or the expense to correct building issues can far outweigh what it would have cost to do it right the first time round.

2. Not getting a full understanding of your pool contract and warranty

Having a full understanding of your pool contract and warranty is vital to the successful completion of your project. Pool contracts and warranties can be deceptive if they are not read carefully. So don’t be afraid to ask questions. Save yourself from any nasty surprises especially when things don’t go to plan. Take the time to understand the details of what is included in the warranty and more importantly, what is NOT included in the warranty.

Gary’s Tip:
Ask for a blank copy of the pool warranty as part of the bid process. Sit down with the builder and have them explain each component of the Warranty. Ask who warranties the different parts of your pool and services each of the warranties.
Read the Warranty carefully with the builder and ask as many questions as you need. Ask what is not warranted and why. After you have seen a couple of warranties side by side, the questions will become much easier.

3. Focus on upfront costs rather than overall cost of ownership

Most pool buyers are concerned about the upfront price and rightly so. However, you also need to pay attention to the daily operational costs. Additional costs of required basic equipment can surprise some pool buyers. Equipment such as filter systems, steps or ladders, and skimmers for surface cleaning are considered essential. Before building, pool buyers should talk to their insurance agent to find out about any additional home owner coverage for the new pool.

Gary’s Tip:
There are a myriad of potential extra costs so do your research and do the numbers before you commit.

4. Choose a contractor based on cost-friendly factors

Failing to consider the maintenance cost of a pool after it is finished basically means condemning your pool to just an empty hole in the future. Therefore, it is better to hire a professional who offers high quality services at expensive rates than a contractor who charges less but uses low quality materials to build the pool; meaning high maintenance costs in the future.

Gary’s Tip:
It is advisable to choose a contractor based on the value of their service rather than the initial cost.

5. Thinking it will add extra value to your home

In some cases it can but don’t jump into building a pool and expect it to add value. You should build a pool because you are going to enjoy it. Remember, all home upgrades and renovations equate to what the current market demands are in your area.

Gary’s Tip
: Contact your local residential appraiser/real estate agent for information about the impact a pool will have on the value of your property.

6. Choosing the wrong natural stone

Think about the long term when choosing your pool or spa materials; make sure they complement your existing landscaping and design of your home. You want a modern look that doesn’t require upgrading in the near future. Choosing extra fancy colours and styles will date fast.

Gary’s Tip:
Choose classics such as Travertine or Sandstone to ensure your pool design will looking stunning for years to come.

7. Not sealing your natural stone

Many people forget to seal their natural stone or worse yet, choose not to because of the additional cost after building. Only when their natural stone begins to erode or discolour do they realise the importance of sealing and protecting their investment. It might be an additional cost up front however the cost of replacing damaged stone far outweighs the original cost to seal.

Gary’s Tip:
Check out the StoneTech® Professional range of sealers to seal your natural stone around your pool and outdoor spaces.

About the writer

Gary Bazzana
With over 17 years experience in the Natural Stone industry, Gary has been a member of the Sareen Stone team for over 6 years.
Gary has a wealth of experience in domestic, commercial and local government Landscaping and specifically swimming pool projects.

Gary can assist you with the selecting of your natural stone that’s 100% suitable for you pool or landscaping project.

Contact Gary today;
P: 02 9666 9222
M: 0433 532 183
E: [email protected]

 

 

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