Swimming Pools can be a huge financial investment, and like any investment you want to make sure you are putting your money in the right place.
On almost all occasions, pool construction companies will require a deposit upfront (approx. 20%), to cover initial material cost and labour. Further charges will happen incrementally, with the balance paid on completion
This means that you will have to pay approximately 20% before any work is initiated. If the company that you decide to work with goes bankrupt during this time, you will not be able to get this money back.
This leaves you in the unenviable position of having to organise a new construction company, with the added stress of being out of pocket.
Eagle Leisure are a small local business, mainly working across the central belt, and through out the rest of Scotland. We would love to be able to help build every pool, but it often isn’t feasible for us or the customer. That being said we want to make sure that in every case you work with a reputable company who is an likelihood going to be trading throughout the construction, and after to ensure your warranty is carried.
What should you look for in a pool construction company?
Check their financial solvency. We can’t stress this one enough! It is the single most important thing when looking at building a swimming pool. If you pay a deposit and a limited company declares bankruptcy, you will not get this money back. Irrespective of how much (or little) work has been done. It’s easy to check a registered companies financial situation by using Company Check. Check this before committing to the company you choose to ensure they are likely to be around to complete the pool.
Check their trading history. Have they changed their names? If the company closes or registered bankrupt and opens the next day under another name/director they are not legally liable to continue your work or hold your warranties, or to finish your build.
SPATA Registered. SPATA is the trade association that represent Swimming Pool companies UK wide. Make sure the company is registered with them to ensure a safe and efficient installation by experienced technicians.
Referrals. If you know someone that has a pool, great! Ask them for advice on how they found the process with the company they choose. Also asking for pictures/case studies of previous work is a good way to learn about a companies previous building experience. If you don’t know anyone with a Pool you could check online reviews (although remember people share negative experiences more freely than positive).
Look for official dealers. Many pool constructions can be built by builders alongside the help of pool construction companies. But in the case of one-piece pools (eg. Niveko or Starline) you want to deal with a direct contact of the supplier to ensure they hold the proper training for a professional construction.
Meet them at your premises or at their showroom. This allows you to get an understanding of the business, and also personally meet the project manager to get a feel for their experience and personality. The construction process may be lengthy and you want to know that you will be compatible with the team you are working with.
Value honesty; integrity and professionalism. Like all complex construction jobs, things can go wrong with pool constructions, especially if you are relying on multiple trades to work together on one project. You need to know that the company you employ will word tirelessly to ensure you have a finished pool that is safe and as you wanted it.