Well, you may not have noticed, but that slightly cooler temperature outside means one thing is for sure- Fall is on its way! What does that mean in the pool business? It means the time is perfect to start getting serious about building that pool you've been dreaming of all season!
Look, we've all been there. The Texas summer is blazing outside, but you're stuck inside, a slave to your air conditioning. You've tried going outside, but no matter what you do, you just can't get cool. Sprinklers aren't doing the trick, and your dog is pretty sure that the kiddie pool you put out in the yard is just a large food bowl waiting to be filled. Then the phone rings and the voice on the other end says the words you've been waiting all summer to hear, "Hey, you want to come over and go swimming in our pool?"
There is nothing more refreshing than jumping into your very own swimming pool. Seriously. Well, maybe jumping into your own pool, and then being handed a cold drink when you resurface. That might be slightly more refreshing, but I'm not one to nitpick. We've talked a lot about the steps in building a pool, things to consider when you're wanting a pool, and how to take care of your pool once we've built it. However, we've yet to discuss the right time to contact your chosen builder.
Building a pool is a big decision- both financially and chronologically. Building a pool is a costly venture that often times takes anywhere from eight to twelve weeks, or longer depending on the scale of the project. As with any construction project, completion times can vary based on availability of supplies, weather conditions, last-minute changes to designs, etc., as well as the availability of the builder's crews. At Natural Stone Pools, we try not to overextend our crews, because we care about the quality of the work that we do, and sometimes this can also affect commencement and completion times. We have a policy here that we do not take on jobs that we cannot complete in a timely manner, and a huge part of that depends on the time of year you hire us.
Wait. What? The pool industry has seasons?
Absolutely. Just like with any industry, the pool business has it's slow and busy seasons. The BEST time to contact a pool builder is the fall and early winter (yes, the season we are in right now!). Starting your build before the end of the calendar year ensures that you will be enjoying it by Spring and early Summer. Don't make the same mistake that a lot of people make and wait until Spring to contact a pool builder. January and February are considered the start of the "rush" season, and by March, most builders are buried in work. Waiting too long will ensure that a) you may not get the builder you want (and this is hugely important, as pool designers are more than crew foremen, they are artists and each one is different) and b) the builder you do get may already be spread too thin, and the quality of the work may suffer. The last thing you want to do is spend tens of thousands of dollars building a pool only to have to have it rebuilt a year or two down the road due to problems in the construction of the pool.
So if you want a pool, and you want it done right, think about it like this- build your pool during the time of year you least want to swim in it. October through December is the best time to contact a builder, and having as much accurate information as you can about your property (drainage, septic systems, property slope & lines, gas and water lines, etc.) will help move the process along. Ideally, you want to start your build by January, so you can be poolside by April, and any and all issues that can arise from new construction is handled well before the temperature starts rising. Following this loose time-table will ensure that when the temperature hits 100, you and your family can be the ones inviting friends over for a refreshing dip in the pool!