How to Navigate the Contract Process with a Pool Builder

How to Navigate the Contract Process with a Pool Builder

You’ve done your research and found two or three pool builders with the experience and references necessary to build your dream pool. You’re ready to pick one.

A reputable pool builder will take you through a step-by-step contract process. In this article, we look at how to navigate the contract process with a pool builder. It should include all of the following activities.

Your Opinions

Your builder should consult with you to determine what you want regarding:

  • How you will use your pool
  • Your preferences in design
  • To educate you about feature and benefit options that are available

The builder should use the information gathered, combined with specific information about your backyard space to do both a design and cost estimate.

The Measurements

Your pool builder should measure your yard accurately. The builder should conduct a site survey to determine the best access into the yard.

The “net” size of the yard (after factoring in all existing obstacles such as existing landscaping, fencing, A/C units, fireplace bump outs, etc.) determines the size of excavation equipment that can be used. The builder will also assess how much existing fencing (if present) must be removed and replaced.

The Scale Drawings

Your pool builder should design a detailed and scaled drawing of the pool and any other items related to the installation.

This process is not complete until you are 100% satisfied with the plan. It may require a few revisions to get to that point.

While it is really at the discretion of the builder, you should not expect these drawings to be left with you for other, less talented designers to copy. This is the builder’s work product, and it is not a standard practice to leave it behind.

When a decision is made, and the final plan is prepared, you are entitled to a complete set of copies soon after the contract signing, and verification process is completed.

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The Written Contract

Your pool builder should produce a written contract that defines all of the features included in the project. This document should define the responsibilities of both the contractor and you as the homeowner. A typical proposal should include the following information:

  • Pool lengths, widths and depths.
  • Materials for the interior finish (liner pattern or shell color), any water features, rock materials, etc.
  • Type and amount of decking
  • Utility runs and hook-ups as applicable (electric / gas)
  • Installed equipment (Pumps, Filter, Heater, Controller, Etc.)
  • Cleaning system
  • Water sanitation system
  • Homeowner responsibilities
  • Contact information, which includes project managers, project coordinators and office personnel (mobile numbers and email contact)
  • Warranty information

Final Thoughts

Each of the tasks noted above gives you a clear picture of what the pool project will cost and how to complete the project effectively.

If a pool builder skips any of these basic requirements, you have good reason to be concerned about the accuracy of the estimate and the true final cost.

Take caution with any builder who gives you a piece of paper with a price written on it or a “bid” that is not specific. Remember, a substantially lower bid might indicate a mistake or lack of knowledge or experience. A bid that is “too good to be true” may cost you in the long run.

Arvidson Pools & Spas brings more than 60 years of design and construction expertise to every project. We never forget that our family name is attached to every one of our pools for many years after our job is done. 

We’ve prepared a Pool Buying Guide that provides a comprehensive outline of all aspects of the pool building process.  We invite you to download this guide here and welcome the opportunity to discuss any and all of your questions or concerns.  When the time comes for you to make your backyard dreams a reality, we hope you allow us to put our experience to work for you.

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Join us for Pool School

Getting ready to open your pool? Come to Arvidson’s Pool School and learn how to do it right!

Join us for Pool School April 27, at 10 am, at our Crystal Lake Store!

  • Learn how to balance your water and have a crystal clear pool all summer long.
  • Experience a live demonstration on our outdoor pools.
  • BioGuard expert, Alicia Stephens, head of Education and Training will be on hand to share her knowledge about water chemistry. Did you have issues last year? She can tackle your most challenging questions!
  • Save 20% on all BioGuard pool chemicals purchased this day.
  • Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast.

Call us at 815-459-0660 to reserve your spot today!

Saturday, ​April 27 ​at ​10 ​am​
Crystal ​Lake​ Store, 3209 S. IL Route 31

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Spring is Here - Time to Revive Your Pool and Hot Tub

Spring is Here – Time to Revive Your Pool and Hot Tub

Spring has finally arrived, and even though the temperatures are still brisk, the tell-tale signs of warmer weather have already begun to appear.  Now is the perfect time to get an action plan in place so that your backyard pool or hot tub will be ready for action once the earth finally thaws.

Here are a few suggestions to help you get started … and save money:


  • Check out the “5 Easy Steps for Opening Your Pool” video above.
  • Stock up on pool chemicals now with special Early Buy savings.
  • Ask an Arvidson team member how you can qualify for a $20 True Blu rebate from BioGuard this year.
  • Attend our annual Pool School on Saturday, April 27 at 10 am, at our Crystal Lake store.
  • Take advantage of our Pool Opening services. Save 5% when you schedule your pool opening in April.

Hot Tub

  • Check out this blog with tips on getting your hot tub ready for spring soaking.
  • Review this 5-point cover checklist to determine if your cover needs replacing. If so, order before April 30 to save $100 on a Cash & Carry hot tub replacement cover.
  • Schedule a Drain, Clean & Refill service before April 15 and save $25, plus get a free Silver Ion Cartridge.
  • Need chemicals? Save 15% on spa chemicals through April 30.
  • If you need to replace any cartridge filters, take advantage of April savings – 15% off through the end of April at Arvidson Pools & Spas.


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