Swimming pool construction Portland Oregon 4

When research­ing which pool con­trac­tor to hire for your all-important pool project, here’s one ques­tion many peo­ple don’t ask…. and it makes a huge dif­fer­ence in how your project goes..

Will you do the work in house or use sub-contractors?

Here’s why to steer clear of com­pa­nies that use sub-contractors.

1. Subs can cause major hic­cups in sched­ul­ing. When your pool builder is depen­dent on some­one else to do a cer­tain piece of the job, and that sub-contractor gets a call for a job that is more “lucrative,”where do you think the sub is going to go?  Prob­a­bly not to your job site. This has the poten­tial of throw­ing your entire project way behind schedule.

2. Your rela­tion­ship is with your pool con­trac­tor.  The sub-contractor doesn’t know you, your pref­er­ences, your sched­ule, your “must haves”, etc.  That means there is a lot of poten­tial float­ing around for mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tions. (Yes, the pun was intentional.)

3. It’s a lot harder to get answers. Your chance at a quick response time for sud­den changes, needs, con­cerns, etc. go away pretty quickly when a sub-contractor is used.  Again, every­thing depends on other jobs they have going on.  It’s that “rela­tion­ship” thing again.

4. A pool builder’s abil­ity to use subs suc­cess­fully is all about THEIR rela­tion­ships. And it’s pretty much impos­si­ble to deter­mine how strong a contractor’s rela­tion­ships are with subs.  That’s tak­ing a pretty big chance.  When you choose your con­trac­tor, you review their ref­er­ences, you look at prior projects, you ask all the right ques­tions (link to pre­vi­ous blog on ques­tions) and you go with your gut about whether or not this is a per­son you want to spend the next few months with—and that’s good.

But you don’t get an oppor­tu­nity to inter­view the subs. And then there is the poten­tial for con­flict and fin­ger point­ing. Yikes and dou­ble yikes. If some­thing doesn’t go well and the final qual­ity isn’t what it should be, the con­trac­tor could pos­si­bly ditch account­abil­ity and point a fin­ger at the sub. Ugh. You, the cus­tomer, get caught in the mid­dle and your project gets delayed… or worse.  What a mess!

When you work with our team Pacific NW Pools, you get con­struc­tion pros with more than 40 years of pool con­struc­tion and remod­el­ing expe­ri­ence. And we do all the work our­selves… We take the time to edu­cate you, cus­tom design your project for your needs and deliver an out­stand­ing job, on time and on budget.

As always, give us a call if you have any questions.

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