Should I Hire the Same Landscape and Pool Company?
April 13, 2017
Should you hire the same landscape and pool company? It’s a common question, and a fair one.
Conventional wisdom might say, I want a company that specializes in pools, that’s all they do, they’re the experts, they have more experience, etc. There is some merit to that thinking.
On the other hand, you might think, if I hire the same company I’ll get a better deal because I’m buying everything from the same company. That could also be true.
We look at it from the overall experience of the homeowner and the desired outcome: quality work, finishing on schedule and on budget with minimal inconvenience to the homeowner.
As a landscape contractor in Phoenix for over 15 years, we’ve seen it done in different ways, with mixed results. In our experience, here are the things you should consider as a homeowner looking to hire a landscape and pool and spa company.
Design and Construction
Your pool is one part of your overall landscape design, and there are parts of your project that need to work together—not compete with one another. That means the level of your pool, nearby features or structures and the overall landscape aesthetic.
A separate pool company is also going to protect their interest, which means they are usually going to build it high. When the landscape contractor comes in afterwards, they’re going to have to build everything else around the pool high as well, an extra cost to the homeowner.
Other benefits are planning your electrical and gas run for BBQs, fire pits and heaters, having your ramada included under the permit pulled for your pool, and utilizing usable soil from the pool dig for grading and contouring of the landscape area.
All of these can potentially save you money and time, while also avoiding multiple plumbers and electricians working on different parts of the project.
Materials and Craftsmanship
When you’re investing in your landscape, you should expect consistent quality of materials and craftsmanship throughout your project. When you hire two separate companies this can become a problem.
For example, a separate pool company will often subcontract coping and masonry work around the pool. The landscape company coming in afterwards will need to then match both the materials used and the quality of craftsmanship.
If the pool company hires a second-rate mason, the work your landscape contractor does is going to make the pool guy’s work look bad. Likewise, if they use poor quality coping, you’ll be forced to sacrifice the quality of your decking—or see different materials in the final product.
When you’re investing in a pool and landscape, you don’t want to see a difference.
Communication and Timeline
As a homeowner in the middle of a landscape project, you want to be communicating with one person who is in charge of the project. There are often questions, sometimes problems, and always communication that happens throughout the project. You don’t want to be the middleman between the pool and landscape companies.
Hiring one company you’ll have the advantage of having one person in charge of the entire project, one person to call and no passing the buck.
One Company, One Design, One Project
Each of these are problems we’ve seen when our customers have hired a separate pool company. That’s why we always recommend the same team to design and construct your entire project.
When you hire the same landscape and pool company, you’re going to get a professional design that takes your entire project into consideration, smooth communication, and a consistent level of materials and craftsmanship throughout construction.
What if My Budget Doesn’t Allow?
If your budget only allows for one piece at a time, it’s better to get your overall design completed, then tackle the individual pieces one by one as your budget allows. This ensures everything is considered in your design and your entire landscape works together seamlessly.
What if I Still Want to Hire Two Companies?
If you prefer hiring separate companies, you want to be sure your pool builder and landscape contractor have a good working relationship with open lines of communication. Also be sure there is one person in charge of running the entire project. Here are a few questions you can ask:
- Have you worked with this pool builder/landscape contractor before?
- Who will be in charge of the overall project?
- Who do I speak with if there are any questions or problems?
How We Do it at Straight Line Landscape
At Straight Line Landscape we’ve worked with a lot of pool builders in Phoenix, and we’re very particular with who we bring to our clients’ homes. Our preferred builder is Legacy Pools, who we have a great working relationship with. That means open communication, clear expectations and understanding our quality standard.
Think of it this way: we’ve vetted a lot of pool companies in Phoenix so you don’t have to. What you know is that you’ll get the Straight Line quality standard and you won’t have to worry about whether your pool is going to work with the rest of your landscape—or if your pool guy hanging you out to dry.