Expert Pool Work, Inc.

providing expert pool work since 1999

(402) 341-8132

The lowest pool bid does not guarantee the lowest finished cost


Expert Pool Work, Inc. offers repairs and related pool pool work in Omaha and the surrounding areas. We provide free onsite consultation; after we meet with you, we will submit our bid.

A professional pool bid will - or at least should - contain at least these 3 inclusions:

Our bids contain all of the data and numbers for you to make an informed decision. We, of course, hope you ultimately decide to hire us.

While I pride myself on being a Registered Contractor with the State of Nebraska and the owner of one of the most well-known and reputable pool repair companies in town, it is safe to say that I am not the best salesperson in town. The main reason is that I simply will not always be able to tell you what you want to hear. But, I will always tell you what you need to hear (and this will be verified within the written bid). I tend to think this would make me a great salesperson, but it does not always translate to sales and jobs.

The unfortunate truth is that too many pool companies practice unethical bidding practices when they are selling themselves to repair your pool. They will literally tell you what you want to hear and ultimately promise the world to you; they rarely - and almost never - keep those promises. What is even more unfortunate is that many of these pool companies will also secure sales – and more importantly, their prized and often much-needed upfront down-payment money – with the “lowest bid” approach. I am certainly not telling you to red-flag and disqualify every lowest priced bid, because I too have submitted what ultimately was the lowest bid. What I am telling you is to do your homework when you are considering the lowest bid.

Too many pool owners too many times have encountered two primary problems when accepting the lowest bid:

Excuses, delays, and pre-planned change orders are not fair to you, but they are often the result of accepting the lowest bid...which often become the fair-market price (if not a higher price) than the other original bids. I am not going to name names and point fingers; it is ultimately up to you to do your homework.

I will give you an example, though:

I bid a fairly significant residential pool repair and I was told that we would not be doing the work because the bid that I submitted was literally over $8,000.00 higher than her other bid; she had 2 bids, mine and another. Knowing that my bid was at fair market value, I urged her, for her own good, to get another bid - a 3rd bid - to see where that bid was priced in relation to the two prices she had, but she had no interest in me or my advice; in fact, she was not shy in telling me how she felt about me. Here, the 3rd bid would have been a great indicator of fair market value. She chose the lower - the much lower - bid. Then, I apologetically heard from her later that Summer. Her job was not even close to completion AND the job was now going to cost even higher than what I had originally bid. Because of the amount of the down-payment and first phased payment that she had already paid the pool company, she had no choice but to stay with them. The project literally lingered through the entire Summer, cost more than it should have cost, and showed no pride of workmanship.

This happens way more often than you might think.

Do your homework. Also, don’t just meet the owner or salesperson; meet the contractor and/or jobsite foreman. What is nice about having us bid your project is that when you meet me, you will meet the owner, salesperson, registered contractor in Nebraska, project coordinator and jobsite foreman.


In terms of paying for pool repairs, here is some free advice: if a pool company needs a down-payment from you to repair your pool, think twice; you shouldn't have to fund and bankroll their business operations. When you hire us to repair your pool, you will only pay once we meet pre-determined phases. This is fair to us and you; it is fair to us because we are getting paid for the services that we did render and it is fair to you because you are only paying for what was already completed. We never require a down-payment. 


You can contact Expert Pool Work, Inc. at 402-341-8132 or info@expertpoolwork.com to discuss your pool needs.

 

 

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