The only thing all pond builders do the same when building a pond, is dig a hole, but pond building does not stop their.
Existing ponds that have been improperly built can be a consumer’s nightmare.
Those who have attempted to build their own pond have found the reality to be quite different from simply digging a hole and just dropping a liner in it. But thats how easy most people think building a pond is and that is true to a point.
When looking for a pond building company to build you a pond, you just have thought about why you want a pond in the first place. Once you know what you want you can start shopping around the internet to find a pond building contractor. If you are going to get multiple quote the it’s much easier to give the same information to each company. This way you will get an accurate apples for apples comparison. Instead of apples for oranges as most pond builders will all be different at all levels of experience and accolade. Giving the budget some thought as well will be good as this will help to stay on the same page as budding contractors. After these thoughts you will be closer to that pond you can live with or better yet one you have dreamed off, that is not only built properly but will last longer than a few of years.
Just remember anyone can build a pond. Your garden should not be a play ground for have a go Joe’s unless you don’t have the budget to put one in right first time. You may end up with a mess that needs sorting out which will cost a lot more in the long run.
Yes pond builders have to start somewhere and here at any pond we train off the job site (we are in fact putting in a bigger sand box. The quickest way to learn is by having a go and making mistakes.
If you want a pond to give you more pleasure than pain you need to practise somewhere first or find someone that has seen lots of situations but just remember their are a lot of have ago joes around ask to see their pond portfolio. If you want to build your own pond take your time and enjoy building and getting dirty. If you want a pond you can live with, meaning problem free then its going to take more than a single pond build to get the pond you want.
Every year we get many emails and telephone calls from pond owners needing help with a problem pond. These pond renovations calls and emails are sadly more than we get for new pond construction work.
We put this down to people wanting to have a go or thinking it’s not that hard to build a pond.
Most people think pond building is just a case of digging a hole, then lining the hole with something water proof, fill it with water, yes you do then have a pool of water in your garden, yes some people call these ponds. It’s the same as thinking it’s not hard to draw a picture.
We know people quickly learn by making mistakes but we want you to avoid this mistake. Its always cheaper in the long run to hire a pond building expert unless you are on a tight budget and enjoy being hands on. If this is a case you must have a lot of time to get it right and willing to re build stuff if needed. We all have to start somewhere. Just to let you know it does not have to be then you are a child as Mark was, but you do tend to have much more energy.
If you have a problem pond then we can help but sometimes it can be more expensive than building it from scratch. As it’s like building a new house we’re the old one was. You first have to knock down the old house and make sure the footings are correct.
Pond Building – The ASSESSMENT
The first way to get any help from a good pond company is to send them a picture of the pond. They will be able to hear your needs and give you ideas, some quick price options, worst case and best case scenario.
We get ask every day, can you just come out and fix the pond.
How are pond specialist like mechanics?
Well fixing an existing pond problem without an onsite assessment is like asking a mechanic to give you a diagnosis by describing the weird noise you can hear.
To fix your problem the mechanic needs to plug your car into a machine so they can read the problem codes before their know what the problem is and they can give you a fixed price to fix the problem.
These mechanics may or may not charge for the diagnostic, we will not charge if you can bring your pond in so we can plug it in to our machine. However most people can’t bring their pond into us so we have to charge a site visit like a mobile car mechanic would if they had to be called out on site.
The Any Pond Limited diagnostic machine is the years of experience and our continuing education. Every year we attend multiple seminars and symposiums that see us travel all over the place not just in the UK but overseas to learn and network with other global pond contractor’s.
Attending these events is very important to be able to correctly make customer assessments with the most up to date information.
We do answer questions via email exchanges and the telephone but our time is limited once we have have been out we can carry out the repair work or guide the client though the repair work as some of our clients enjoy work on their own creation.
While it’s very hard to give a price without a proper assessment on an existing pond, we can most of the time give you a guide price with a few images, but once you are booked in for a pond consultations or a pond assessment you get a whole lot more than just a price now the home owner is now educated and can now make intelligent choices.
When it comes to new construction quotes. We like to be given a budget but understand some people don’t have a budget in mind. So often before coming out for a design consultation we have a chat about what appeals to them. We then send out a few links to our portfolio images to look for something with in their price range.
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