When shopping around for a koi pond in Oklahoma, whether your building it yourself or hiring a contractor, you may run into some unfamiliar territory. After thinking long an hard about mistakes of Oklahoma koi pond shoppers, we have come up with our top two biggest mistakes that koi pond shoppers make.
Basing Decisions On Price Alone
Sure, lower prices are a BIG draw for many Oklahoma koi pond shoppers, but as with everything; you get what you pay for. Let’s say you are shopping around for a pump for your Oklahoma koi pond, the $149.00 pump sure looks a lot better to your wallet than the $1200.00 pump. However, what you really need to consider is the quality of the product, warranties, design & function, and also look at reviews of the product. This can also be said for koi pond contractors. What you are paying for when hiring an Oklahoma koi pond contractor is experience.
How To Avoid This Mistake
Do your research! If your looking for product, make sure you look at all the reviews; good and bad, try not to base your decision on price alone. If you’re hiring a contractor make sure you also look for any reviews of the company and make sure to see their previous work; that they build ponds day in and day out. It would be even better if you can go to one of their installed Oklahoma koi ponds. Or see if you can visit a few to get an idea of what you like, and what you don’t like. This will also give you a better look at the ‘pond lifestyle‘ your Oklahoma Koi Pond Contractor can provide.
Not Using A Certified Aquascape Contractor
Almost any Oklahoma landscaping company will tell you that they can build a pond or water feature. They may be able to build them, but again, it’s quality that is truly important here. If a landscaping company tells you they could build an 8×11 pond for $3500.00, you’ll want to do more research. We’ve seen the lower the price of a koi pond or other water feature, the lower the quality of the pond and the new koi pond owner also tends to have a lower level of happiness with their new pond.
How To Avoid This Mistake
Make sure your Oklahoma koi pond contractor is a Certified Aquascape Contractor. Certified Aquascape Contractors know exactly how to install and maintain koi ponds. They go through hands on training and learn everything it takes to build a quality ecosystem pond. Better yet…Certified Aquascape Contractors never stop learning! They attend a week of continuing education every year…but more importantly, every new pond built is taken as an opportunity to learn something new, because no two ponds are alike!
Other Things To Consider
With today's internet resources just about anything is at your finger tips. With that being said, make sure the pictures on your contractors website are something they built themselves. Each and every year we go through the internet and find our projects on other local landscape contractors websites. This really pisses us off but then again we should take it as a complement. So, make sure your contractor can do what he says he can do!
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Tim Trammell has been building, designing, servicing and maintaining pond in the Oklahoma City Metro area for over 20 years. His company Continental Ponds, is Oklahoma's first Master Certified Aquascape Contractor and is an national award winning pond and water feature builder.