Finding A Professional Swimming Pool Contractor
Now that you have made the decision to have endless fun and create lasting memories with your family and friends by having your own swimming pool in your backyard, the next thing you have to do is to find a professional, legitimate, fit in your budget contractor that could give you the swimming pool of your dream.
To be unsure of which contractor to hire is perfectly understandable. After all, it is a major undertaking and an expensive investment. Choosing the wrong contractor could cost you headache and financial setbacks so it is recommended that you take your time in finding the best builder for your custom pool. Fortunately, the list below could help you find the right contractor.
Check the contractor’s credentials
This is the first step into finding a swimming pool contractor because this will tell you a lot if they are the perfect fit for you. You could do your research online or you could go visit their office or talk to a representative.
Find out how long they have been in business, how many customers they had in the past, if they have experience building customized swimming pool (if this is what you require), who would be in charge of the construction, whether they are licensed and certified, etc. If you do not have the time to visit possible contractors in person during their office hours, do your own research and Visit Pool and Spa expo page to learn more.
Check customers’ reviews
One of the things that would hopefully give you an unbiased opinion on the contractor is the customers’ reviews. Hearing (or reading) about these past clients’ experiences would give you a fair idea on how the contractors work and whether they were able to deliver.
Keep in mind though that there is a possibility that not all that you hear or read about is legitimate and accurate. Just keep an open mind while reviewing these comments and if your gut tells you, it is too good to be true, you are probably reading the review of a paid troll. Fortunately, there are still customers who wholeheartedly share their experiences with certain contractors to guide you in your decision.
Check about insurance
Legitimate and professional contractors are insured because they know that mishaps during every construction/project could happen. When you ask a contractor about which insurance company you should contact before you sign the dotted line and they were not able to give you a straightforward answer, choose the next contractor on your list.
Contractors who have been in the industry for a long time would have a copy of their insurance policy or would be able to give you the name and phone number of their insurance company as soon as you ask because they know that potential clients would have peace of mind to hire them if they have general liability and workers’ compensation insurance to cover any construction related costs.
Even if you are already settled and comfortable with a contractor and they have ticked all the boxes, still review the contract thoroughly and make sure that it includes a detailed description of project, the materials to be used, when the project will finish and payment schedule.