Posted on December 15th 2017 07:38:00 PM
You’ve been dreaming about a new inground pool for months, if not years and now you’re ready to hire the right pool builder. You know exactly what features you want (a zero-entry for the kids, a hot tub for you, and a tanning shelf because, why not?). You’ve set the budget, considered where on your property the pool will go and now you’re ready to move forward.
You’re ready to hire a contractor. (Cue the spooky music.)
Seriously, though. It’s nothing to be afraid of. Your pool contractor is your partner, and will help you make sure your project comes in on time, on budget, and with few surprises. (We can’t promise NO surprises. When you’re digging holes in the ground, they sometimes happen.)
To choose a quality builder/contractor, ask the right questions. (It’s not an interrogation, but knowing what you need to know is certainly helpful):
- How experienced are you, and the people in your company, at building pools?
- What products do you use, and why?
- Will you work with me on the design of my pool?
- Is your company licensed?
- Do you warranty your workmanship?
- Do you have a contract I can review?
- What’s the price to build the pool I want?
And, frankly, there are some things you just don’t need to worry about when you’re hiring a pool contractor. For instance – understand great pool companies come in all sizes. Don’t rule one out because you think it’s too big or too small. Don’t rule out a contractor if they use subcontractors, either. It just means they’re using the best people available to get the job done. That should make you happy. (Smile. We know there’s one in there.)
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about checking references. There are important questions to ask. You’ll want to know:
- If they recommend this pool builder, and if they’d use them again.
- The type of pool and options they had installed.
- What went well during the construction experience – and what didn’t.
- If the project was completed on time and on budget.
- If there were any problems with the project, and how the contractor handled it.
- If the builders showed up on time, and were courteous while they were there.
There are a lot of things to think about as you get ready to install a pool. Hire the right contractor, and cross some of that worry off your list. After all, you don’t want to end up like Tom Hanks, trapped in a month’s long “two-weeks” nightmare.