How to Choose the Right Swimming Pool Contractor
Wanting to take a dive into the luxury of home pools? That’s understandable.
With the temperatures rising and summer break well underway, you are probably fantasizing about how nice it would be nice to cool off in your very own custom pool. So take your first step into the world of serenity by following our tips on how to choose the right swimming pool contractor.
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Search online – find your local contractors
Google your local pool contractors and take a look at their websites. It’s likely you will find a range of swimming pool builders, ones who work on some of the largest pools around and those that work on small to mid-sized domestic pools. Scroll through their website and see if you like their previous projects. Once you have made a list of three to four contractors, call them and make an appointment.
Find out if they have certifications
You might have seen this on their website already but if you haven’t, ask them. Inquire with them if they are CBP Certified Pool Builders – if they are, this means their staff have proven a high level of knowledge and skill required for the job. Their staff will have had thorough training and passed important exams in order to work as a pool builder.
Ask them about their references
At your appointment, ask for customer references or see if they have a portfolio of previous projects that they can share with you. Feel free to contact the references your local pool contractor has given you and ask about their experience. You may also want to ask the pool company how many pools they have built and how many they have completed that are similar to the one you’re looking to build.
Do they work on all pools, big and small?
Don’t get too ahead of yourself, make sure that the potential contractors work on projects of your size. If they do, great, but if they don’t, ask them if they could refer you to another trustworthy local pool builder who does. Also ask if they are currently working on many other projects at the moment – if they say that they are very busy, there may be a long wait.
Do they offer insurance?
Does your narrowed-down list of pool contractors offer insurance? It’s essential to have insurance when having a pool built. Ask to see their worker’s compensation and liability insurance, this will cover any potential legal issues, should a builder have an accident or end up with an injury.
Understand your rights
A contract that hasn’t been signed by both parties is not legally binding. Ensure that both yourself and your chosen pool company sign the contact that has been agreed.
Don’t rush – take your time
You are not under pressure to make a quick decision, so contrast and compare your potential swimming pool contractors. See if you can get bids from rival companies but still go with your gut. If there’s a company you already like, it’s worth sticking with them to ensure quality and award-winning design.
Visit their showroom
Go to the pool builders’ showroom. Speak with their team and see if you think they’re professional and competent. Visiting their office will help you to get a better insight of the company, which will help both you and them to communicate and ensure you get the very best of what they have to offer.
Read through all paperwork
A trustworthy pool builder will provide you with lots of reading material – here you will likely find answers to questions you had forgotten to ask them. If you are still unsure of anything, speak to your professionals, they will be more than happy to help you.
Finalize the details
Now you have chosen the right company who can bring your project through to completion, it’s time to agree on all the details and sign the contact. A contract is important because it’ll protect both parties and will make sure that everything goes according to plan. The contract will specify the location of the pool, shape, size, pool material, special features and other important details – so make sure you read the contract through thoroughly.
Master Pools of Austin is your local swimming pool contractor. We are well-known for our award-winning custom pools and providing excellent customer service. As exclusive members of the Master Pools Guild, we are proud to be hand selected by the network of elite pool builders and we work together to ensure our customers achieve the very best luxury pools have to offer. Whatever it is you’re looking for – contact us today and embrace outdoor living.