Tips for Hiring a Swimming Pool Contractor

Lora Davis

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An in-ground swimming pool can be a wonderful addition to your backyard for both exercise and summer fun activities. However, just as with most home additions, a swimming pool will require a professional to complete the installation. When choosing a swimming pool contractor, it’s important to consider both the style of the pool you have in mind as well as the quality of work that will be provided. The following are the practical steps you need to follow when you are involved in hiring your swimming pool construction service.

Location: Start by figuring out where you would like to put your new pool. Make sure to take into account the location of the utilities and systems that could potentially be in the way. These include, but are not limited to a septic system, sewer line, water pipes, a well, gas or electric lines.

Search: Get in touch with different pool contractors in your area; if you have local friends or family members who have recently engaged in a similar project, contact them for recommendations. This will allow you to find out information in regard to pricing, the quality of work and the type of services provided. Word of mouth is a wonderful way to find a variety of services and pool construction is far from exception.

Model: Determine what type of swimming pool design you are interested in. Speak with different pool contractors to help you figure out what will work best with your current yard setup. Make certain that the pool contractor you are considering have enough experience to complete the job the way you want it. For example, if you are interested in a natural-style pool that includes a waterfall, avoid hiring a contractor who deals mainly with concrete systems.

References: When speaking with the various swimming pool contractors, be sure to ask for references. Once you have a list of past clients, be sure to contact them. Ask questions to find out whether they were happy with the quality of work, whether the deadlines were met as well as how the results are so far.

Written estimate: Obtain a written quote from each pool contractor for the completed project. This price should include all aspects of the job, including any necessary equipment, tree removal and cleanup costs; don’t accept a quote by word of mouth.

Licenses and insurance: Be sure to ask and verify whether the contractor is fully licensed and insured. This will help ensure that you receive quality work and are not liable for any injuries that take place on your property.

Warranty: Your preferred swimming pool contractor should offer a satisfaction guarantee with the work. If your pool contractor cannot guarantee the work being provided, then they are not worth your time. Once you’ve gathered all of your information, its decision time! Choose your swimming pool contractors based on a combination of experience, price and your impressions overall. Avoid making a decision based solely on price, as you will likely get what you pay for.


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