So you’ve made the decision to put a pool in. Congratulations! Soon you’ll be turning your yard into your own little oasis, and increasing the value of your home at the same time. Putting in a pool is no small decision, and like most people, you probably want it done just right.
The first and most important step to getting the pool you’ve been dreaming of is finding the best pool contractor for your needs. Pool contractors execute your vision and run the show from start to finish, so you want to make sure this person shares your ideals. Here are a few guidelines to landing the right contractor for the job.
Make sure they have a valid license. Any reputable pool contractor will legally be required to have a valid license. You can look up the contractor’s license status online to avoid any awkward conversations.
Read reviews. It’s best to find your contractor through word-of-mouth recommendation, but if you don’t know anyone else with a pool, you can still rely on reviews to learn more about the track record of a potential pool contractor. Ask for customer references and read online reviews as well. Look out for information about quality, timeliness, professionalism, mistakes that may have been made, etc.
Visit their showroom. You can learn a lot about pool contractors by visiting their showroom. This is the place where the contractor should be able to wow you with beautiful displays and pools that fit your style. If their showroom seems unprofessional, take it as an indication that this contractor may not be a good fit.
Make sure the contract is thorough and specific. Contracts are important legal documents that will be your main piece of evidence if issues come up in the future. Don’t ever assume something is understood if you don’t see it in the contract. Thoroughly review the proposal and agreement, making sure it includes specifics about materials used, equipment needed, timeline, pricing, etc.
Talk about continuing services. Look for a pool contractor who you can turn to throughout your pool ownership experience. Ask contractors if they offer pool maintenance so you don’t have to go through the same hunting process again. Ideally, the people who made the pool are best equipped to help you maintain it in the future.