Finally, the decision regarding building the swimming pool you always wanted is made – you are building it. You dream of relaxing in a pool of cool water is just a step away – you need to get it built by a good contractor at as an affordable price as possible. But you do not know anyone who does this job in your close circle. Then, you start searching in other places like advertisements, online listing services, newspaper ads and so on. If you are currently doing it, brushing up a little on what all to look for while looking for swimming pool builders is a great idea.
#1 First Impression
You gut feeling when you meet your potential contractor indicates a lot. But, do not trust on it excessively.
If you had a good experience and gut feeling that the person will handle the deal well, that is a great sign. But, if you have other obvious signs like lack of professionalism, no proper place of business, exceptionally low rates, high-pressure sales tactics, etc, it is possibly best to find some other contractor.
Just remember one point – never get carried away by the sweet talks – verify the facts before going ahead.
#2 Verify Credentials and documents
Make some time and visit the office of your potential contractor and verify documents like license and certification of the contractor and all the subcontractors (If any). Meet the employees, tour the showroom and then decide on the deal.
#3 Contact other customers
Ask your contractor to give you a list of previous customers, get in touch with them and ask them how their deal went on. Specifically, ask them to comment on the price, the punctuality of the contractor and ultimately, their satisfaction with the project. Be tactical enough to select the contacts from the list at random because there are chances that the contractor might have purposefully listed those ‘desirable’ customers either in the beginning or the end. Also, if most of the customers you contacted has their deals completed long ago, be very careful.
Check if the contractor or the company has affiliations with any professional associations like The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSA). This means that they have a recognisable status in the field.
Ask the contractor if the contractors, workers and other people related to the work are insured to cover the expenses that may arise because of some discrepancies.
These were the 5 things to consider while searching for swimming pool builders to come-up with the best deal for your dream swimming pool project. All the best!!