Taking the Plunge

swimming-clip-art-60512Images of you and your family splashing in your new pool swirl through your head. You’ve taken a look at the options and know you want a pool, spa and a small water feature. You have the funds set aside to make this dream a reality. Now it’s time to decide who can bring this to fruition.

Choosing the right contractor is an important decision. Depending on your vision, you will be working with the contractor and their company for at least 2-3 months, and potentially much longer. If it’s not someone you like and get along with, that amount of time can seem like an eternity.

Beyond the personal side of things, there are other items to look for when choosing your swimming pool builder. Things to consider:

  • Ask for a detailed proposal/contract (this will also allow you to compare apples to apples among the bidders).
  • Talk to contractors who specialize in building the type of pool you’re interested in and has the experience to back it up.
  • Check to see if the contractor has the proper licensing and insurance for their business.
  • Determine if the day-to-day workers are employees or if they are subcontractors.
  • Ensure the contractor is an authorized applicator for the materials you’ve chosen.
  • If they have a storefront, visit it to see what the options are for materials.
  • Ensure the contractor will take your job from start to finish—you don’t want them to begin the work and then not see them again for months.
  • Check references for both current and older clients so you know how the clients are treated during the build and also down the road. Ask your friends and neighbors with similar projects if they would recommend the contractor they used.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed.
  • Make sure you will receive both warranties and manuals upon completion of the job

Building your dream pool can be a smooth process or a nightmare experience. Before you dive in headfirst, make sure you have the swimming pool builder that’s right for your project.