5 Questions to Ask If Hiring a Pool Contractor

by Pool Builders on 09-21-2010 in Articles

Building a swimming pool in your back yard can be one of the biggest investments you can make in your San Diego home. It is a good investment, but nonetheless a big decision. Since this is such a big decision, you will want to do your homework since there can also be a lot at risk. You will want to work with a San Diego pool contractor whom you trust and can get the job done right the first time. Since there are so many companies to choose from in the County, and you don't want to just close your eyes and pick out of the phone book, there are a few questions to ask and elements to consider to ensure a successful project.

1.) Check if the Contractor is Properly Licensed, Bonded, and Insured. There are specific and licensing requirements on a statewide level as well as a Countywide level for any San Diego pool contractor to complete work on your home. Make sure the contractor you are considering holds a license specifically in constructing pools and not for another license type such as masonry or electrical work. If something were to go wrong at your home, it is important that this license has proper classification to protect you. The same goes for General Contractors, as you'll want to make sure they have a specific pool construction license.

When working with a company, aside from being properly licensed, make sure they hold adequate insurance and are bonded in case an issue or accident happens in the middle of your project. You'll want to double check that the insurance is not a separate line item which is out of pocket, but rather included with the contractor.

2.) References Are Important. Whether you are considering a fiberglass pool, ground pool, or concrete pool, it is recommended to get as many past and current references as possible so you can speak firsthand with the customers to feel out their experience of the process as well as the final result. Don't be afraid to ask challenging questions so you have all the information possible to make the best decision on your end. You can ask about attentiveness, communication, budget, schedule, and quality of materials and workers.

3.) Research Local Trade Associations. Outside of speaking with hopefully satisfied customers, it is also recommended to meet with local trade associations including the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, or the local Chamber of Commerce in your city. It's also a good idea to check out the San Diego Better Business Bureau to see if there are any unresolved complaints with the contractor or San Diego pool company.

4.) Negotiate Price. Particularly in this economy, price is always negotiable. You don't want to settle for the first contractor you interview or the first price you are given. General rule of thumb is to get at least three bids before making a decision so you can compare actual cost with the materials proposed and total scope of work.

5.) Careful of the Contract. Because this is such a large investment, you will want to get very familiar with the contract for construction and gain as much detail as possible for both parties. You want to be protected. If you don't understand certain parts of the contract, be sure to bring it to your legal council. The contract should spell out cost, progressive payments, late penalties, and schedule.

Doing your homework and taking the initiative in asking the right questions and doing your homework will help you ensure a successful San Diego pool project that will provide years of enjoyment with your family for years to come.

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