Finding A Pool Builder You Can Be Satisfied With  

by Pool Builders on 06-22-2011 in Articles

Few things can increase the value of your home, beautify your backyard, and give endless years of enjoyment to you and your family like putting in a swimming pool. The first step in the process (besides figuring out how you're going to pay for it) is finding a good pool builder who will do the job with a minimum amount of hassle and problems. This, of course, is easier said than done. There are plenty of great contractors out there, but it isn't always the easiest thing in the world to discern the good ones from the bad ones. After all, an advertisement only tells you so much. Here are some tips to help you find the right one.

With the proliferation of information on the Internet, you have a great resource tool right at your fingertips. Use it. Look up "pool builder" for your area and start perusing their official websites. These can tell you a lot about their services. Not only that, but you can make some preliminary judgment calls based on the professionalism of their site. Now, you're hiring a pool builder and not a web designer, but you might nonetheless tread cautiously if the site looks infrequently updated. The important information; however, will be a list of services, their hours, and any information on pricing that they might offer.

Talk to a few companies. Don't make your final decision without doing some basic comparison-shopping. Ask the people you get in contact with for their references. You want to talk to actual customers and see how they feel about the service they received. Of course, if a pool builder is willing to give you a customer's phone number, that customer is unlikely to badmouth the contractor. Nevertheless, by asking pointed questions, you can find out a great deal of useful information that will help you come to a decision. If the contractor is unwilling or unable to provide references, view this as a red flag and move on in your search.

Remember that you're dealing with salespeople, for the most part, when you make these initial calls. Therefore, when you hear claims and promises, you'll want to have them agree to put them in writing as part of their contract. If you are promised things, you'll want to make sure you get them. Don't wind up in a situation where it's "He said, she said" at the end of the game. You want a hassle free job that involves a contractor who will do everything they can to make you happy. This is why customer references are so important. Check online resources and the Better Business Bureau to see if anyone has complained about the service they received.

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