Five Tips To A Successful Pool Installation Project

by Pool Builders on 03-18-2011 in Articles

Installing a new swimming pool is a project that brings along a hefty price tag but will also offer your family a lifelong commitment to fun and enjoyment. You need to take your time in deciding on plans and choosing a contractor.

Here are five common sense tips to keep in mind when you're looking for a pool contractor for your project:

  1. Speak with three contractors. When you meet with potential swimming pool contractors compare "apples to apples" when it comes to design ideas, features and safety devices. When comparing estimates pay attention to the materials the contractors will be using, any extras that are part of the package deal, any items that are thrown in at no charge, timeline for the construction, type and style of equipment that will be installed in the pool (pumps, filters, etc.) and the warranties that come with the pool and its equipment.
  2. During the interview process with potential pool builders, ask for references. Pool contractors will be more than happy to supply you with the names of satisfied customers. When asking for references ask for those who have undergone a pool construction project similar to yours. Also ask to see photos of the completed projects. Make it a point to call and maybe even visit the referral clients.
  3. As with other types of contractors, it's likely that your state mandates licensing requirements for pool contractors. Ask to see the licenses. See if the contractor is a member of the BBB or other agencies that can attest to the quality of work performed. Also, don't do business with a contractor who is not fully insured.
  4. Chances are the pool designer that you meet with will have a project manager who will be responsible for keeping your pool installation moving along. Make certain you have all of the necessary contact information for your project manager. Any time you have questions or concerns on the progress of the installation, ask. Your contractor won't know if you're having concerns unless you talk with them. If there are any delays in the construction, he or she should communicate them to you.
  5. When you're working out the details of your installation contract, be wary of any pool contractor who requests payment in full up front. Contractors expect money will be doled out in increments throughout the course of the project. There will likely be some up front layout of cash involved but not the whole amount. Remember, though it is your obligation to pay according to the payment schedule you and the designer agree to. If there are concerns along the way that might prevent you from making an agreed upon payment, keep in mind that could also delay the installation.

After the project is complete, keep all of the paperwork associated with the construction in an easy to find location. The paperwork you're given will likely include warranty information and equipment care information.

Once the project has been complete, you and your family are practically guaranteed years of fun in and around the pool.

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