How to Hire a Contractor for Your Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 11-15-2010 in Articles

You have been wondering about a swimming pool in your backyard. It definitely will need the services of a contractor to finish this project. But, how would you select the right person for this job? To ensure that, you need to hire a professional who meets the following criteria.

1. The contractor must hold a valid and active license for the job. It is not sufficient if they have a license for building construction and repairing, the license should specifically be for pool construction as well.
2. In certain cases, you can also have your general contractor hire a swimming pool specialist for you. On the whole, your project should have licensed and qualified professionals doing the job to ensure that it is done right.


3. You must verify the license and registration provided by the contractor. You can also request for other ID proofs to ensure that the person whom you have hired is the one to whom this license has been issued.
4. Swimming pools can be of various categories such as concrete, fiberglass, ground pools, etc. Irrespective of the type of pool you want to construct, ask him to provide references. Ensure that you see completed works as well works that are currently in progress. This will help you get an idea of what you are getting into and have a first-hand feel of the quality of work you can expect from them.
5. Like in other home construction jobs, get more than one bid and compare the rates and other terms before you decide on your contractor.
6. You also check for references from your friends, family members, builders associations, and other swimming pool related associations for links to contractors.
7. Ensure that you have read and understood the terms of the contract clearly. If required get legal assistance in understanding the terms. Never ignore the fine print. Understanding the implications of the contract to the fullest extent is essential to ensure that your project completes successfully and you are clear with payment terms and any penalties.

8. Also check with your property developer or estate manager and understand the value addition that the swimming pool would provide to your home. Any home improvement is worth the effort only when it contributes both to the monetary and aesthetic value of your home.

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