Pool Renovation - 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Contractor

by Pool Builders on 12-20-2010 in Articles

For years, the pool has served you well, has been witness to several poolside parties, barbeques and family gatherings. Pool renovation should be your top priority when your existing swimming pool starts to develop problems such as malfunctioning filtration system, cracks on the bed, worn out lining, algae and cloudy waters, chlorination system and many other things, which have become outdated and wasteful.

It is not practical and feasible to fix an old pool all by yourself, no matter how many tutorials and videos you watch, because pool renovation should be best left to professionals, otherwise you may end up messing it all up. Now the question is about what you should look for in a pool renovation contractor and here are some things to consider when appointing a contractor.

Referrals & reputation

Hiring a pool renovation contractor requires careful thought and consideration if you want the job done to perfection within your budget. Make a list of contractors of who your friends and associates have referred. Almost all contractors advertise their services, but a word of mouth recommendation carries lot of weight. Shortlist such contractors and call them up one by one to set up appointment at your place, where all the action will take place.

Written quotes and estimates

Get all estimates from each pool renovation contractor separately, with as much details as possible. Ask them to break down each work schedule detailing the labor and material involved with cost for each component of work involved to give you an overall picture of what lies in store.

Team of workers

Ask the contractor about his labor pool and who will be supervising the work on daily basis. This is very important because a professional pool renovation contractor will have an experienced team of labor specializing in different areas of the work, like concrete lining, lighting, and chlorination specialist. If the contractor cannot satisfy you about his labor force, stay clear off him or you will have cost and time overruns. A supervisor to direct the work is also essential and advisable and you should insist on it.

Authorizations and permits:

This aspect is very important and you should ask the contractor who must be very knowledgeable about permits and authorizations if required from city authorities for your renovation. Check whether such permits if required are already built into the estimate or an additional cost to be incurred by you. Also ask whether he will get all the necessary permits on your behalf before the work begins and how much time is required for all these permits.

Changes & options:

The pool renovation contractor should be able to give you several change-order estimates outlining the variations in cost per change along the way. Right from the start, the contractor can lay down a renovation plan with several options and variations, each with different cost estimate for you to make a fair judgment on what fits your needs and budget.

Selecting the right pool renovation contractor will give you peace of mind and a sparkling new pool to be proud of.

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