What To Look For In Pool Builders  

by Pool Builders on 01-03-2012 in Articles

There are many different pool builders available to construct a recreational oasis in your yard. The one you select will make a difference in the construction experience as well as the end result. Before you start interviewing builders, you'll need to ask yourself a few questions. Once you're firm in your plans, you'll be ready to start searching out the best pro for the job. Here are some things to think about:

Questions to ask yourself:

- What are you planning to use your swimming pool for? The purposes behind your structure will dictate what sort of builder you'll need. Are you looking for a beautifully landscaped paradise in your own backyard or are you wanting lap lanes so you can work out and get physically fit? Various designers and companies will have specific expertise and you'll want to find one that meets your goals.

- How large is your yard? This will determine the size, shape and dimensions of your structure. Measure the space and then take a look at pictures and models of pools you'd like to have. Will those dimensions work for your yard? If so, good. If not, time to make another plan.

- Have you checked with your local municipality regarding setbacks, zoning regulations and such? You need to, as all cities vary according to what is allowed. Don't get your hopes dashed because you failed to check with the zoning department of your city.

Questions to ask potential contractors:

- How long have you been in business? You'll want a builder who has enough experience building spas and swimming pools. The more experience a contractor has, the more he or she will know what to look for in the planning and building stages.

- Can I see a portfolio of your work? It's helpful to see what other swimming facilities a potential builder has constructed. Do you like his or her style? This is important.

- Can you give me a list of references who were past customers? It's a must to get some word-of-mouth references from past customers. If you can speak with them and see the pools and spas that were built, all the better. Ask questions about reliability, punctuality, workability of the structure and whether any questions or issues that came up were resolved satisfactorily.

- Are you licensed and insured? This is important. Only work with a licensed contractor and check his or her records with the Board of Contractors to make sure it's up to date and that there aren't any outstanding problems or complaints.

- How are payments handled? Many companies will want a deposit up front, then a portion at various stages of the job. Be sure not to pay them everything until the job is totally completed.

When looking for pool builders, it will be crucial for homeowners to ask themselves questions before interviewing contractors. Once all queries have been satisfactorily answered, it will be time to get ready for an exciting project and a swim.

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