Five Questions to Ask Any Pool Contractor

Though many people think building a pool is uncomplicated, the truth is that there are many decisions to be made. You have to decide whether or not you want an inground or out of ground pool, where you want to put it, and how big you should make it. Then, you have to figure out what builder you are going to use. To do this, you should call around and ask some questions.

Here are some things that you need to ask before you hire him or her to build your new pool.

1) What is your experience?

You are going to want to learn more about the builder and company to ensure that you are choosing someone who is reliable. You also want to make sure that he or she has built other pools like the one that you want. If you choose to do something that isn’t standard with other pools, you want to make sure that your builder has experience in that area.

2) Are you licensed and insured?

You should never have a builder who isn’t licensed and insured. If something happens during the installation of your pool, you could be held liable. For this reason, you need to make sure that your builder has enough insurance.

Professional builders will have both a license and insurance that he or she will be able to show you, without any problems. You have every right to ask this question, and he or she should be prepared.

3) Can I see some of your other work?

It is also a good idea to ask if you can see some of the builder’s other work. Most builders will bring along a few pictures to give you some ideas of his or her work, though you may be able to talk to current customers to see theirs.

4) When can you fit me in (and how long will it take)?

It is important that you know when to expect your pool once you decide to get started. You may be looking at a wait of a few weeks (or even months), plus the amount of time it will take to get it done.

If you have to wait four months for them to be able to fit you in and then another two weeks for it to get built, you have to decide if you really want to wait four and a half months to be able to enjoy your pool. You may want to find someone who is able to get it done sooner.

5) How much is this going to cost?

While you want to make sure that your builder has enough experience, you also make to make sure that you are getting a fair price. After a consult, you should be able to get a quote for the cost of your pool.

You may also want to ask if your builder does maintenance work, including opening and closing your pool. Be sure to know what that is going to cost if you decide to have that done.

It is important that you take your time choosing the right builder for your pool. Don’t be afraid to ask around and ask questions. You deserve to know what his or her experience is, what the timeline is, and how much it is going to cost you. Always trust your gut. If you don’t feel comfortable, look for someone else.

If you are serious about building a pool, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 952-994-6032. We would be glad to stop over and see how we can turn your dream into reality.