You have decided to build a pool in order to stay fit, but even more crucial is the decision to appoint the right builder. The market is not short of horror stories regarding pool constructions gone wrong. Meticulous planning is futile if the pool contractor proves to be unethical and incompetent. Unforeseen set backs are expected to some degree when undertaking a massive project. However, having the right professional builder can make a difference in handling such setbacks.
4 Crucial Factors To Consider
1. Obtain recommendations
Ask around the neighborhood who already have a pool installed. People are happy to share their good and bad stories. Research as much as you can on the internet or community forums for recommendations on builders and pay particular note to any customer feedback provided on a specific builder.
Obtain price estimates from a broad selection of suppliers and taking note the areas of specialization. There are various pool types, and individual builders may specialize in certain pool construction, pay particular notice to their experience.
2. Reference Checking
Always asks for references. If a contractor is not happy to provide any references, this should alert you that they may not be very competent. The more happy customers a contractor has, the better gauge you have in the competency of the contractor, and most certainly a comfort level that a good product will be delivered.
Good questions to ask would be :
- What type of pool was installed?
- Was the contractor on time with the completion of the project?
- Where there any unforeseen delays and how did the contractor manage those?
- Were there any budget overruns?
3. Perform a Background Check
If you have decided on a contractor or you have shortlisted a few, it is recommended that a background check is performed. Look at any professional business bureau and note if there are any formally lodged complaints against the contractor. Also, ensure that the contractor is appropriately certified and insured for the work that you planning on assigning to them.
Industry websites and builder forums are a great way to check up on the contractor’s reputation
4. Have a gut feel
If the contractor is pressurizing for a decision or money or perhaps their cost estimate is unusually low, these should raise red flags and potentially steer away from such builders.
Irrespective, before signing any form of the contract make sure to visit the business premises and note how the day to day operations are run, this should give you a sense as to how your project will be run. Lastly, if they do not have business premises, this should raise another red flag.