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Are you ready to take the plunge into pool ownership but unsure how to choose the right swimming pool contractor? It’s a common dilemma and one that many homeowners face each year. So, how can you tell which company to select? Fortunately, you have the power of choice and any good decisions you make will make a huge difference in the outcome.

Here are 10 tips to help you navigate the process and ensure a successful outcome.

How to Choose the Right Swimming Pool Contractor

1. Research Local Contractors

Start by searching for pool builders in your area and checking out their websites. Look for companies that offer the styles and designs that appeal to you. Then, make a list of a few to contact for appointments.

2. Verify Certification

Ensure that the contractor you’re considering has a CBP Certified Pool Builder on staff. Note: individual employees only receive this designation after extensive training and testing.

3. Ask for Referrals

Ask the builder for a list of customer references and see if you can view pools they have built. If you’re comfortable doing so, reach out to these references to get a sense of their experiences during the process.

4. Get Promises in Writing

If the salesperson makes any promises or claims regarding the pool’s purchase, construction, or warranty, make sure to get it in writing. A reputable builder should have no problem backing up their claims.

5. Take Your Time

Don’t feel pressured to decide quickly. Compare bids from different contractors and take your time to choose the one that makes the most sense. This is a major investment. For that reason, make sure you have the right team in place.

6. Visit the Company’s Office or Showroom

Visit the pool company’s office or showroom to meet the employees and get a sense of their knowledge and professionalism. The people you interact with during the building process are just as important as the builder themselves.

7. Read Carefully

A reliable contractor will have plenty of reading materials that provide valuable information. Read everything they provide. In addition, don’t sign any proposals or contracts until you feel fully informed by the answers to your questions.

8. Be Informed of Your Rights

The Better Business Bureau states that a customer-signed contract is not valid until a representative of the pool company signs it. The terms of the agreement can also be subject to change. The BBB also warns that if a customer signs a contract at the builder’s place of business but opts not to finance the pool, they may lose the right to a three-day cooling-off period and could face a penalty of up to $1,500 if they wish to cancel the contract. That’s why step #5 is so important!

9. Verify their Professionalism

Before making a final decision, ask to see proof of the company’s Liability Insurance. In addition, ask for their Worker’s Comp Insurance and state Contractor’s License. You need to be confident that the contractor is reliable and professional.

10. Follow Your Instincts

Ultimately, trust your instincts when choosing a pool builder. Consider factors such as:

  • Your level of comfort with the builder
  • Their level of professionalism
  • The proof contained in their past projects
  • Their ability to understand and bring to life your vision for your backyard

Trusting your gut can reveal a lot about the builder and the company.

Get started on your pool today – just contact us to learn more or click here to get a free estimate!