There’s no doubt that you’re prepared to have your ideal retreat planned and constructed, but the question is: where do you even begin? The more pressing question is how to go about selecting a pool contractor. The time and money required to have an inground pool installed on your property by a professional installation crew is substantial. How do you make the right choice and find a reliable contractor when considering all these factors?
Unfortunately, we have received far too many calls from worried homeowners pleading for our expert team of designers, builders, and contractors to “come help and fix” a poorly managed pool construction project or in the worst-case scenario, to rescue an abandoned pool build. In order to help you and your home avoid being taken advantage of by unreliable contractors or “fly-by-night” pool builders, we have compiled this list. Beware of shady contractors who promise to complete a job, take your money, and disappear without finishing the work.
When deciding on a pool contractor, keep the following advice in mind as reliable guidelines: Checking for a current and valid contractor’s license in the state of Florida is the first line of defence against hiring a shady professional. A valid insurance certificate is also required of the contractor. It’s not a good idea to rely on an expired photocopy of an insurance certificate, so make sure your pool builder is willing to have a certificate sent to you directly from their insurance company. Verifying the contractor’s license, general liability insurance, and Worker’s Compensation insurance of a pool builder/contractor is important for your peace of mind.
After you’ve double-checked the necessary paperwork, it’s time to look up the pool company online. Check the pool company’s website to see if they have been around for very long. Verify their standing with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and see if credible Pool & Spa trade publications and associations recommend them. Some examples of these accolades include American Pools and Spas’ A+ rating from the BBB and their placement among Pool & Spa News’ Top 50 Pool Builders in the country. You can learn more about the company and the quality of their work in the community by consulting the local directory and/or review websites available in most major cities.
After you have done your homework and found a contractor you can trust, it is time to revisit their website. Now, you need to make sure of one crucial detail: does this company focus on building a specific kind of pool? You can tell if the builder has experience with pools like the one you want to create in your backyard by looking at the image gallery of completed projects (if they have one).
The pool contractor should be contacted again to inquire as to the frequency with which “SUB” contractors are employed during the building and assembly processes. Subcontractors are used by the vast majority of pool construction companies. But before you hire a pool company, find out if they plan to use the same crew from start to finish.