How to find the best pool contractor, Bella Blue Pools contractors offer tips
You don’t want your swimming pool construction experience to be a horror story, right? Because of that you need to know how to find the best pool contractor. The swimming pool contractors from Bella Blue Pools in Toledo, Ohio explain that the “best” contractor for your neighbor might not be the “best” pool contractor for you. There are, however, steps you can take and research you can perform to assure you’re getting the best pool contractor for your family’s pool project.
You certainly want to ask friends, neighbors and family who they used and whether they had a good experience. Word of mouth from a happy customer is one of the best starting points to finding your swimming pool contractor.
Choosing the right pool contractor for your unique job will mean the difference between having a pool construction experience you enjoy to one that is a nightmare. It could also mean the difference between having a pool that your family will enjoy for a lifetime or one that is fraught with ongoing issues from the get-go.
How to find the best pool contractor — tips and questions to ask:
- What experience do you have? How long have you been in business? Have you constructed the type of pool we want to have? Do you have any special training or skills?
- Can you share references with us? You will want to talk with current and past customers. If the pool contractor cites “privacy issues” with his reason to not share names of past clients, you will want to walk away. Very few pool owners will decline to be used as a reference.
- Do you have a portfolio of your past work? Many pool contractors will have an online porfolio of past work and will also have a “look book” in their showroom that highlights their projects. They are proud to show off the work they’ve completed.
- What is your process for construction? You will want to understand the steps and the reasons for the process your pool contractor has. He should have a contract that outlines when things will happen, why and what happens if steps are missed. The first step in the process should be a consultation — usually in his office — followed by him paying a site visit to your home.
- Ask to look at the proposed contract without the contractor being there. You want to be able to read through it, compose any questions you may have and then meet with him. Take your time, understand all of the wording and then make your final decision.
Because investing in a swimming pool is likely one of the biggest investments you will make — second, probably only to your home purchase — you need to feel comfortable with the pool contractor with whom you will be working. Take your time. Do your research. Hire the best pool contractor for your unique pool project.