So, after all these years, you’re finally going to do it. You’re going to have a pool installed.
Congrats! You’re making a decision will give your family years of fun, exercise, and relaxation.
Have you thought about the design you like? What about freshwater vs. saltwater? Have you found a pool contractor yet?
If you’ve answered “no,” to the first two questions, we hope you answered the same way to the third. A pool contractor can help you make all those important decisions and more.
In this guide, we’re filling you in on five things to look for when hiring a pool contractor for your build.
1. What’s Their Address?
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But, when it comes to a swimming pool builder, you actually should.
There are stories across the country about people getting ripped off by pool contractors. While there are far more companies who are honest and have high integrity, there are some very bad apples in the bunch.
Don’t hire a swimming pool contractor you find on Craigslist offering a deal that’s too good to be true. It usually is.
Instead, find a contractor with a physical address (not P.O. box). This at least lets you know they have an actual building they’re working out of.
You want a contractor that will give you an estimate after they’ve been to your property and seen the space you’re working with. If a pool contractor gives you a price over the phone sight unseen? Move on.
2. How Long Have They Been in Business?
Not every pool professional has owned their company for decades. Some professionals worked for another builder for years and decided to branch off on their own recently.
Don’t ask them how long the company’s been in business. Ask them about their experience in designing and building pools.
How many pools have they built in their career? How many in the last year? Do they have a portfolio they can show you?
How knowledgeable are they? Can they give you advice for making and keeping your pool safe?
If you get any red flags when you’re talking to them, follow your gut — it’s trying to tell you something.
3. Ask for References
When you ask for their portfolio, ask them for a client list or a list of references. If they’re on the up and up, they’ll have no qualms giving you names.
Also, find out what their BBB rating is. Do they have any certifications from the CPO or CPI?
Any reputable contractor will be more than willing to share this information with you.
4. Read the Fine Print
Scammers operate under the guise of being a legit business. They’ll tell you anything you want to hear to get your money.
The Texas Attorney General warns about signing contracts that aren’t complete or have blank spaces. They also advise that you read every line of the contract especially the fine print.
Did you know that a contractor can put a lien on your property? It’s true — if they fail to pay, you’re responsible.
That’s why you should always read everything you sign — twice.
5. Read Reviews
Sounds simple enough, right? When it comes to an investment like a pool, people are going to share their opinions about the job.
They’ll explain what went wrong and how the contractor amended the issue. They’ll tell you if they feel they got ripped off. They’ll also talk about all the wonderful things they liked about the contractor.
So, make sure you read reviews. You’ll see the good, bad, and everything in-between.
Find the Best Pool Contractor in Katy, TX Today
It’s easy to get swept away by their promises of an aquatic paradise.
A reputable pool builder will help you through the process. They’ll answer your questions, help with the design choices, and offer helpful suggestions.
If you’re ready to sit down with a professional pool contractor with hundreds of pools in their portfolio and five-star reviews, give us a call.
But don’t take our word for. Check out what our happy customers have to say.