How to choose a swimming pool contractor
Choosing a swimming pool contractor in DC, Virginia or Maryland for your project
The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools understand that all of the decisions that go into the decision-making process for a swimming pool construction project are daunting. One of the first decisions you need to make — after you have your budget firmly in place — is to choose the swimming pool contractor to bring your pool dreams to fruition.
You will want to interview and meet with at least three contractors before you even decide which one to choose for your pool project and its estimate. Of the pool contractors you interview, you will want to ask them for estimates on the type of swimming pool you will want to have constructed in your backyard. Begin your research for a pool contractor by asking friends and family for recommendations then take to the Internet to look at the websites of potential contractors.
- Having an idea of the type of swimming pool you want will help you narrow down your choice of pool contractors. For example if you want a vanishing edge pool and a contractor you’re planning to meet with doesn’t have that listed as one of the styles he is experienced in, you may want to opt for a different contractor — one who has built the type of pool you’re seeking.
- Does your pool builder or his staff have CSP (Certified Service Professional) on staff. Check out if he has undergone training and his technical staff are certified service professionals.
- View the photo gallery on your potential pool builder’s site to see if he has models you could see yourself owning. Most pool websites have a page dedicated to the pools they have constructed.
- Ask for estimates from three contractors. Make an appointment with them.
- Ask for names and contact information for other clients with whom they have worked. They should be happy to offer this information.
- When you receive estimates from a couple of contractors, make sure you’re comparing apples to apples in the estimates. If you notice differences between the estimates you receive you will want to talk to the contractor and have him explain. A difference in equipment or building material could lead to this and if one is offering different equipment, you will want to understand why and if there are benefits as compared to other types of equipment or construction materials.
Never sign a contract until you are satisfied with the terms and conditions, the price and any other items that are of concern to you. It’s a typical part of a contract to pay a portion of the overall price up front but be wary of any pool contractor who asks for the entire price of the project in one up front payment as this is not a usual method of work.
Your swimming pool is a long-term — decades long — commitment and because of that you will want to take your time and put a lot of research into both the style and type pool you want as well as the contractor with whom you will work.
Don’t negate that “gut feeling” you get when you meet a potential contractor. If you feel like you can talk with him and have a “good feeling” about it, that may be the deciding factor if all other items are equal.