Working with a pool contractor involves a serious monetary investment on your part and an investment of a significant amount of time, effort, and materials on the part of the builder. It’s not a commitment to be entered into lightly. In this fourth article in our series (view Part 1, 2 or 3), we’ll look at some more ways how you can determine if a specific contractor is the one you should entrust with your swimming pool installation project.
Find Out What Their Regular Start-to-Finish Sales and Installation Process Entails
Part of running a successful business, whether it’s pool contracting or any other type of venture, is making sure there’s a plan of action when it comes to everything from sales, to beginning projects, to seeing each job through to completion. Over time, experienced contractors develop and hone their processes to the point where explaining them to potential customers should become second nature. If a team is reputable, they ought to be able to quickly run through their regular plan of action when it comes to the kind of work they do for their customers.
The process may vary slightly from contractor to contractor, but it should involve several clear steps. These would include procedures like setting up an initial consultation at a specific time, presenting various options to their potential customers, and explaining their pricing, just to name a few. If they have any paperwork or brochures laying out their options, that’s another mark in their favor.
Discuss Your Preferences to See if They Offer What You’re Looking For in a Pool
One of the first things you’re going to want to do when it comes to choosing a contractor is to try to figure out what kind of pool you’re in the market to buy and whether or not they’re equipped to install that type of pool. You may be incredibly impressed with a particular contractor’s website, level of professionalism over the phone, or presentation of plans and procedures. But if you definitely want a concrete or vinyl liner pool and they only install fiberglass pools, they’re obviously not the right contractor for you. Likewise, if you want them to install any specific extra features or enhancements, such as waterfalls, fountains, or infinity entrances, ask them upfront if they’re equipped to tackle your project.
Find Out About the Quality of Products and Methods They Use
Though it may seem like a bit of a pain, don’t skip this step, or you may end up regretting it. In order to make sure you’re working with a dependable company, you may need to do some research to find out a little bit about the best practices and products involved in the installation of the specific type of inground pool you’re hoping to add to your property. For example, find out what kind of foundation and backfill your potential contractor plans to use, how thick and rigid their PVC is, and other such quality-related issues.
Simply knowing that you’ve done your homework enough to be asking such questions will make them aware that you’re not a customer who will be easily fooled with when it comes to service. Don’t settle for someone whose goal is to reach the bare minimum of what’s considered acceptable service in the pool installation industry. Look for someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to achieve excellent results and earn customer loyalty and satisfaction.
In the final installment of this series on finding the right pool contractor, we’ll discuss one more practical concern you should definitely consider. We’ll also highlight one of the most vital qualities to look for whenever you’re hiring someone to do any kind of work for you.
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