Figuring out which pool contractor to hire to install your pool is a huge decision that requires sound judgment (see Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4). After checking their website, reviews, references, and asking about their products, practices, and procedures, you’ll be well on your way to making an informed decision. There are just a couple more points to think about before you get down to making your final choice.
Find Out What Kind of Installation Warranty any Potential Contractor is Willing to Offer You
Believe it or not, many pool contractors only offer a one-year workmanship warranty for the pools they install. Considering that an inground pool is supposed to last for years to come, this brief of a warranty seems like an extremely limited amount of time for a contractor to take responsibility for making repairs to your new pool. You should look for someone who is willing to give you at least a five-year warranty.
Besides finding out the length of warranty offered by a potential pool builder, ask specific questions to learn what exactly the warranty will cover. For example, will it cover any kind of leak? Does it just cover problems that occur in the pool, or does it also cover problems with the surrounding structure and patio area that are related to pool movement? If you contract with a builder who offers a warranty that’s too short or doesn’t cover enough different scenarios, you may end up having to pay for costly repair work out of pocket should anything go wrong in the first few years after installation.
Look for a Contractor with a Reputation for Honesty
More than anything else, it’s crucial to find a pool contractor who is a person of their word. You can try to find out by word of mouth, by reading reviews, and by asking for references whether the builder you’re considering is known to be a person of integrity. Come up with questions to ask that will be a good gauge of their honesty. For example, you could ask them if they include any stock photos on their website. If they do include photographs that are actually not their own work, are they labeled as such? In other words, does the website give the impression that they’ve completed certain projects that were really done by someone else? If so, that could be an indicator of a contractor who isn’t willing to be completely honest with potential customers.
Another good way to find out if the contractor is honest is to see if they’ll own up to ever making any mistakes on jobs in the past. Though it may sound strange to ask a contractor to tell you about times when they wish they had done things differently in the past, it actually makes perfect sense. Since none of us is perfect, we’ve all had to learn, grow, and change throughout the course of our lives. One of the best ways to improve in any skill is through the process of trial and error. An honest pool contractor should be able to tell you some of the things they would do differently if they could go back and do them over again. This willingness also reveals a streak of humility that’s extremely desirable when it comes to hiring a contractor.
Finding a reputable contractor to complete your pool installation project could make a huge difference in the long-term quality of your pool. If you’re in the market for an inground pool, we hope this series of articles can serve as a guide as you navigate the uncharted waters of searching for the pool builder that’s right for you.
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