You have built a wonderful house, one that is the envy of everyone around. You have a wonderful garden, a spacious garage, and well decorated interiors. All which is lacking now is a swimming pool. You want to build one as soon as possible. However, you do desire to have a perfectly built swimming pool as you certainly do not wish to be the centre of criticism for your neighbours.
Since you are planning to make a swimming pool, you must have surely heard that it is nothing short of planning a wedding. It is important to take care of all the requirements for the pool, personally. Luckily, nowadays hiring a swimming Pool Builder contractor is like hiring a wedding planner – the person will do the planning and take care of requirements for you. All you have to do is pay them. What is to be kept in mind is that most people make the mistake here. Since the contractor does all the work required, choosing wrongly means making a disaster of a swimming pool. Therefore, just keep the following simple points in mind when hiring a contractor for your pool –
Do Your Homework –
You should have enough information about building a swimming pool yourself. Most contractors will not guide you through the entire process – they either don’t have the quality to explain that well or they keep it to themselves to extract extra money for some apparent “extra work” that they shall be doing beyond the contract. Having knowledge of the process will help you talk out the details you want right in the beginning. Also, this will help you know exactly what is happening.
Background check –
Before you hire a contractor try to find out about the contractor’s past work. A detailed work background check helps decide whether or not the person in question is the right choice for your job. It is not just the quotation that is important – the quality of things used, the work done as well as problem control are important points to be kept in mind while doing a background check of the contractor.
Hire an established professional –
Many are of the opinion that professional contractors who are well settled in the business charge you more than an amateur. One couldn’t be more wrong. An amateur contractor lacks in experience and hence the person may quote lesser for the job in the beginning. However, it is only when the work reaches the point of no return will s/he realise the lack of her/his consideration of certain thing resulting in you having to spend more. An experienced professional on the other hand would consider all possibilities and give you a more or less fixed estimate.
Read the contract –
Make it a point to read and understand the contract completely. It is necessary that all the points discussed are put down in the contract. A – Z, everything in a contract matters. Do look at the cancellation clause carefully so that it does not become a problem should the circumstances arrive.
Avoid phone discussions –
Do not discuss the details of your swimming pool over the phone when talking to a contractor for the first time. Visit the office to get a fair idea of the type of work the contractor you are considering is capable of. Also, ask the contractor to visit your house to inspect the potential pool area before the quotation is given.
Shortlist before finalising –
Obviously, when getting a swimming pool, you will get several quotations from quite a lot of contractors. Do make it a point to shortlist from these several quotations to considerably smaller number according to your needs. Finalising from a small number of quotations is far easier and more practical than picking one from a large list of quotations.
Safety measures –
It is very important that you take care of the safety measures required to have a swimming pool. It is a recreational space, but is dangerous at the same time. Be sure to install safety fences and keep one or more float(s) available to avoid accidents. Also, follow other safety measure that may include but are not limited to regular maintenance by professional pool caretakers.
Now you know exactly what to do to avoid mistakes in hiring a swimming pool contractor. Now go get that perfect one so that your pool can be crystal clear for you and your friends and family to enjoy to your fullest.