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Choosing A Pool Contractor - Pool Installation

When you're planning on building a pool, is it better to go with the big name company or a smaller, locally owned business? Here are some things to consider when choosing a pool builder.

Big and Little
One benefit of going with a locally owned company is that it is harder for them to disappear overnight. Franchised builders often seem to suddenly set up shop in your town and then disappear just as suddenly. If your pool is in the middle of being built, you could find yourself with a big dirt crater in your backyard if your builder decides to do a disappearing act.

Regardless of whether you decide on a smaller company or a larger one to build your pool, be sure to ask about their warranties. If they don't offer one, that's a red flag to you that the company doesn't stand behind their work.

Visit Their Premises
One of the besy ways to get a feel for the contractor you are thinking of hiring is to actually go and pay a visit to their office. If they don't have one or work out of their home, don't panic just yet. They could just be starting out in the business. It is still worthwhile to take the time to meet and talk with them. An informal meeting can give you just as much insight as to how they run their business as meeting at an office would.

Questions To Ask Your Swimming Pool Builder
Never pass up the opportunity to interview a potential contractor. Things you'll want to know about include:

  • Their financial stability
  • Whether they have their own crews
  • Whether they own their own vehicles and equipment
  • How long they have been in business
Hammer Do you have any more questions about choosing the right pool builder? Visit our Pools forum and talk to other DIYers about your swimming pool!