Questions to Ask a Swimming Pool Contractor
Hire the right professional to install your new swimming pool
By Kaye Morris
Relaxing by the pool is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, but the installation process can be taxing and the end result disappointing unless you get the right information in the beginning. Armed with the right set of questions, you can make an educated decision on hiring a pool contractor and eliminate much of the risk involved with your pool installation.
How long have you been established as a licensed contractor?
You have a better chance of hiring a well-qualified pool contractor if the contractor has been successful in the business for a good length of time.
What type of insurance coverage do you provide to protect the homeowner?
A qualified, reputable contractor should always have a liability policy to protect the homeowner and a worker's compensation policy to protect the employees.
Can you provide references for prior installations?
A successful contractor will always have references from customers. If there is a reference you are allowed to contact, that is even better. Ask for pictures of previous installations that are similar to the work you want.
Do you provide a release of lien?
If a contractor skips town without paying the pool parts providers, in many areas the parts provider can put a lien against your home whether or not you have already paid the pool contractor in full. Protect yourself by requiring a release of lien from any parts providers the pool contractor uses.
What is the exact pool-building process?
The contractor should provide you with a specific schedule of the timing of your pool installation and a list of materials used. He should also provide a list of items to be handled prior to installation, such as sprinkler relocation and moving furniture. If the contractor will move sprinklers or take down sections of fence, make sure you know when that will occur to make any arrangements necessary. Get the name and a direct phone number for the person who will supervise your pool installation.
What is the warranty on the pool?
Ask about the warranty on workmanship for the pool and how warranty claims are handled. A reputable contractor always provides a warranty for his or her work.
How do I pay for my pool?
If you are paying cash for your pool, ask what the payment arrangements will be. Many contractors collect a percentage of the total cost up front, then the remainder when the job is complete. If you need to finance the pool, ask the contractor if he has a relationship with finance companies that can handle your financing. Financing discounts may be available for using a finance company the contractor recommends.
About the Author
Kaye Morris has 20 years of real estate development experience and is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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