Choosing a swimming pool contractor can be just as difficult as choosing the right pool. Proper instillation of a quality pool can save you thousands of dollars in repairs down the road, so with this in mind it is important to understand that cheapest is generally not the best.
When you are looking for the right contractor to work with you want to be sure that you hire the best you can afford. A great way to start is by talking to friends and family that have pools, and see who they used and how they rate their experiences with that contractor. An internet search can be a valuable tool in finding local contractors, but it is important to understand that just about anyone with a few hundred dollars can get a very professional website designed. You will want to be sure the contractor that you find online has a physical location, a business license, and positive references before you hire him to build your pool.
When you choose a contractor or two to meet with, you will want to have a list of questions prepared ahead of time that you can ask each person to compare services. Obviously price and completion time will be at the top of your list. You should also ask what type of pool they recommend for your needs and why, how many pools they have installed, how they handle customer complaints, and if they can give you references. It's important to check the references they give you, and if you find a very friendly person you may even ask to see the job that the contractor did for them. If the job was done several years ago, it may give you an idea of what the work looks like after the polish is worn off. Find out what permits are required for your area, and who is responsible for acquiring them prior to the beginning of the job.
You may also want to check with the Better Business Bureau and be certain there are no filed consumer complaints with the contractor you are considering for your swimming pool building needs. Because a Better Business Bureau report can be filed at any time after the services have been contracted, you may find out if there are long term problems resulting from improper instillation that you could not find out about otherwise. While the reference the contractor gives you are likely to be very happy with their brand new pools, it is anyone's guess as to how they'd rate that same contractor after using the pool for two or three seasons.
Choosing a swimming pool contractor does not have to be an intimidating task. By shopping around, trusting your gut instinct, doing your research and asking the right questions you can be certain you are getting the best value for your money. Before you know it you will be relaxing in your new pool and enjoying the luxury of being a pool owner.