Finding a reliable pool builder is a huge concern for anyone looking to transform their backyard into their favorite stay-cation destination. The last thing you want is someone who cuts corners, or worse, never finishes the job once they're paid. Unfortunately, this is the reality some people face. We'll cover a few pointers and questions you should ask to help you hire a pool builder with confidence.
What to Look for in a Pool Builder
Permit Identification Number
Any contractor that goes by the book will have a Permit Identification Number. This number can be looked up and confirmed at your local city hall's clerk's office. At the same time, you can also verify that the builder you're considering is insured, just in case anything does go wrong while they are installing your pool.
While providing references on your resume or job application is becoming less and less of a requirement, it is not an unexpected request to make from your potential builder. A well-qualified builder will be happy to provide this to you as their previous happy customers are now their biggest promoters. A builder with a bad reputation will not feel comfortable with this request. Ask for a short list of previous customers with projects similar to yours, that you can contact.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB is a very well known source of verification in the business world. Whether it is a large monopoly or a small family run business, most businesses can be found here. Always check and see if your builder has a rating. If not, do a quick Google search to see if they've been reviewed elsewhere.
Get it in writing
Never hire a builder without having a contract in place. It is VERY important to closely review and have all parties sign a contract before any funds get handed over or any work begins. Be sure to obtain a copy of the contract along with all the builder's contact information; such as phone number, address, email, etc. If for any reason, you were to come in contact with a fraud without a contract, there is little that can be done after the fact. Someone that refuses to produce a contract ahead of time should immediately signal a red flag. Thank them for their time but find someone else.
Where to Find a Pool Builder
Now that we've reviewed some helpful pointers to keep in mind when hiring a pool builder, you're probably wondering where to start looking for one.
If you're buying from Royal Swimming Pools, remember we have builders across the nation that have been recommended by our existing customers. Ask your sales representative to search our Builder Database to see if we have anyone to recommend in your local area.
If we do not know of an installer in your area, there are a few helpful websites that can be great starting points for your search.
- www.craigslist.com (last resort, be cautious and follow the tips above thoroughly)
RECOMMEND YOUR BUILDER
Have you already built your pool? Did you have a great experience with your builder? The best way to say "thank you" for their hard work and dedication is by referring them! If you would like to give a kudos to your installer (and possibly get them on our recommended builder list) e-mail their contact information, some long-distance and up-close photos of your pool, as well as a recap of your experience to firstname.lastname@example.org!