APSP Recommends You Ask These Questions Before Hiring a Pool Builder
Having your own private in ground pool can be quite the luxury, but only if it is installed properly. If you hire an inexperienced, under-qualified or undependable contractor, you could find yourself in a nightmare instead of in a relaxing pool.
Hiring pool builders is not likely something you or your friends do frequently. So, how can you know how to identify a strong company? The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) recommends that you ask the following questions.
How Can You Help?
This is a simple, but important question. Ask your potential pool builder how they will help you achieve the pool design that you want. Have them go through the steps they will complete to give you a finished product. The builder should be able to clearly articulate a basic plan that you can understand, even if you do not have any construction experience.
Are You Certified, Licensed and Insured?
An experienced and reputable pool builder should have no hesitation when it comes to answering this question. Check to see that the company or the employees are APSP certified and that they adhere to APSP standards. You can also find out if the company is licensed and, if so, which licenses they hold.
It is also very important to ask about the pool builder’s insurance coverage. There should be a policy in place that protects you from liability if one of their employees or subcontractors is injured during the project. Ask which insurance company you can contact to receive proof of this insurance.
Do You Have Certifications from Certain Manufacturers?
Some contractors will be certified to use specific brands and products. They receive this certification directly from the manufacturers, usually after proving their competency with the products. If the pool builder is certified to install the specific components you want for your pool, this could give you a better chance for a successful installation.
Do You Know About the Latest Energy Efficiency Technology?
Rapid advancements are being made in the world of energy efficiency, and this includes pool installation. There may be pool automation systems or other products that could significantly reduce the amount of energy used to maintain your pool.
It is important to choose a pool builder who is up to date regarding the best energy efficient systems, products and installation techniques. When choosing a builder, ask them about how they stay current regarding the latest advancements and how they feel they can minimize your energy usage.
What if I Have Problems After Installation?
Ask about the warranty policies and procedures followed by your potential pool builders. Be sure to understand what is covered and how you would go about making a claim, if there is a problem.
Some pool installation companies provide ongoing service, repair and maintenance, but some do not. Ask your pool builder how they handle these issues before you confirm the installation. It can be very valuable to choose an installer that guarantees satisfaction and who will make any necessary repairs or adjustments.
Other Information You Should Receive
In addition to the questions above, recommended by the APSP, there are other ways that you can get to know a pool builder. One of the best ways to know if you have found the right builder is to ask about other jobs they have completed that are similar to yours.
Ask the pool builder to describe previous work that would show that they are qualified and capable in regards to your specific plans. A well-established pool installation company will be able to do this with ease.