Having a swimming pool at home is great, but before you can enjoy it, you have to find a trustworthy pool contractor, which is not child’s play. There are many pool companies on the market, some of them advertising high quality at unbeatable prices, but, if you want your investment to be sustainable, you have to look beyond ads and have an honest conversation with your local contractor. Communication is the best way to make sure you receive the services you paid for and avoid misunderstandings. If you don’t know where to start, here are some questions that you should ask the swimming pool company.
How many years of experience do you have?
Although you shouldn’t necessarily avoid newly established companies, it’s much safer to work with a contractor that has several years of experience. Surviving on a competitive market is a sign of high quality services, so ask company representatives when they started working in the field and if they are a part of specialized groups and associations.
Can I see a portfolio with your projects?
Do not trust contractors who cannot provide proof of their work, because you could be scammed. A company’s portfolio is one of the best ways to ensure that it is really professional and able to provide the products it advertises. Most modern companies have a special portfolio category on their website, so you can look there, but, if there isn’t one available, ask them to send photos.
Do you have a showroom?
When establishing what kind of pool you want (inground, above ground, hot tubs), looking at photos might not be enough. Sometimes, you need to do things the classic way and ask your contractor if you can visit the showroom. This way, you can see what pools look like with your own eyes and get personalized advice from the company representatives.
How long does it take to install a pool?
There are many people who forget to clarify this with their local pool company and then they are disappointed because installation is taking too long. Depending on the complexity of the project, it can take anywhere from 24 hours to a full week, so make sure you ask about this in advance. For example, if you want to order a custom pool, with components that are not in stock, shipping alone can take up to seven days.
What about swimming pool maintenance?
Your contact with the swimming pool company does not end after they install and deliver the product. To make the most out of your swimming pool, you’ll need to maintain it properly, depending on the materials it is made of and the conditions of use. If you neglect this process, not only can the pool become a threat to your health, but also a financial liability. Ideally, the contractor you chose should help you with maintenance or least provide an extensive set of maintenance guidelines. Also, you should ask if they offer ongoing support in case.