Swimming pool construction is not only a complicated and laborious task, but can be dangerous for an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer. If you are interested in hiring a contractor or engineer to design and build your swimming pool, here are some tips to assist you in the process:
- Find a contractor that has the adequate credentials, licenses, experience and insurance coverage.
- The best way to find a reputable company is to ask friends or family members to give you a referral. If you don't have any luck through word of mouth, contact local trade and contracting associations to find out who their members are. In the U.S., the National Spa and Pool Institute and Master Pools Guild will help you identify qualified contractors.
- Get written price quotes from several companies. Ensure that the prices quoted by the different companies are for the same work, materials, pool accessories and features.
- Ask your contractor for names of clients who you may contact as a reference so that you can view previous jobs.
- Insist on a written contract with your contractor. Ensure the contract includes specific start and end dates, timelines, warranty information, as well as cost and payment dates.
- Finally, consider all aspects of the pool before you begin, including the shape, size and layout. And don't forget the patio and landscape design, lighting, fountains, waterfalls, coping and even an attached pool spa. Taking care of these items at the beginning is a lot less costly than adding them once the pool is built!
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