If you are researching swimming pool contractors for an upcoming installation, you’ll want to take your time finding a local option with the experience needed to design and install your ideal pool.

Working with a company that has experience with the type of pool installation you are seeking is highly recommended, and you should also be sure to schedule a free consultation with your potential contractor to ask questions and become familiar with their work.

This will help you make an informed decision and ensure that you hire the best option.

Speak in Person About Their Experience

One of the first things to do is to call your swimming pool contractor to discuss their experience and get an idea about their customer service and promptness in getting back to you.

They should be able to quickly set up a phone or in-person meeting with you to discuss their experience with pool installations. Take note of their attitude and willingness to answer your questions; if they seem unwilling to be open about their prior work, it’s best to move onto another option.

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Look at Past Results

Seeing examples of your contractor’s prior installations is an absolute must when you are planning on spending a significant amount of money on a custom pool.

Talk about your specific pool design with your contractor, and ask them for examples of similar types of projects that they may have completed in the past.

Getting photo evidence is always good, but you should also try to find out if you can visit the installation sites of any similar pools that they completed in your area.

Talk to Prior Customers

Speaking to prior customers is a perfect way to find out more about their experience with their pool installation and what you can expect from the same contractor.

Things to ask:

  • Were you satisfied with the time frame of your pool installation?
  • How has your pool been functioning?
  • Did the contractor complete the installation on budget?
  • Were there any problems during the installation?
  • If so, how were they resolved?

You should be able to ask your contractor for multiple references from past happy clients and spend a few minutes speaking with them.

Make Sure Your Contractor is Licensed and Insured

You’ll always want to choose a licensed and insured contractor for your swimming pool installation. If anything goes wrong with the project, you could be on the hook if the company you are working with isn’t fully insured.

You may also be liable for any injuries to workers during the installation of your pool if your contractor isn’t both licensed and insured.

Be sure to ask questions about licensing and insurance prior to starting your project; once things are rolling, you may be on the hook for some or all of your installation’s cost.

If they aren’t a well-known company, you won’t just want to take their word for it; ask them for proof of documentation if you have any doubts at all.

Note: license and insurance requirements can vary by city or state, so it’s important to be familiar with your local laws.

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Find Out if They Can Handle Your Specific Pool Idea

Many pool ideas feature complex landscaping or require integration into your current landscape to prevent disruption to your existing setup.

Regardless of how complicated your requirements are, any good pool contractor will be able to manage it. If you find that your contractor isn’t open to your ideas, they probably aren’t worth working with.

Experienced companies will always be flexible with your particular plans and give you a great deal of freedom to choose how you want your pool to look and function—within reason.

Meet Your Contractor and Get as Much Information as Possible

Once you’ve decided on a potential contractor, it’s a good idea to set up an in-person meeting where you can go over more details about your pool idea, get an estimate, and ask some more specific questions.

Don’t work with any contractor who pressures you into signing a contract.

Prior to signing your contract, make sure that you have:

  • A good understanding of how your swimming pool will look.
  • Information about your contractor’s experience and background.
  • An accurate quote.
  • Estimated turnaround time.

Trust Experienced Swimming Pool Contractors

Working with established, successful, and experienced swimming pool contractors is always a smart decision.

With your pool being such a large investment and potentially adding significant value to your home, choosing a knowledgeable contractor will ensure that your money is wisely spent and that your pool turns out just the way you imagined it.

Carnahan Landscaping has many years of experience with installing swimming pools of all varieties and can meet with you today to discuss your ideas, provide you with examples of our past work, and answer your questions. Call us today at (281)-826-5199 or message us through our Best Pick profile to schedule a free meeting.