Remodeling a pool is a task that’s challenging enough on its own. Unless you’ve been remodeling swimming pools for a living, you’re going to need the help of a professional. In finding the right pool remodeling company, that’s another story. That said, many swimming pool owners take the time to do their own research to find the best pool contractor, one that has the skills and the know-how that matches their vision. You don’t want to pay for a service that won’t give you the result you need. That said, we’ll help you with some tips on how you can find the right pool professionals for your pool remodeling project. So, get your notes ready because we’re about to start – seriously, you’ll need your notes.
You have to start somewhere, right? One good way to find a good pool contractor is by asking around. Start by asking from friends and families that recently had their pools remodeled. Chances are, they’ll talk to you about their experience with the pool company they’ve commissioned and from here, you can gauge whether to give them a go.
Fun fact…even in the pool industry, the best form of marketing is still by word of mouth. A simple recommendation from a friend or a relative increases a pool company’s chance of landing a new client. That’s why those who care about their business do their best to have good business relationships with their customers. On that note, it’s very seldom that you hear a friend or a family member give a pool professional they’ve worked with a thumbs down. On the rare occasion that they do, you’d best remember and keep away from these pool companies.
Who else would you trust that people from your inner circle? The feedback you’ll receive from them about their experience dealing with a pool remodeling company is typically truthful and honest.
If you can’t find a relative or a friend who’s had their pool renovated, go online where everything is. Look for nearby pool companies and check them out. You can search through different online platforms like Yelp and even on social media. It’s rare to find a pool company that misses out on making a strong online presence, especially at this time where everything can be found online. Like our first tip, make sure to check what people have to say about them. Look at their customer reviews, but make sure to take these reviews with a pinch of salt. Nevertheless, it takes impeccable service to make a paying customer leave a satisfying review. However, on that same note, it takes relatively bad service for a customer to leave a negative review. Take them into consideration and check out how each nearby pool contractor stack up against each other.
Look for a licensed business.
A good review is one thing, but licensure and accreditation are another. Look for a pool contractor that has a current and a valid license to operate or at least some sort of accreditation from reliable groups or your local state government.
In California, a pool professional aiming to land a license must have at least four years of performing and supervising pool-related services. These include anything from pool cleaning to pool remodeling services. That requirement alone gives you the peace of mind that the pool company you’re going to be shaking hands with knows exactly what they’re doing. Four years of practicing your craft (and on a daily basis) give you an edge in knowing what works and what doesn’t when remodeling swimming pools. This valuable experience also allows pool companies to build strong ties with pool material manufacturers like pool plaster and pool pebble mixtures as well as pool tile products. They’ll know where to get the most durable products on the market and if you’re lucky, they might be able to get it for you at a good price.
Furthermore, a licensed pool professional will have a team that’s bonded, licensed, and insured.
Check the company portfolio.
This part here’s important. When checking out pool companies online, check their company portfolio. It could be a page or a PDF file where they’ve compiled their previous projects and is kind of like putting their best foot forward. From here, you can check how well these pool professionals deliver and how the projects they’ve executed look like. It’s also going to be a great opportunity for you to see how well they can match your preference when it comes to the aesthetic aspects of pool remodeling. Take the time to browse pictures and look at the details of their work. We know it takes a trained eye to see the particulars of a finished pool remodeling project, but from here, you can visualize how your backyard will look like after they’re done working on it.
If you feel that you like what you see, you can also look for inspiration that can help you when remodeling your pool.
Ask for a quote.
When you’ve already settled on several pool companies, take the time to ask them for a quote. You’ll be surprised to see that different pool company will quote different figures – and make sure you ask for them to put it in writing.
From there, compare the prices that each pool contractor has to offer and also look for other services they have to offer. Many pool companies offer bundled services and some even offer in-house pool financing services which could be useful if you want to turn your backyard into a resort.
So, there you have it. Some of the most useful tips that can help you find the best swimming pool contractor for your next pool remodeling project. The key is to narrow down your choices until you find the right company that best suits your needs and even your budget. Pool remodeling doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the right company to back you up, you’re sure to get the best results.
Chetan Sharma is a blogger and digital marketer by profession. He handles a network of multiple websites like Sheni Blog & various others. He helps clients all over the world to achieve digital success.