- Talk to a minimum of three contractors about your project. Look for firms that have been in the pool and spa building industry for at least five years.
- Always check past and prior financial status of potential contractor. Many pool builders are here one day and gone the next.
- Never allow a builder to rush you into signing a contract, and never sign a contract that you donít understand. Donít be embarrassed to take a few days to study a document before you sign it. Ask questions, questions, and more questions.
- Always make sure that a contractor is insured and licensed. Ask to see insurance certificates for both general liability and workers compensation, and a license in the name of the individual building your pool or spa. Call the insurance companies and State of Michiganís contractorís board to confirm validity, (517) 241-9254.
- Have a prepared pool/spa plan and materials list drawn up and take bids on each.
- Always check credentials and talk to references, especially the firmsí three most recent clients.
- Ask to see a job being currently installed.
- Questions to ask include: Did the builder start and finish on time? Were there any surprises during the job-such as a change in price? Was it easy to get in touch with the contractor while the construction was in progress? Would you hire this contractor again?
- Does the contractor have a place to view pools and all the equipment that they sell? It is always best to visit the contractorís place of business before you buy!
- Remember that the lowest bid is not always the best. Take a critical look at all bids, estimates and offers-and make sure you get them in writing.
- Contact the firmís primary material supplier to ask if the contractor pays bills on time and whether the supplier would recommend the firm.
- Never pay more than ten percent of the estimate as a down payment. Plan to pay the remaining amount in installments linked to the specific phases of the project.
- Never pay a contractor in cash. Use cashierís checks or money orders and get a receipt.
- Is your pool builder a member of the National Spa-N-Pool Institute and Better Business Bureau?
- Never make your final payment until you completely understand how your pool/spa and related equipment operate.
- Remember, the more time you spend planning your pool/spa project and checking out the credentials of your contractor, the less time youíll spend complaining later.
|Out of all the swimming pool contractors working in Michigan, we here at Midwest Fiberglass Pool Distributors, Inc., are thrilled to be ranked number one. We take our top-ranked status seriously. Instead of feeling like we can now rest on our laurels, being number one makes us want to work even harder for you.
|We have some suggestions for picking a great contractor, and the first piece of advice may surprise you: We suggest you talk to at least three different swimming pool contractors before settling on one. Yes, weíre encouraging you to talk to the competition. We know that some of our competitors will try to woo you by offering slightly lower prices than we do. Keep in mind, however, that the lowest price is often not the best value. The best value comes from those swimming pool contractors who can get the job done the right way, on time, with no hidden costs, and no legal headaches.
|Before choosing a contractor, youíll want to ask for references. Youíll especially want references from very recent jobs, and may even want to see a site that is currently built. Youíll also want to talk to the contractorís sub-contractors. If your contractor runs out of money before he can pay the sub-contractors who helped build your pool, the sub-contractors can put a lien on your house. Itís surprising, but true. Donít let your wise decision to install an in-ground pool turn into the biggest legal headache of your life!
|Youíll also want proof that your contractor is insured and licensed. Donít take his word for it Ė ask to see the license and insurance certificates. Donít feel embarrassed about making demands like these of a contractor. Itís so much better to be a little uptight about choosing the contractor than it is to suffer property damage or legal headaches at the hands of a crummy contractor.