You have finally decided to have a swimming pool in your backyard and now you find yourself in another problem that is how to choose a pool builder. A pool is a long-term investment and you will use it for years, therefore it is very important to choose a reliable and expert pool building contractor so that you end up having a pool that will stay with you for years. pool builders offers excellent info on this.

Search for local pool building contractors

The first step is to search for local builders. You have several resources to use including yellow pages, business directories, internet directories, search engines, your social circle and many others. Instead of just scrolling through different companies, it is suggested to prepare an excel sheet and list all the suitable contractors. Make a few columns in the sheet like name, business address, phone number, website etc. If you will do it systematically, it would be convenient as well as time-saving.

Compare builders

Once you have around 10 to 15 builders in your list, you have to rate them for comparison. You need to choose your own rating scale. I would suggest developing a rating scale within excel sheet. It can include experience, certifications, associations, expertise, licensing, portfolio, customer services and others. Of course, you have to choose a scale that you can manipulate without contacting builders as we haven’t contacted any of the builders so far. These ratings would be based on your judgment and/or review (online published ones).

Getting the quote

Ratings will surely reduce your list. Based on your ratings, contact top 5 builders in the list. It is better to directly request for a quote. As you will start getting responses, update your ratings and add response time, professionalism and price into it. This will reshuffle the top 5 builders.

Your first contact

It is now time to contact the top builder (one with highest ratings). Discuss your needs and requirements. It is better to visit the office of the builder and arrange your first meeting there. If you feel comfortable with everything, move ahead and arrange another meeting at your backyard so that your builder can refine the quote.

If you don’t feel comfortable with anything, move to the 2nd builder in your list. It is not necessary to always go for the 1st builder.

Get everything in writing

Once you are done with the selection of the pool builder, get everything on paper. If your builder has offered you with any discount, warranty or any special offer, get it on paper.