Choosing a contractor for any major home improvement project is a big decision. When that project involves a pool — something that symbolizes a family’s dreams and fantasies about “the good life” — whom to trust with the project can take on extra significance. It’s best, however, when staring at a long list of Dallas pool builders to remember that this isn’t about a dream, it’s about a project with specifications and deadlines and to choose someone who can meet those efficiently and, hopefully, cost-effectively.
When hiring any type of building contractor, homeowners will consult with friends and family members for recommendations or ask neighbors or co-workers about their own experiences with a similar project. Once they have a list of names, they need to carefully investigate each company or independent contractor. One of the best things to do is to check with the BBB and other consumer agencies to see if there have been complaints lodged against a company and, most importantly, how they handled those complaints. Another thing to check is that they have the proper licenses and insurance to complete the work.
Once the list is narrowed down to two or three pool builders, then the customer should meet with each to discuss their specific project and get estimates. They can also use this time to inspect the builder’s office and showroom, if they have one, to get a general impression of them. Then it’s a matter of looking at the various estimates and considering the reputation and personality of the builder, and making a final decision.