There will be a lot of fun but somewhat tricky steps along the way as you prepare for your new backyard pool. Keep in mind that it will be a process which will include numerous important choices and actions which must be taken in the correct sequence. Six initial steps to address when you start the process were covered in prior posts in this series (see Parts 1 and 2). You should first get in touch with a nearby swimming pool builder, choose a deadline, and think about your financing alternatives. Following that, it will be time to assess your own use of the planned pool, take future goals into account, and be practical about pool care.
Now it’s time to start making preparations and to employ a trusted swimming pool constructor. The more inquiries you make and the more clearly you communicate your plans at the beginning of this process, as with any commercial relationship or transaction, the better the results are more likely to be.
Verify Contractor Credentials
Before choosing a pool contractor, be sure the person has more than just an excellent website to self-endorse them. There is more to it than just checking that the people you hire are licensed and insured. Effective communication skills are also essential for the contact person (often the construction manager), as they will be crucial for formulating plans and dealing with any obstacles that will unavoidably arise in a project of this size. Here, first impressions are crucial. As you have that initial chat (pre-contract), take into account the following questions:
- Do you think your individual issues are being taken into account and that you are being truly heard?
- Is the contractor more focused in learning about your preferences or in obtaining your down payment?
- Does this person appear to value interaction as well as teamwork?
Establish a Contract
You should put a contract in place as soon as you choose a contractor. This document will include information about costs and the scope of the project, but it will also be crucial to maintain open and honest communication throughout the process in order to ensure that the outcome is what you were hoping for and to lessen the stress that can accompany any significant building project or addition.
Do Your Part to Clearly Explain
Of course, communication is a two-way street. You must play a part in the process as well. A professional contractor will ask several questions to ensure that they fully comprehend your wants and preferences. To make sure you don’t leave anything out when you discuss the plans, have pictures and sketches of what you are hoping for available as well as a list of specifics which you want to include.
In case there are any misunderstandings along the line, having a paper trail to refer to rather than just verbal (or text message) contact will help to offer a record of your requests. If your contractor specifically lists every element of what you discuss in your contract, including any significant brand names for certain pool components, you can determine whether effective communication has indeed taken place.
Continue reading with Part 4.
• Your Off-Season Spa: Outdoor Features for Cooler Weather
• Tips & Tricks for DIY Pool Maintenance
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