Having a pool installed in your back yard is a major financial commitment so you need to make sure that you hire the right company to carry out the installation work. While most Toronto homeowners will of course inquire about the cost of a new pool before hiring any particular contractor, there are many more factors to consider that they may not know about. If you are currently thinking about adding a swimming pool to your home, you should bear in mind the factors below. By finding out about all of them, you will greatly increase the chances that your new pool will be everything you had hoped for. You will also lower the odds of running into any difficulties during the installation process and beyond.
Your Pool Company: What You Need to Know
Before you make a verbal commitment or sign a written contract, you should make sure that you know all of the following facts about the pool firm with which you are thinking of doing business.
- Where They Are Based – It is not particularly important that the company you deal with is based in a fashionable part of Toronto but what you will want to make sure of is that they have a proper office and showroom in the area. If you know where they are based, you can pop in whenever you are near and check out what sort of firm they really are.
- Their Track Record – You should find out how many jobs the pool company you are going to hire has completed in the past few years and, more importantly, whether they have actually failed to complete an installation at any time in the past. Smaller firms with cash flow issues that sometimes lead to them having to down tools and walk away from a job are best avoided, for obvious reasons.
- Their Insurance Status – You should only ever deal with a pool contractor that has generous liability cover. In the event of damage to your property or an injury to a member of the contractor’s team during the installation process, all repairs and medical costs will be paid for by the insurers. If the pool company you are thinking of hiring has inadequate insurance or even worse, no insurance at all, you would have to pay these costs if they were unable to.
- Their Policy on Design Changes – Some companies charge exorbitant fees for changes to the design of a pool after work has begun whereas others take a more reasonable approach. Unless the design changes entail the destruction of work already completed and the purchasing of expensive new materials, it should be possible to action them for a reasonable fee. If the company you are speaking to appears to have an unreasonable design change policy, you may want to talk to another contractor.
- Whether They Offer a Discount for Delayed Installations – If a pool company is unable to complete an installation by the agreed date, they should be willing to offer compensation for the delay. A suitably-worded penalty clause in the contract will take care of this matter.
- How They Deal with Overages – When more pool surround tiles are needed than originally calculated or more coping, some contractors may inflate the price of these materials to make more money. Others will agree a unit cost for overages at the beginning of the contract. You want to deal with the latter type of contractor of course.
To make sure the pool company you deal with is capable of providing you with everything you need at a reasonable price, call M.E. Contracting today!