5 Questions to Ask a Pool Contractor Before Hiring Them



Want to spruce up your backyard? Consider adding a pool to it. In addition to improving the curb appeal of your house, a pool can boost its value. Once you have decided to install a pool in your house, the first thing to do is find a contractor who deserves your trust.

Not all pool contractors are created equal. Some self-proclaimed “know-all experts” make tall promises, but fail to deliver on them. Steer clear of such contractors. Once you shortlist candidates, call their offices to schedule appointments. Before meeting the pool contractor you are considering, create a questionnaire.

Consider asking them these questions to assess their expertise.

How Long Have You Been Installing, Fixing, Renovating, and Maintaining Pools?

Pool building and renovation projects require specialized skills. You will want to hire a contractor who knows what they’re doing and has been in the business for a while. An experienced contractor can bring your vision to life and help you choose the right shape, size and amenities for your pool.

Can You Provide References? 

A reputable pool contractor would be happy to provide references. Instead of taking everything that a pool contractor says at face value, verify their claims. Talk to references. Ask them if their projects were completed on time and within their budget, how the contractor ensured seamless communication, whether they are happy with the final product, and if they’d hire the professional in future.

What Types of Pools Do You Specialize In? 

There are different types of pools including in-ground pools, above-ground pools, architectural pools, lap pools, infinity pools and indoor pools. Some contractors are better equipped to handle certain types of pool construction than others. You will want to hire a pool contractor who specializes in the pool you are planning to build.

How Long Do You Expect the Project to Take?

Depending on the complexity of your project, it can take several weeks to a few months to complete. An experienced contractor can calculate project duration to give you a better idea of project timelines and task duration.

Some factors that can affect project duration include the size of the pool, its location, and the time of the year. After visiting your house and assessing these and other factors at play, your contractor can provide you an estimated timeline for your project.

What Kind of Warranty Can I Expect?

Pool warranties can be broadly classified into two categories – manufacturer warranties and contractor warranties. A manufacturer warranty usually covers pool equipment such as the pool pump, lights, and heater, whereas, a contractor warranty covers workmanship.

Your contractor should be able to explain what your warranty does and doesn’t cover and what can void it. If you are considering multiple contractors, evaluate the warranty offered by every contractor and then make a decision.

H & H Pools is a trusted pool contractor serving the St. Louis Metro area. Our pros have years of experience building functional and aesthetically pleasing pools. To discuss your project with our team, call (636) 209-8449.