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How do I Choose the Best Above Ground Pool Installer?

Harriette Halepis
Harriette Halepis

While most above ground pools are easy to install on your own, it may be wise to hire an above ground pool installer if you do not think that you can accomplish the task without professional assistance. As with any kind of contractor, it is important to take your time finding the right installation expert for the job. Begin by finding out all you can about a company's past.

Before you gain the first installation estimate, ask company owners how long they have been in business. Even if a company has been in business for ten years, you'll want to find out if that company has ever had a different name. Some companies change names after facing financial or other problems. Any reputable business owner should not hesitate to disclose this information to you. Confirming this information with the Better Business Bureau is also a wise idea.

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It is also vital that you hire a professional who holds a valid license. Regardless of whether or not your state requires a contractor to have a license, those people who take the time to gain this type of certification are generally dedicated to their profession. In addition, a contractor who does not have a license may not be legally liable for any damage done to your pool.

Another important step in choosing an above ground pool installer is to find out about an installer's insurance. If the contractor you choose is not insured, you could be setting yourself up for disaster. Likewise, make sure to gain all warranty information before you hire any installer. Parts and workmanship should be under warranty prior to installation.

You may also want to spend some time researching a specific company online. Many consumer forums include details that pertain to various contracting companies. Find out if someone has lodged a complaint against a company or if one company is better than another. Frequently, consumers will spend a good deal of time rating a company that has done a particularly good, or bad, job.

Speaking with friends and family members who have above ground pools is another good idea. Ask about an above ground pool installer that a friend or family member used, and find out if the person you know would hire the same company again. You can also ask any neighbors you have who currently have an above ground pool. Often, the best references come from those people who have hired an above ground pool installer once before. By following the aforementioned advice, you should be able to find an above ground pool installer who can get the job done right.

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