Many Americans across the nation are and have been plotting on water fun for their homes. Instead of heading out to the pool, you can bring swimming done by adding a pool to your backyard. Or if you’re looking for a day of relaxation without leaving your residence, you can have a hot tub or spa installed. According to a recent survey conducted by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, also known as APSP, about 82% of homeowners are interested in adding one of the aforementioned waterworks to their properties.
Some may find it a surprise that owning a pool, hot tub or spa isn’t as expensive as one may think. Today, you can find advanced systems that are easy to operate and maintain, plus they consume much less energy, which means more in your pocket each month after paying power bills. This is a great time to purchase a pool, hot tub and/or spa for your home, especially since it’s home improvement month.
Here are a few tips for finding a contractor to install it for you:
- Go by experience: It is very necessary that the contractor you hire for the job has experience. Having a rookie or someone who is unfamiliar with installing pools and hot tubs should not be hired for the job. This runs too much risk of you getting a poor job done. Make sure they have done work similar to what you’re looking for. You can even ask to see their portfolio of work done. Try to see if you can find photos of backyards that look similar to yours (slopes, drainage problems, etc.) with the size hot tub, spa or pool that you’re looking to have installed.
- Find a great deal: It goes without saying that you should try to find a contractor that is within your budget. Try searching for someone that is experienced and affordable. You can obtain free cost estimates from multiple contractors to help you find a deal that you’re comfortable with. Keep in mind the cost for the materials that you will be using and the design (if custom made), along with any warranties that you will be purchasing.
- Safety comes first: Make sure that you are protected against fraud and financial risks by checking to see if the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. If they are unwilling to provide you with these details, then do not hire them for the job.
- Having the same vision: Does the contractor you are interviewing really see your vision? The last thing you want is to hire a contractor, only to have an end result that looks nothing like you expected (and not in a good way). You can avoid this mishap by having a full understanding of what’s to be done. The contractor can also give you insight in regards to where you should have the installation and how it should be done. As long as the two of you remain on the same page, there shouldn’t be any problems.