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How To Find A Reliable Pool Company & Save Money At Parkwood Pools we understand that when you employ a pool company to perform work on your swimming pool, you'd like things performed correcly and at a reasonable price. Over the last 30 years, we’ve seen numerous clients not obtain the results they wanted by employing a ‘jack of all trades pool company’ that said they could accomplish about every thing when it came to swimming pools. In actuality, they are able to do a lot…. of destruction, that is! So, to protect your self from getting ripped off by a swimming pool builder, we ask you to make sure you take these guidelines: 1. Verify the Swimming pool Contractor’s Insurance A swimming pool contractor’s workman's compensation insurance safeguards you if a worker is hurt on your property. Liability Insurance protects you if any of your property is damaged. The swimming pool business that you decide on shouldn’t have any problems with you contacting the insurance company to make sure that the contractor’s insurance is up to date. You could also request to have your own name on the insurance certificate. By having your name on the certificate, you are alerted if the contractor cancels the policy during your project. 2. Validate the Pool Contractor’s License The good thing is this is extremely very easy to do. To verify your swimming pool contractor’s license just go to www.sunbiz.org. If a license is relevant for your project, the state might help protect you in the event of faulty workmanship. If a permit is needed, ensure that the contractor obtains it. If you hire a contractor without being insured or a license, you’re playing with fire. 3. Get Estimates & Warranties in Writing Get all extended warranties and estimates in writing. It helps you make certain that the contractor knows specifically what you’re seeking out and, it’s extremely important for both you and the contractor to avoid any confusion over everything that you want done. Also, you need to make certain that there are not any hidden costs or fees. EVERYTHING that the contractor is billing you for really should be in writing. You want to know very well what is incorporated in the warranty, just how long the warranty is good for, and what method of payment the contractor will take. 4. Have a look at References Before you even start your search, it’s beneficial to request referrals. Nonetheless, the key here is to not feel obliged to use someone that your friend recommends even though they recommended them we encourage all of our customers to verify our references or to talk with past customers and ask them if they would employ us again, verify that we got the job done on time and also ask if there was anything they didn’t like about our work. If you just abide by these steps, you’ll be a lot better off than most people getting Pool Contractors in Sunrise Florida. And you’ll spend less on the cost of the job now and in the future. What You Need To Know Even though the law will provide some defense against fraudulent or incompetent contractors, it doesn’t guarantee honest transactions or suitable performance. Take care of your purchase by being an informed, cautious consumer. All registered contractors needs to carry general liability insurance coverage. A contractor should have a up-to-date business license, and if the contractor has employees, he or she must possess workers’ compensation coverage. Before you decide to employ a pool contractor: Plan your project very carefully. If you know what you want done and can clearly explain it, you’re less likely to misunderstand information or experience cost overruns. Ask for work references and then check them out. Whenever you can, look at the work, meet the property owner and check out a site with work in progress. Obtain references of suppliers that the contractor works together with and check out her or his payment record. Ask for a copy of the contractor’s insurance policy to confirm what is covered. Evaluate all the components of the bids, like scope of work, warranties, references, time frames and price. Attempt to foresee complications and inconveniences, such as cost overrun or cleanup, and come to an understanding with your contractor about how they shall be handled before the work begins. Once you have picked a contractor or remodeler: 1. Get yourself a written contract which includes price, payment terms, sales tax, permit fees (if applicable), the specific work to be performed, materials to be used, warranties and start and end date. It is also a good idea to include change-order processes, final review and sign-off procedures and cleanup. 2. Make regular inspections and speak to your local building department about required permits. Be sure that all permits are in place and that inspections are in order. 3. When advancing money for materials, it may be possible to make checks payable to both the contractor and the supply house or to pay the supply house directly. 4. Put all change orders in writing and ask questions as work advances. Avoid verbal contracts, and be very cautious about paying for work that has not been completed. 5. Obtain signed lien releases from all of the major subcontractors and suppliers on your job before you make final payments. Other Details You’ll need to know when getting a Swimming pool Contractor! • If a contractor is currently registered and for how much time. • If there's any impending or past action against a contractor’s bond. • Additional business names a contractor might have worked under previously. • If a contractor has ever been cited for infractions. Be leery of contractors who: • Provide credentials or work references that can’t be verified. • Offer a special price providing you sign right now or use other high-pressure sales methods. • Accept just cash, need large deposits or the complete cost in the beginning or ask you to make the payment in their name. • Do not provide a written arrangement or complete bid. • Asks you to get the building permit. Most of the time, the contractor should acquire the permits. Permits are your protection and help ensure that work will meet local building codes. • Offer you remarkably long guarantees. • Needs to complete most or everything on week-ends and after-hours. • Offers you an offer that appears "too good to be true." Guard your self with permits! • Building Permits • Electrical Permits Avoid lien problems • If any supplier of materials, worker or subcontractor will not be paid out, a lien can be filed against your home to force you to pay. You might pay double for the same work. Or worse yet, an overdue lien can lead to foreclosure on your household. (For home improvement jobs, liens are only able to be filed for the amount left past due to the general contractor.) • If you have a "notice of intent" to submit a lien on your residence, ask your general contractor to offer you lien release documents from the supplier or subcontractor who has sent this notice. The contractor needs to supply you with more details about lien release documents if you ask for it. Some Good Things to ask when Signing on with Pool Contractor • Do they accept projects of your size? ? • Are they in a position to give financial references, from vendors or banks? • Would they provide you a list of former clients? • How many other jobs might they also have going at the same time? • How long have they worked with their sub-contractors? The solutions to these questions can tell you the company's availability, reliability, exactely how much attention they will be capable of giving the project and exactly how effortlessly the job may go. Meet One on one It's vital that you two communicate well because this person could be at your house . or place of work for days at a time. Having said that, never allow personality trick you. Check in with your state's consumer protection agency and your local Better Business Bureau to ensure that the Pool Contractors in South Florida don't have a history of disputes with clients or subcontractors. A Great Contractor Will: • Set a Payment Schedule Payment schedules could also give you a clue of the contractor's financial position and work ethic. When they want half the estimate upfront, they might have financial difficulties or be apprehensive that you won't pay the rest once you have seen the work. For large assignments, a schedule usually starts with 10 percent at contract signing, three payments of 25 percent evenly spaced over the length of the project and a check for the final 15 percent once you feel every item on the punch list has been completed. • Put it in Writing A great licensed contractor will draft a contract that details every step of the project: payment schedule; proof of liability insurance and worker's compensation payments; a start date and projected completion date; specific materials and products to be used; and a requirement that the contractor obtain lien releases (which safeguard you if he doesn't pay his bills) from all subcontractors and suppliers. Insisting on a clear contract isn't about mistrust; it's about insuring a good renovation. • Lastly, understand that as soon as a change is made or a issue uncovered, the price just increased and the project just got longer. The four most expensive words in the English language? "While you're at it...." • Also Remember Don't Let Price Be Your Guide Beyond technical competence, comfort should play an equal or greater role in your decision. The single most important factor in choosing a contractor is how well you and he communicate. All things being equal, it's better to spend more and get someone you're comfortable with. You shouldn't Enticed by These Contractor Lines 1. This offer runs out today. Virtually all bids are good for Calendar month so clients can mull over decisions and get loans. 2. You obtain a refund if we use your house as a model for our work. A sales scam, this price is usually higher than the quote you’d get elsewhere. 3. I’ll provide you a price just from looking. Bids come in writing, and only after careful inspection. If you don’t really know what the bid is based on, how can you negotiate a better deal? 4. I don’t give out information for past clients. A very good contractor is happy to make available personal references. It is important to follow-up and confirm that those clients are content with the work. 5. A simple handshake will do.? Get it in writing. A contract helps to protect you and the contractor should some thing go wrong. 6. I’ll cut you a deal if you pay with cash. A contractor can reduce his rate by not reporting your transaction as profits and, consequently, by failing to pay taxes. This is fraud. 7. You’ll have to get the work permits. A contractor who can’t get permits for a job probably isn’t licensed in your area, or his license was revoked. 8. For an extra fee, I’ll provide a guarantee. Guarantees are built into most contracts at no charge and cover the job for a given period, usually one year.
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