Permit Identification Number
Any contractor that goes by the book will have a Permit Identification Number. This number can be looked up and confirmed at your local city hall's clerk's office. At the same time, you can also verify that the builder you're considering is insured, just in case anything does go wrong while they are installing your pool.
A well-qualified builder will be happy to provide this to you as their previous happy customers are now their biggest promoters. A builder with a bad reputation will not feel comfortable with this request. Ask for a short list of previous customers with projects similar to yours, that you can contact.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB is a very well known source of verification in the business world. Whether it is a large monopoly or a small family run business, most businesses can be found here. Always check and see if your builder has a rating. If not, do a quick Google search to see if they've been reviewed elsewhere.
Get It In Writing
Never hire a builder without having a contract in place. It is VERY important to closely review and have all parties sign a contract before any funds get handed over or any work begins. Someone that refuses to produce a contract ahead of time should immediately signal a red flag. Thank them for their time but find someone else. Don't forget to obtain a copy of the contract along with all the builder's contact information; such as phone number, address, email, etc. If for any reason, you were to come in contact with a fraud without a contract, there is little that can be done after the fact.
Now that we've reviewed some helpful pointers to keep in mind when hiring a pool builder, you're probably wondering where to start looking for one.
If you're buying from Royal Swimming Pools, remember we have builders across the nation that have been recommended by our existing customers. Ask your sales representative to search our Builder Database to see if we have anyone to recommend in your local area.
If we do not know of an installer in your area, there are a few helpful websites that can be great starting points for your search.