The permits and licensing for building a swimming pool vary from state to state. In most cases a general contractor will subcontract out the work for building a swimming pool to a professional pool builder. Hiring a Pool Contractor over a General Contractor is often advisable. Swimming pools have many different facets involved with construction that General Contractors simply aren’t aware or prepared to tackle on their own.
In certain states like California, there is a specific license required by the State Contractors licensing board (CSLB) in the field of work that needs to be performed for any specialty contracting job of $500 or more. Swimming Pools, spas, and hot tubs can only be built and installed by licensed contractors with a C-53 Swimming Pool Contractors license. In Texas however, you only need a general contractors license in order to build a pool. The laws vary from state to state, it’s advised to search the local laws for your city/town/municipality. It’s also advised to search the builders current license status as well as find out the status of their insurance coverage.
Many homeowners try to save money by choosing a general contractor instead of hiring a pool contractor. In the long run, this can wind up actually costing you thousands of dollars extra. Typically a general contractor will subcontract our the facets of construction they are inexperienced with and tack on a 30-40% upcharge for managing the project. Hiring a professional pool builder is always the best recourse.
General contractors normally avoid this type of specialty work because they aware of the number of different elements and specialties involved with installing a pool. There are many skilled trades needed for swimming pool installation. A general contractor can provide project management and oversight of the entire project but will typically hire a skilled tradesman to perform specialty work on different phases of construction.
Because most General Contractors have the resources to find subcontractors. If laws permit, a General Contractor can accept the project of building a swimming pool. Many will subcontract out the elements that require specialized skills or tools. Here are a few of the construction phases a General Contractor will normally subcontract out to other tradesmen.
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