As when hiring any tradesman or contractor you should do your due diligence. At the very least you should look for a contractor who is licensed through the California State Licensing Board and who is held in good standing.
You should look for a Contractor who holds a C53 Swimming Pool Contractors License. This means the contractor is qualified to construct swimming pools, spas or hot tubs, including installation of solar heating equipment using those trades or skills necessary for such construction. Authority cited: Sections 7008 and 7059, Reference: Sections 7058 and 7059 (Business and Professions Code)
At Islander Pools we hold a C53, Swimming Pool Contractors License, and also hold a B ,General Building Contractor License.
We recommend that you look for a contractor who has a significant amount of experience and who receives favorable reviews on sites such as ‘Customer Lobby’, ‘Yelp’ and the ‘Better Business Bureau’. Ask to see samples of their work and don’t forget to ask for references.
If the contractor you are considering is NOT registered with the California State Licensing Board you should view this as a red flag. Even company sales people are legally required to be registered with the state.
Be very wary if the contractor has a second party, Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) – this often means they are operating under someone else’s license and not their own. This also means they may not have completed the required education and testing to meet the states requirements.