Swimming pools can be a substantial investment, particularly in-ground pools. Better Business Bureau advises consumers to research pool contractors carefully and to consider pool maintenance before you dive into a backyard pool project.
Pools require frequent cleaning during the season, and proper closing and opening at the end and beginning of a season. Consumers need to think about how their family will use the pool, weigh the expense and decide what type fits their budget and space.
BBB advises consumers to:
- Obtain at least three bids and compare them. Make sure the bids specify the quantity, brand, size and color of materials.
- Make sure the contractor’s paperwork is in order. Ask to see the contractor’s license and certificates of insurance. If you have any questions, contact the appropriate licensing board.
- Ask for references and check them out.
- Check BBB Business Reviews to see whether a contractor has been the subject of complaints and whether the complaints have been resolved.
- Find out who will be doing the actual work – the contractor’s employees or subcontractors.
- Obtain lien waivers from suppliers.
- Find out whether the builder can make site and soil evaluations for your property. Consider whether grading or landscaping work will be needed to finish a pool to your satisfaction.
- Ask about warranties, maintenance and repairs after the pool is completed.