It’s a nightmarish situation too many people have been in before. You decide you want to invest in a pool to create unforgettable memories for your family. You try your best to find a responsible contractor. While they may seem responsible, two months into your project the beloved pool you’ve waited so long for is abandoned. Your backyard becomes an algae ridden mess, with half finished construction shadowing your every move and making a significant dent in your wallet. Though this is an unfortunate situation that is difficult to get out of, it can be avoided.
We know that it is not easy finding someone to trust when you have decided to take on a pool construction project. The best way to begin your search is to look at reviews from neighbors, community members, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Someone who is satisfied with their own completed project is the best source you have. BBB recommends getting at least three estimates from different contractors, but do not immediately go for the lowest bid.
Make sure to check bankruptcy reports by contractor’s name. If you are like this couple, after your contractor abandons your project without a refund, you might learn that he had previously filed bankruptcy under a separate company name. Try to find this information out before signing contracts to save yourself some serious trouble.
Once you’ve found your contractor, make sure to thoroughly read your contract. Really take the time to understand everything that’s in there, you are bound by what’s in this contract once you sign it. Make sure that anything your contractor verbally promises you goes into the contract, otherwise there’s no knowing if it will be fulfilled.
Don’t forget about the little things, like cleanup of debris and materials afterwards. If any updates to your contract need to be made, there may be an option for a “change order” form and include any change in price. Once that form is signed it becomes part of the contract. You should never put a down deposit that totals more than 10% of the project, help protect yourself and your money from scams! Also, always keep your own copy of the updated and final contract on hand to handle any disputes.
We know that taking on a pool project is no simple task. American Pool is always here to help our customers with any questions or concerns they may have. We love hearing from you! Deciding on where in your backyard you’d like your pool to be should be your toughest decision! Leave the rest up to the professionals.
3 Things to Remember
- Find friends or community members who have taken on similar projects and use their recommendations.
- Check online reports of bankruptcy and fraud for any professional you are thinking about hiring.
- Don’t forget to read your contract thoroughly; if you are unsure of anything, do not sign it!