Swimming pools can be one of the best ways for families to enjoy time outside during hot summer months. Although much fun can be had, swimming pools can also be a considerable investment, especially in-ground pools. Pools require frequent cleaning during the season, and proper closing and opening at the end and beginning of a season.
There are other factors to consider before diving head first into a backyard pool project. You may want a deck built around all or a portion of your pool or you may want landscaping for visual appeal. Make sure you know what you want the final product to look like before starting your project. Going in prepared will help keep unexpected expenses minimized.
Consumers need to think about how their family will use the pool, weigh the expense and decide what type fits their budget and space. If you decide a swimming pool is right for your family, Better Business Bureau has some advice to help you get started.
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.
For more BBB tips or to research a contractor, go to bbb.org or call 573-803-3190.