How to Choose a Pool Builder
For most homeowners, the addition of a swimming pool is an exciting event. A well-designed pool transforms a backyard and opens up new opportunities for home-based entertainment and recreation. The process of choosing among all the various styles, shapes, and amenities is important and something that the entire family can enjoy. The choice of the pool contractor is equally important and wise consumers put some time and effort into this decision. A pool represents not only a significant investment but is a permanent addition to your home site and a few simple steps can greatly reduce the chance of making a regrettable mistake.
A review of the yellow pages and the internet reveal that most major metropolitan areas have over one hundred businesses that fall into the Swimming Pool Contractor category. At any given point in time, about eighty percent of these are actively in business and engaged in the construction of pools. They range from large national companies to small independents. Some are local companies that operate under a national franchise name. Some are local companies with multiple offices and large sales forces. Some advertise; some do not. Each of these groups includes good builders that satisfy their customers and unfortunately, each group also includes builders that continually fail to measure up. As in most industries, it is possible to look beyond the glossy advertising and examine the basics with any pool building company.
In addition to ensuring that any builder has a good reputation, you will also want to look at the stability of the company and make certain that the proposed terms of their work is fair and in accordance with industry standards. There are several sources for this kind of information: First is the Better Business Bureau. Although the BBB offers more in some cities than others, it almost always provides some form of company report that indicates a builder’s ability to avoid complaints. It also may provide information about the structure and ownership of the company as well as the age of the business. Often, the BBB can also provide written advice on the selection of a pool contractor and on the pitfalls of entering into a builder’s agreement. Secondly, the Secretary of State in each state capital maintains public records on all corporations and LLC’s. This will provide information on the age of the company and the true owners of record. Lastly, most county clerk offices maintain public records of assumed names. A check of this will sometimes reveal a builder that habitually changes their DBA every few years, a definite red flag. A thorough review of these sources will provide the home owner with the knowledge necessary to compare one builder with another.
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