Cantor’s Corner: Building a Pool
Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
by Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
You’ve heard the horror stories about pool contractors digging a hole, collecting a big check and then leaving homeowners hanging. Between fraudulent contractors and many companies going out of business during the economic downturn, it’s imperative to choose a reputable company when building a pool.
As we recommend for hiring any contractor, start by checking references, visiting recently completed projects and speaking to past clients to hear about their experience.
If you start planning now, you and your family could be enjoying a new pool by summer. I recommend the design-build approach that starts with a conceptual plan to make it easy for you to visualize. When you’re building a pool, it’s important to visualize the impact it will have on your space.
Before you sign a contract, get everything in writing including materials, equipment, total cost, payment schedule and time frame. Make sure to get an insurance certificate naming you as additional insured as well as proof of general liability and worker’s compensation insurance.
Selecting the right pool builder will pay off once the process gets started. A pool is a lifetime investment, so a company with a great reputation and longevity can be the key to a painless build and ongoing maintenance.
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