It’s important to find a reputable contractor when looking for a swimming pool kit installer. Ensure you get all estimates in writing and be prepared to keep an eye on the progress from start to finish.
You will want to check the contract thoroughly to understand what happens in any eventuality, and remember you can get your pool water shipped using a reliable poor water delivery company.
The excavation costs can run into thousands, it’s never going to be cheap. However, what happens if the contractor hits a massive rock and it can’t be removed the old-fashioned way? You’re going to pay the difference. Remember you have to take your landscaping into consideration, too- that includes your plants, flowers, trees, bird feeders, and decorations. Additionally, you will be responsible for any utility lines that need rerouted, such as sewer, water, and electrical.
Don’t take the first quote a swimming pool contractor offers, shop around and ask questions. Some of the questions you can ask include:
- Cost of installation
- What are the price differences for vinyl and fiberglass? What chemicals are used? How long do they last?
- Will the plumbing be taken care of, and what type of filtration system will be used? Why do you use that system?
- Will special plumbing be required?
- What if the pool leaks? What is the warranty? Ask for specifics.
- Do you use sub-contractors? Are you licensed and insured?
- Are you experienced in this type of installations, and do you have a portfolio?
- Will my insurance and personal property tax go up, and why?
- How much will this raise my energy costs?
- How much will an electric pool heater cost? How much will this raise my energy costs?
- How much will safety features cost, like a safety fence or a barrier?
- How much will maintenance cost for the pool water?
- Ask about the filtration systems safety features. Ask what happens if the safety features fail, and who is responsible if it does fail.
- Who fixes it- does the contractor take care of it, or is it a subcontractor- if it’s a subcontractor, who is it and why are they used?
- Ask about accessories. What will it cost to have a diving board, a slide, test kits, solid pool covers, safety pool covers, toys, and anything else you might be interested in.
- You want to know how it looks, but you should also be interested in the safety issues, the flow rate, plumbing, gradient, and filtration.
Take time to fully read any contract and understand what is included in the estimate price, and where costs could rise if the contractor runs into trouble. Always get at least 4 estimates before signing a contract. Do your homework and talk to several contractors- compare prices, models, and find out about permits, and utility lines that may be underneath, waiting to inflate your costs. You may come to the decision to go with an above ground pool kit, and that’s okay- because you can still use a professional to take care of it for you.