What Rights Do I Have While Building a Pool?
Blog, Pool Construction
Building a pool comes with numerous considerations on the part of the homeowner, and it’s important to know what “rights” you have regarding the construction process and how to deal with the pool company. As the client, it’s important to do your due diligence and know your rights. Below you’ll find a number of things to consider throughout the pool building process.
Would you feel awkward asking your pool builder to let you talk to their previous customers? Luckily, you don’t have to. With social media and online reviews, you can learn almost anything you want to know about a company. Of course, you’ll find some negative reviews, but look at how the company responded and worked to resolve the issue.
A professional pool builder should have a website where they not only show off their work but also proudly display any certifications or documents that show some level of professional affiliation. Many of these industry organizations provide standards for the pool industry while ensuring their members keep to those standards.
Financing your pool
Pools can be quite expensive to build, which may deter you from even building a pool in the first place. Fortunately, there are several financing options to choose from when it comes to making your backyard dreams come true. Many pool builders offer in-house financing or work with reputable banks known for pool loans. You can also get a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Talk with your pool builder about the different financing options available.
Be careful who you give your money to. People have run into trouble with non-reliable contractors who do a poor job after a down payment has been made. This is why it’s important to know more about the pool builder you’re considering. If a poor job is done or if there’s a breach of contract, you might be in for a drawn-out battle.
If your pool builder hires a subcontractor to work on your pool, you’re not liable to pay for any lost wages to this person. That is, if there is any Workmen’s Compensation or General Liability Insurance in place. Ask your pool builder for this confirmation beforehand. Also, be sure to ask for the contact information of their insurance company so you get a valid copy of the Certificate of Insurance. This is definitely worth the time as it could save you a ton of trouble in the future.
Building a pool often requires permits, licenses, and fees such as plan and zoning review fees, depending on the location of the property. A pool contractor will handle all of this for you and it’s likely included in your pool building estimate. However, if you’re having to seek these permits out yourself, that’s a red flag and likely not a reputable pool builder.
Your Houston Pool Building Experts
You have the right to be informed as much as possible throughout the entire pool design and build process. When working with reputable pool contractors and pool builders, you should have a seamless, professional experience. At Cypress Custom Pools, we remain dedicated to providing all of our customers with an enjoyable pool building experience. Give us a call at (281) 351-6113 to learn more about the pool building process and to get started today