How to Select a Pool Builder

  • Find some pool builders and review their web sites. Look for the styles and designs that appeal to you. Pick out a few pool builders and contact them for an appointment.
  • Make sure the dealer has a CSP Certified Service Professional on staff (the designation cannot be awarded to a company). The National Spa & Pool Institute trains, tests and retests pool service technicians before certifying them as service professionals and designating them as CSP Certified Service Professionals.
  • Ask the pool builder for a list of customer references. Contact those people and ask them how they felt about the entire pool building process, before and after the sale.
  • If the salesperson makes any promises or claims affecting the purchase, construction or warranty of the pool, get it in writing.
  • Don't rush into your decision, comparison shop. Get bids from competitor companies.
  • Read all the written materials that are provided to you. Don't sign any proposals or contracts until you are sure about the deal.
  • Before contracting with a pool company, check to see that they are licensed with the city in which you live. Also check the pool builder through the Better Business Bureau. At the BBB Web site it indicates that, "To have a 'Satisfactory Record' with the Bureau, a company must be in business for at least 12 months, properly and promptly address matters referred to it by the Bureau, and be free from an unusual volume or pattern of complaints and law enforcement action involving its marketplace conduct."
  • According to the Better Business Bureau, a contract which has been signed by the customer is not binding on the pool company until signed by an officer of the firm, and its terms are subject to change. The BBB further advises that, "potential customers should be aware that, if they sign a contract at the builder's place of business but do not finance the pool, there may be no rescission or three-day cooling off period. The finance contract has a 3 day rescission clause, but this does not affect the pool contract. Therefore, customers wishing to cancel the contract may have to pay a penalty of up to $1,500."
  • Beware of any swimming pool contractor who requires a substantial down payment, or who wants high percentages of the contract paid before much work has been done.

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