Key Questions to Ask Before Buying a Swimming Pool

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Owning a Swimming Pool

By Mark J. Donovan

So you’re thinking about buying a swimming pool. Before buying a pool, regardless if it’s an above ground or an in-ground swimming pool, always do your homework first. Visit several pool dealerships and learn about the features and benefits of both types of pools. Above ground pools cost a lot less but they typically won’t last as long as an in-ground pool. Above ground swimming pools also require less maintenance than in-ground pools. Liner types and quality grades are also an important consideration.

The thicker the liner the less likelihood it will be damaged do to minor horse play. With in-ground pools you may want to consider buying a gunite pool, or poured concrete pool, you will get the ultimate in pool durability, as well as cost.

When talking to swimming pool stores make sure you ask how long they have been in business. If they’ve been around a long time, then chances are they offer quality pools and service at an affordable price. Also ask if they have any pools under construction and if so ask if you can visit one of the jobsites to see how the pool is constructed and by whom. Also check the Better Business Bureau to see what their ranking is and if there is a history of any disputes with past customers.

Make sure to ask about swimming pool warranties. Moreover, make sure you understand the warranty on the pool, the liner, and the installation effort. Frequently there are different warranties for each of these.

Also ask if the pool installer is a licensed and bonded contractor. In some states they’ll need to be and in others they will not. Check with your state to see if they should be before hiring a pool contractor. In addition, check if they have insurance so that in the event the pool, your property or someone on the jobsite gets injured their insurance will cover them and protect you from liability.

Also ask before buying a swimming pool about instructions on how to operate the pool. If a pool contractor just installs the pool and walks away, you may find yourself dealing with murky water for a long time.

In addition, make sure you find out in advance who deals with all of the boxes and other trash after the pool is installed. The pool contractor should take all of the trash with them at the end of the installation project.

As part of any pool installation quotation, the pool contractor should come out and visit the site in advance before quoting you. This way you should be able to get an accurate quote up front and prevent any unsuspecting surprises and costs when the installers show up on your property. Moreover ask if the pool contractor will pull any necessary permits and do the electrical work if required. Most municipalities require a permit to install a pool, regardless if it is an above ground or in-ground pool.

Finally, ask about pool service maintenance contracts. In some cases you may want this service, such as opening the pool up at the beginning of the season and closing it down at the end of the season.

Tips on installing an above ground pool.

If all of these questions are asked before buying a swimming pool your pool installation and ownership experience should be a much better one.

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