With recent temperatures peaking at over 100 degrees, California homeowners might be tempted to build an in-ground swimming pool to keep things cool. A pool can be a great addition to your home - they’re fun for the family, and they’re great for exercise and relaxation. But before you take a dive and choose a builder, do your research.
In addition to keeping your swimmers safe, it’s also important to protect your wallet. After shopping around to get an idea of the size, shape, and look of your pool, find a reputable builder. Beware of aggressive salesman, or builder representatives who try to rush you into signing a contract. Before signing a contract, be sure your builder is licensed with the California State License Board as a swimming pool specialist.
5 Steps to Building a Swimming Pool:
1. Finding a Builder. Once you have an idea of what kind of pool you want to build, get at least 3 quotes from reputable builders. Research reputable contractor’s at bbb.org.
2. Research Licensing. A contractor you hire to build an in-ground swimming pool must be licensed as a swimming pool specialist by the California State Licensed Board. Research a contractor’s licensing before signing a contract.
3. Get Everything in Writing. According to Business and Professions Code 7159.3, a contractor building a swimming pool must provide you with a Checklist for Homeowners to be sure you get all offers and agreements in writing.
4. Know the Safety Laws. As a homeowner in California, it’s important to know what laws are out there when completing new construction. When building an in-ground swimming pool, California law requires homeowners to install at least one of seven acceptable safety features, as outlined by California Department of Health. Homeowners are also required by law to install an anti-entrapment cover on suction drains and outlets when building a new pool, or upgrading an existing one.
5. Learn More. Read BBB Tips for Building a Swimming Pool for more information.
By Danielle Spang
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