Choosing a pool contractor can be difficult, but News 12 talked to experts for advice on making sure your backyard pool gets built. (WRDW-TV / June 6, 2012)
News 12 This Morning / Wednesday, June 6, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Most area pools are open for business, and so are businesses looking to build pools for families right in their backyards.
With more than 30 years of experience in the pool-building business, Toni Alewine, general manager of Pete Alewine Pool Company, has seen some customers drown in debt because of bad contractors leaving unfinished business.
"Ten, 15, sometimes $20,000, in some cases," Alewine said.
Some of those homeowners come to Alewine's business to solve the problem.
"When people come to us with their dreams that have just crumbled, they have a pool that's not finished or a contractor not calling back, what we do is try to help them out," Alewine explained.
This is a busy time of the year for her as the summer temperatures drive more families outdoors and into the cool waters.
"If you can imagine it, we can build it," she said.
An outdoor paradise can wash your money away, though, if you don't do your research.
"Do your homework on who your contractor is, how long has that contractor been in business," Alewine recommended.
Gigi Turner with the Better Business Bureau says the biggest problem they see is "incompletion of work."
The Better Business Bureau recommends doing a Google search on the company to check out reviews and even scout out a few references.
"He's putting a hole in your backyard. There are lines, pipes, property lines, make sure he is at your property measuring on site before you accept an estimate," Turner explained.
Before diving into a decision, check with a few other companies for their bids to get a better estimate.
"If someone is looking for a large amount of money up front, then that might be a red flag," Alewine added.
You'll also want to double and triple check to see if the pool company is licensed and insured. You can check out the Secretary of State's website here and search the corporation to make sure they are registered and compliant with the state.