As we are nearing the second summer with COVID-19 closures keeping families home, above ground pool purchases are on the rise. Last summer alone, pool purchases rose more than 160%. Before investing in an above ground pool, it’s important to do your research on qualified above ground pool contractors that can help with the installation. Here are the things you should keep top of mind when choosing your local Michigan pool contractor:
Ask for Recommendations
With a surge in above ground pool purchases this year, make sure to ask your friends and family if they recently had a pool installation. Generally, a referral is one of the best ways to find a reputable above ground contractor. You can also post on social media in search of recommendations and use these referrals to develop a short list for further research into your next Michigan pool contractor.
Find Local BBB Pool Contractors
The BBB Accredited Business Seal is held by companies and contractors that advertise honestly and deliver on their promises. In addition, BBB accredited business must have been in business for a minimum of six months and display sound business practices. By working with a BBB accredited business, you can stay away from scammers that take advantage over consumers. Simply take a look at the BBB directory of pool contractors and check out the ratings and reviews associated with each contractor.
Check Certifications & Licensing
Before you say ‘yes’ to any pool contractor in Michigan, it’s important to check their certifications and licensing. Although local requirements can be different depending on where you live in Michigan, a residential permit is required for nearly all above ground pool builds.
In addition to hiring a pool contractor or company that is experienced in above ground pool installations, ensure they have proper insurance in case a problem arises on the job. Always request verification of insurance before signing the contract. A reputable contractor will have personal and property liability insurance; typically, workers compensations is needed as well in case an employee is hurt on the job.
Get Details in Writing
As with any contractor service, it’s always best to get details and a quote in writing. Once you choose an above ground pool contractor, ask them to provide an agreement in a written contract. An above ground pool is typically installed with a kit and requires limited equipment, so you don’t need to worry about property damage. However, make sure to ask about the following:
- Itemized cost for above ground pool, including any agreed upon features (e.g., pool cover)
- Warranty coverage upon pool installation completion
- Maintenance and repair costs responsible by the homeowner
- Site preparation work, including potential impacts to property and materials needed to complete the above ground installation
Interested in learning more about local Michigan contractors for above ground installations? Contact your local experts at Blockco Pools today. We will make sure all your questions are answered and you get the most qualified above ground pool contractors to get the job done the right way, the first time.