Master Pools Guild

(727) 559-7946 150 Commerce Drive North | Largo, FL 33770

Getting Started- A Consumer’s Guide

A swimming pool becomes a permanent part of your home, so it’s wise to do a bit of homework before the first scoop of dirt is turned. Here are a few guidelines to follow as you consider us, or any other quality pool provider:

1. Be ready to invest in top quality products and installers

Whether you're looking at a budget-friendly above-ground pool, a mid-line vinyl or fiberglass pool, or a custom gunite pool with rock, tile work and spa features, ask your contractor about material guarantees and expected life spans. Look at a pool’s likely costs over its lifetime and understand how long the material you choose will last. Clearly the best time to ask for all the details is before any work begins. There are pools for every budget within reason, but skimping up front can result in far higher lifetime costs.

2. Keep an open mind.

Custom designs allow for you to have a unique pool that matches your sense of style and your needs. But far too many people considering a new pool fear that a beautiful design costs more to build. This isn’t necessarily true, so unless you have a very specific design in mind, take the extra time and use the creativity available from an experienced designer to consider the various shapes and styles available.

3. Purification and maintenance

In the old days, keeping a pool clean meant only two things: chlorine and pool skimmers. Today you have more options for keeping the water safe and your pool looking great. Automated cleaning systems reduce maintenance needs. Salt, ozone and other purification systems may be healthier choices for your family. Give as much thought to your pool’s systems as you do to its design. You’ll be glad you did.

4. Hire an experienced company with a good track record.

Pool design, excavation and installation can be a complex process. For an experienced, professional company, that practice is second nature. But confirm that the company you’re considering has the know-how you need. Talk to your banker, the local building department or the Construction Licensing Board.

5. Be sure before you sign

It should go without saying, but make sure that everything the salesperson promised you is in writing in the contract. Every legitimate pool contractor wants all the details spelled out and wants you to completely understand the terms of the contract. Also, be wary of any company that asks for a down payment representing more than 10% of the total cost of the job.