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Reading contracts is an important part of building a pool.  Be sure you understand what you are paying for and what you will get.

So you are getting ready to build your backyard oasis and you couldn’t be more excited. What exactly does that all look like anyway?

First, make sure you carefully review your contract. Check off items as you go and be sure all equipment etc. is included in detail. The materials, cleanup, a timeline, and a payment schedule based on the value of completed work should be included.

Ask questions and have open lines of communication with your contractor. Progress should be consistently measured. Keep a file of the project and take photos periodically. When digging waterline utilities, many underground obstructions may not be able to be located like old sewer lines, septics, etc.

If you haven’t verified their license, do so right away.  Get a copy of their liability insurance and workers’ compensation policies as well.

Weather always plays a role. One day of rain can delay a week plus of work.  If there is a forecast for rain it can still affect progress.

Lastly, permits will be pulled by your contractor, and inspections scheduled as necessary.  A contractor cannot guarantee they can get an inspector to come out the moment they have completed a portion of the project that requires an inspection.

Keep in mind that with all these variables it’s key to understand the process. Read your contract, open a dialogue with your contractor, and measure their progress. The time it takes to build really does vary based on the scope of the project, your contractor, and other factors.