Are you looking to get rid of your swimming pool because you are not able to pay the cost of maintenance? Well, you have made the right decision because having a swimming pool at the backyard of the house is just a four day fun, and after that, things like the cost of running the swimming pool and temporary filling it during the winter season come into the mind. It doesn’t take too much time before one start thinking that a swimming pool is a big liability than a commodity for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Demolition an in-ground swimming pool is a task that is to be left with the professionals because they know how to do it in the right manner.
If you do it on your own, then you will not be able to do it right, plus you will ruin a number of things in the process. But, hiring a swimming pool removal contractor is not a child’s play, neither should you consider it like that. So, here are nine things that you need to keep in mind while hiring a contractor for swimming pool demolition process.
- Is the contractor licensed? This is the most important thing that you need to check. Does the contractor has a valid license to carry out this task? If yes, then ask the license number from him and crosscheck it with the province’s website.
- Ask for References: Don’t proceed until you get a good amount of references from the contractor. Ask for at least three references if not more. A good contractor will never shy away from giving you references.
- Don’t say yes to upfront payment: While many contractors ask for it and people also pay, but you don’t make the mistake of paying an upfront amount because then, you will see all kinds of sloppiness from him. You can pay 10% with the start of the work, and then, pay him on milestone basis. And, keep 25%-30% in the last, when the job is fully completed. Check the work thoroughly and point out all the mistakes regardless of how small they are. That will make the ground for some more savings for you.
- Get everything in writing: While finalizing the deal, you have to make sure that everything is done on paper. You need to make a contract with all terms and conditions properly mentioned.
- Understand Mechanics Lien: There are certain state lien laws, which your contractor must be aware of. Lien document needs to be signed by all the subcontractors and material suppliers who are hired by the main contractor. With this, they won’t be able to enforce any mechanics’ lien against your house.
- Permit to remove the swimming pool: There is a permit that you have to get in order to remove the pool. This permit will be obtained from the local government authority that is responsible for pool removals. Get the permit in writing and not.
- Pay on milestone basis: Like mentioned-above, you have to get payments on milestone basis, and don’t forget to get receipt after every payment. It is better to pay via cheque so that you can track the payments.
- Cancellation penalty: You need to mention this clause in the contract only. If there is a cancellation penalty, then you should know about it beforehand.
- Right to rescind: If you find in the middle of the project that the current contractor is not doing the work properly, and you want to hire someone else, then you should make such a clause in the contract to do so. Your contractor must know about this clause in order to avoid any heated arguments later on.
With all these points in mind, you will be in a better position to hire a contractor and take work from him. If there is any doubt, then you can consult your friends and relatives, but I don’t think that there will be any requirement for that.