With such a wide selection of individuals and companies to choose from, finding just the right Chicago pool builder can be a difficult task. But, as long as homeowners follow this checklist of 10 things to look for in the right pool builder, this crucial task will become significantly easier.
How Many Years Under Your Current Name?
Rather than ask a Chicago pool builder how long they've been in business, ask them how long they have been operating under their current name. This will give you an idea of how long they have been in business and will help you determine how reliable they are.
Has the Company Ever Closed or Opened with Another Name?
Much like the question before, this will help you determine the reliability of the company and could hint at bankruptcy or other past troubles that could still be affecting business operations today.
Chicago Pool Builder or Broker?
The term "pool builder" is self explanatory – it's an individual or company who builds pools. A pool broker, on the other hand, is in the business of selling swimming pool service routes to individuals or companies.
Ever Declared Bankruptcy?
Though not unheard of in today's tougher economic climate, it's always best to go with a company that you know has the financial backing and management skills to complete your project.
Licensed and Bonded?
Professional contractors must be licensed to install or repair your pool, and a bond will protect you if the terms of the contract aren't met by your Chicago pool builder.
How Many Pools Built Since Opening?
More than the years that the company has been in business (though that too is important) you want to also ask how many pools the company has built. Ask about the types of pools they have built as well (i.e. some companies may be more experienced in fiberglass pools whereas others work primarily with gunite).
Is Labor Coverage Included in your Warranty?
Having labor covered under warranty can save you thousands of dollars in potential repairs over the next few years.
Do You Belong to any Associations?
Pool and spa associations won't just accept any company into their fold. Being a member of groups such as the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) and the Master Pools Guild (MPG) speak volumes about the level of commitment to quality work by the pool builder.
Do you Hire Contractors/Sub Contractors?
While many companies do successfully hire contractors and subcontractors to build pools, it’s often the best route to select a company that uses in-house employees. However, if they have a strong record and long history, then they likely have a good network of reliable and trustworthy contractors.
Do You Offer a Variety of Interior and Exterior Pool Finishes?
If what you seek is a custom pool builder, then this question is incredibly important. Ask to see the company's interior and exterior pool finish options to ensure that you'll be able to build your fantasy aquatic retreat.
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RUSSO’s Pools · Spas · Outdoor Living is a family-owned pool and hot tub business located in Northlake, Illinois. Starting off as a humble storefront in 1988, we are now a major pool superstore in the greater Chicago area.
Our company offers everything you need to create a fun and relaxing backyard retreat, from inground and above ground pools to hot tubs, spas and accessories, as well as grills, patio furniture, fire pits and other items to complete your backyard oasis. We are an authorized Caldera Spa® and Doughboy® pool dealer, and with our Price Match Guarantee you can always be sure that you are getting the best price on your pool and spa chemicals.
We offer free shipping on all orders over $50 that are within a 35 mile radius of Northlake, IL and we make sure that all items are in stock so that you get what you need, when you need it.