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The hot, Houston summer will be here before you know it and now is the perfect time to prepare and have a new custom pool installed or your old one renovated. Be sure you choose a quality pool company that has you sign a contract. A contract is a signed legal agreement between all parties engaged in a specific project or arrangement. [bctt tweet=”Unsure of what should be included in your swimming pool contract? Here are 5 things to remember before signing on the dotted line.” via=”no”]

What Should Be Included in Your Swimming Pool Contract?

We’ve all heard it before: “You need to have it in writing.” This is especially true when it comes to pool installation. You need a contract that will lay out the terms of services, equipment being used, as well as payment terms, and project deadlines.   

  1. Description of Services
  2. Equipment and Materials
  3. Full Drawn Diagram
  4. Project Deadline and Contingencies
  5. Payment Terms

Description of Services

Your contract needs to include necessary permits, the pool’s location, size, shape, and any installation requests and details. Make this as detailed as possible so there is no confusion when the construction begins.

Equipment and Materials

Adding a custom pool to your backyard requires your contractor to use heavy equipment and various materials. From machinery, pipes, concrete filling, tile, and interior finishes, there’s a lot of equipment that will be necessary to use during this project. Include in your contract details on rental prices, condition costs, as well as all materials used from flooring, decoration, and clean up.

Full Drawn Diagram

Once the pool construction has started it is difficult to go back and make alterations to the base and foundation. Your contract should request have a full-drawn diagram of your pool design in detail with size, dimensions, depth, water feature placements, as well as plumbing drains, and anything else that will be included in the pool design. This drawing will not only act as a guide and preview of your desired pool but also set a clear expectation of design to be built.

Project Deadline and Contingencies

It can be difficult to know the exact date a pool building project will be completed, but you do need to include a time frame for the work. There needs to be an approximate start date for when you’ll begin working on the project, as well as a set work schedule and how many working days it will take to complete it.

ProTip: Rain, wind, and other extreme weather events can affect pool building days. Include information in the swimming pool contract about inclement weather.

Payment Terms

One of the top things to make sure is included in your swimming pool contract is the payment terms. When you’re undertaking an expensive, time-consuming project, you don’t want to leave anything up in the air.

Important Elements For Swimming Pool Contracts

A contract is your reassurance that your project will be completed how you want. Make sure you fully understand all of the terms and why they are in the swimming pool contract, that way you know how things are progressing throughout the pool construction or renovation.

Join the conversation to learn more about what elements need to be included in your swimming pool contract.