What to expect after completion
After the project is officially completed, your builder will begin to wrap up the paperwork and train you on how to use your new pool.
This will typically start with a final walk through of the entire project. At this time, a final deficiency list is compiled and items are categorized as either minor or major. You will also receive all warranty papers along with all manuals for repair and regular maintenance. It is up to you to register all product warranties. This is typically the time when your final payment is due. Final clean-up of the site or the property are also completed at this time.
In the weeks to follow, the builder will be available to answer any questions, as well as assist in arranging any final inspections and co-ordinating refunds of security deposits from the city.
If you are serious about installing a pool (and associated landscaping) this information should give you the confidence to sit down with any pool builder and take the plunge.
John Petrocelli, P.Eng., is president and sales manager of Backyard Getaways Inc., a Brampton, Ont.-based company specializing in inground vinyl-lined, concrete, and fibreglass pools and complete in-house landscape design and construction. His company specializes in 3D design, aquatic and landscape engineering, and complex permit issues. He can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or by visiting www.backyardgetaways.com.