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Pool Builder Comparison Checklist

Pool Builder Comparison Checklist

Use this checklist to rate each of the pool builders you’re talking to. For more information on any of these items, get our easy-to-read report: “How To Choose The Right Pool Builder”.

 

  • Business Stability
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  • Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins
  • Builder #2
  • Builder #3
  • Active member of APSP?
  • Yes
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  • How many years in business with current name?
  • Since 1998
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  • Checks payable to a business account or personal account?
  • Business Account
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  • Ever closed and re-started under a new name?
  • No
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  • Ever declared bankruptcy?
  • No
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  • Favorable report from Dun and Bradstreet?
  • Yes – available on request
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  • Have a permanent Showroom / Design Center?
  • Yes – 3 locations
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  • Member in good standing with BBB?
  • Yes
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  • Business Ethics
  • Item
  • Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins
  • Builder #2
  • Builder #3
  • Advertising “bait and switch” with unrealistic low prices?
  • No
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  • Do you charge more than the contract price if you hit rock?
  • No
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  • Do you handle all electrical utility connections to and from the pool?
  • Yes
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  • Promise a price without looking at your yard first?
  • No
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  • Insurance Protection
  • Item
  • Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins
  • Builder #2
  • Builder #3
  • Certificate of Insurance direct from the insurance company?
  • Yes
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  • General Liability coverage of at least $1M per event?
  • Yes
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  • Will you provide a list of lien holders?
  • Yes
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  • Will you provide copies of all lien waivers as contractors are paid?
  • Yes
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  • Workmen’s Compensation coverage?
  • Yes
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  • Quality Workmanship
  • Item
  • Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins
  • Builder #2
  • Builder #3
  • All plumbing clearly labeled?
  • Yes
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  • At least 2 1/2” suction line on spa fittings?
  • Yes
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  • At least 2” suction lines on on skimmers and drains?
  • Yes
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  • At least 2” return line?
  • Yes
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  • At least 4 inches of gravel in base after excavation?
  • Yes
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  • Dedicated plumbing for each drain and skimmer?
  • Yes
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  • Individual valves on every line?
  • Yes
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  • What’s the size and spacing of your steel re-bar?
  • 1/2” (#4) on 10” centers or better
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  • Expertise
  • Item
  • Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins
  • Builder #2
  • Builder #3
  • APSP Certified Building Professional on staff?
  • Yes
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  • Experience with advanced water features? (infinity edge, etc.)
  • Yes – noted industry expert
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  • Willing to give at least 50 references?
  • Yes
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  • Won multiple design awards?
  • Yes – 175
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