How can I avoid hidden costs?
The best way to avoid hidden costs is to make sure that
when you sign the contract, that ALL the costs are included in the bottom line.
One of the most common charges is for the electrical service to the pump and
filter. Most builders include "electrical hookup", but electrical hookup
pertains to wiring the pump(s) and associated equipment at the filter location and usually does not include bringing the power to the location.
Unless the house has been wired in advance for a pool, this is a cost the
homeowner will bear. There are situations where it is not possible to
know every cost, such as unforeseen objects underground. Other things to ask would
be "To what extent will my yard be repaired after the pool is
done? Will I be instructed on the maintenance of my new pool?" Also, be sure
to have any changes to the pool written on the contractors change order
form, with the cost for such changes clearly stated.