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Chris brings up a great topic of discussion, but please remember - many things will be individual opinion, please respect your fellow members opinion even when it may differ from yours.
Now this is an interesting thread to me. I've spent a 40 year career as a project manager in the petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, and onshore/offshore oil and gas sectors. This included several projects over $1 Billion. But one of the most difficult things in finishing a job can be the local inspections for the parts they have jurisdiction over-things like office buildings, electrical, plumbing etc. Marc, it's great that your contract and/or contractor are of sufficient quality that the builder will take care of this on his nickel. Congrats and thanks for contributing this information! But I wonder how many pool projects are done by owners that don't have sufficient access to project best practices? This can doom a pool build to a miserable experience for the owner and the pool builder.
The section on How to Select a Pool Builder should be mandatory reading for a home owner getting ready to start this project. But it should be enhanced significantly with at least the following additional sections:
- Project Execution Plan template for the owner - a clear, concise description of what needs to be done step by step from the idea of building a pool to taking the swim.
- Scope of Work definition
- Contracting Strategy - what's the best way to get the best builders very interested in your pool and get the best price from them?
- Form of contract - Lump sum, reimbursable or hybrid- each way can be very successful or a disaster depending mostly on the owner.
- Contracting and Terms and Conditions - make sure you have one and you know what it means
- Insurance- Did you know one of the best ways to find a great contractor is to ask them about their Workman's Comp insurance rates?
- Bidder per-qualification, evaluation, selection, and award
- Design, Procurement and Construction/Start-up - most important is what is the owner's role and what is the contractor's role during each step
The items above have to be done well for a great project result no matter if it's a small pool project or a Billion $ petrochemical complex.
I know a lot about this stuff for major projects but there's a lot I don't know specific to pool projects. I've been thinking about starting a thread that may generate enough information from pool builders and owners on this site that a Pool Building Best Practices guide could be prepared.