Swimming Pool Removal Facts for Laingsburg, MI
Considerations when hiring a pool removal contractor
Is your contractor licensed?
For the contractors license number, check the state of Michigan government website, or browse through the listings here at HometownDemolitionContractors.com.
Ask for a list of references
A reputable contractor will be more than willing to provide a list of recent references. This is one of the best ways to ensure the demolition contractor has a good reputation in the community.
Avoid front-loading Scams
Front loading is a situation where a pool removal contractor asks for a big down payment prior to the job being started. This is a huge red flag. As a rule of thumb, never pay more than 10% of the total quoted cost upfront. All too often, crooked contractors take a huge down payment and never end up doing the work.
Always put the contract in writing
Even if you eventually change certain aspects of the initial contract - always put it in writing! Also understand your right to rescind. In rare circumstances, after signing the contract, you may change your mind and decide to go ahead with a different contractor before the work has started. So with that said, always include a clause in the contract that states how many days you have to rescind from the contract.
Understand mechanics lien
Prior to any work being completed, ask the pool removal contractor to provide a notice regarding lien laws in Michigan. You can also suggest you would like them to obtain and provide lien releases from each of their subcontractors and material suppliers. A lien release is a document that is signed by a subcontractor, laborer or material supplier after they are paid for their work or materials, and it waives any future right they have to enforce a mechanics' lien against your property.
Pool removal permit
Nearly every pool removal job requires a permit of some sort. If you ever plan to sell your home, potential buyers may want to see the permits for any work done on your property, including pool removal. Make sure you know upfront who's responsible for the permit - you or the pool removal contractor? The demolition contractor will typically take care of the permitting process, but make sure it's spelled out clearly in the contract.
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