Here at Remove A Pool, we take pride in delivering pool removal services that are safe, legal, and fully backed by our industry-leading 5-year satisfaction guarantee.
Unfortunately, like with all home improvement services, there are a number of ‘fly-by-night’, unlicensed contractors who claim to offer pool removal services at a cut-rate price. While the idea of saving money on a big project like pool removal is appealing, there’s some big risks that come with those too-good-to-be-true quotes.
What’s The Worst That Can Happen?
We’ve been in the pool removal business for over 25 years, and during that time we’ve heard from a number of homeowners who have been left to deal with damaged utility connections, sinkholes in their yard, fines from the county, and even lawsuits as a result of hiring an unlicensed pool removal contractor.
In fact, we’re aware of an unfortunate situation where a new homeowner has sued both the previous owners and the listing Realtor over a botched pool removal job that wasn’t disclosed to the purchaser.
It seems that the home sellers opted to skip out on the costs associated with hiring a licensed pool removal company, including obtaining permits, disconnecting the utility lines, and creating drainage holes – they simply filled in their unwanted pool with dirt, topsoil and grass instead, and they’re now facing a costly lawsuit as a result.
Why Bother With Permits?
One of the most common cost-saving tactics that unlicensed contractors use is to bypass the county building department and skip out on obtaining the necessary demolition permits.
In most counties, the cost of purchasing a demolition permit for your pool removal project represents only a small fraction of the overall project budget. Permits are designed to protect you, the property owner against shoddy workmanship, unsafe practices, complaints from your neighbors, and most importantly, future litigation.
Failing to obtain a demolition permit when removing your pool could also leave you without home insurance, since most major insurance providers include a clause in their policies that voids coverage on properties where illegal (unpermitted) modifications are made.
Without a permit, you could face stop-work orders and hefty fines, and be left without the protection that comes with having all of the work checked by a county building inspector. You could also wind up dealing with problems down the road should you decide to sell your home, since potential buyers will be wary of any property where a pool removal has been done by an unlicensed contractor.
My Friend/Neighbor/Brother-In-Law Needs Work – Could They Remove My Pool?
At first glance, demolishing a pool might seem like a simple job, but the fact is that there’s a lot that could go wrong when dealing with high-powered utility connections, tens of thousands of gallons of water, and tons of concrete.
Using any unlicensed contractor to remove your pool can leave you vulnerable to a host of problems, including:
- You’ll be completely responsible for the project, including any financial claims that result from damages to neighboring properties
- You’ll be liable if anyone gets injured while on the job, since unlicensed contractors are unable to get workers’ compensation and liability insurance
- You could be on the hook for claims from any sub-contractors such as plumbers, electricians, and junk removal services
The Take-Away? Be Careful Who You Hire To Remove Your Pool
Before you choose your pool removal contractor, take a long look at the risks that come with saving a few dollars on the project. Is it worth taking the chance that you could be sued for large sums of money, or worse yet, loose your home?