By John Donegan
Although swimming pools can be a great addition to your home, they do require a massive amount of upkeep. Depending on how much you travel and how familiar you are with pool care, it may be wise to hire a handyman or a professional pool service.
When making this decision, there are a few important things to think about.
Unless you have a spacious pool shed, you may want to use a self-storage finder to find a storage unit nearby for your pool floats, vacuum, and other equipment during the winter. Be sure to check the storage facility’s rules though, as most facilities will not allow you to store pool chemicals on-site.
If you live in a city where it is pool temperature year round, such as Tampa Bay, you may be more inclined to store your pool materials at your home.
If you just need someone to take care of the janitorial aspects of pool maintenance – ensuring a proper water level, emptying skimmer baskets, vacuuming – a handyman is the way to go.
A handyman doesn’t need certification for this type of maintenance; however, in most states, larger pool maintenance, such as repairs to motors, timers, or lighting, does require the worker to have proper state licensing.
Professional Pool Service
If you travel frequently or are not overly hands-on, a professional pool service may be the best decision.
When choosing a service, make sure that the company is experienced, licensed, and insured. Keep in mind that liability insurance is vital. Also, there is a great deal of turnover in this industry, so all things equal, it’s better to go with a company that has been around for a while.
In regard to pricing, do not go with a company that tries to compete on price. It is more important that the company is reputable and trustworthy. Just as you want an auto mechanic you can trust, you are going to want to hire an honest pool mechanic.
Also, it’s important that they know their stuff. What looks like algae in the pool could really be symptomatic of a larger problem, like a malfunctioning pump. You don’t want to save money upfront, only to be sold new pumps, motors, cleaners, and heaters down the road.
Lastly, don’t sign a long term agreement until you have seen the quality of work that the company can do. Whether it is a handyman or a professional service, the bottom line is you want someone knowledgeable, experienced, and trustworthy.
John Donegan is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. John lives in Austin, TX and occasionally directs videos for rap artists.
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