When pool shopping, consult independent rating services, such as Consumer’s Digest, at the Web site: www.consumersdigest.com , which evaluates a variety of models and manufacturers. Only educated consumers can properly determine which water escapes-above ground or in-ground pools-best suit their individual needs and are worth the investment. Also contact the Better Business Bureau to check out the track record of any pool builder. Don’t forget to ask about warranties, and make sure there are no hidden costs in your contract. The builder or contractor should include all required permits and electrical hookups. Finally, research the company to ensure your family time isn’t spent trying to fix what you should be enjoying. The history of the manufacturer and the pool company is important. Also for your own safety, try to avoid buying a pool from a company without a storefront. Pool companies come and go, so make sure the one you choose is committed to being there for you for years to come.