What to Know When Booking Pool Installation Services

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So, you’re ready to take the plunge (pun intended) into pool ownership, but you aren’t sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place. A lot goes into booking pool installation services, from finding the right company and designing your pool to living through construction, so it’s understandable that you might have questions.  

Ultimately, you’re bound to receive the answers to those questions after meeting with the different companies you’re considering. And while the answers may vary based on your personal tastes and who you hire to construct your pool, it’s in your best interests to not go into the process blindly. To help inform future pool owners and make the building experience a little less stressful, here’s a quick list of what to know when booking pool installation services. 

What type of pool do you want?

The first thing to know, and the factor that will have the single-biggest bearing on both price and design, is the type of pool you want—and we don’t just mean fiberglass or concrete. This question is more about what prompted you to inquire about pool installation services. Do you want a lap pool that you can use for exercise? Or are you picturing it as entertainment for the whole family? The purpose of your pool will help drive the conversation around some of the topics we’ll discuss next.

What’s your budget?

What type of consumer are you: the kind who sets a budget and sticks to it or someone who is OK with a bit of wiggle room and financial flexibility? In either event, deciding on at least a baseline budget is essential when booking pool installation services. If nothing else, giving the pool companies an idea of what you’re hoping to spend will provide the framework for future conversations.

How do you intend to pay for the pool?

Speaking of budget, you should know how you will be paying for the pool. Given that most experts suggest earmarking at least $50,000 for a no-frills inground pool, cash isn’t always an option. Some homeowners elect to work with their bank on a product like a home equity loan, but financing through the pool company may also be an option. If the company you choose doesn’t offer financing, most reputable pool builders will have financial partners they can put you in touch with to provide information on rates and terms.

How will a pool impact your homeowner’s insurance?

While it’s true that a pool can be a lot of fun for people of all ages, it can also be a potential safety hazard. Because of those risks, it’s vital that anyone considering a pool speak with their homeowner’s insurance agent about any possible changes to the policy. Your insurance premium is likely to increase, and you may be responsible for installing any required safety precautions like a fence, screen enclosure, or child alarms. 

How many different quotes are you going to get?

If you’ve done any research at all, chances are you’ve found that there is an assortment of companies capable of pool installation services in your area. Conventional wisdom says you should always get multiple quotes from different vendors to get a sense of both pricing and value. The magic number has historically been three different quotes, but don’t hesitate to add another one or two to the mix. The more informed you are about the process, the smoother it’s likely to go. 

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What’s your hopeful timeline for completion?

This one might be out of your hands, but it’s still a good idea to have a realistic expectation of when you want your pool completed. If nothing else, it might be one of the factors that helps you decide who to book for your pool installation services. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused lengthy delays for a lot of pool builders, with many already booked solid through the end of 2021. 

Will you need to winterize the pool?

While this may not be a necessity for pool owners in places like Florida, many parts of the country have the type of weather that requires a pool to be “winterized.” This process includes using certain chemicals and sanitizers to keep the pool free of algae in the months that it isn’t in use. A winter cover should also be added for protection. The company that handles your pool installation services will be able to supply you with more information on what’s needed for your specific pool and location. 

Are you prepared to live through pool construction?

For most people, the payoff of a sparkling new pool is worth the wait and the aggravations of construction, but that’s a conversation that your family should have prior to booking pool installation services. The process involves excavating, cutting, and grading your yard, followed by electrical work and the pouring of concrete or the installation of a fiberglass or vinyl-lined pool. It can be loud, messy and inconvenient for weeks at a time for both you and your neighbors.

Do you have any friends who can provide a recommendation?

The best way to judge a company is by the words of its past customers, which is why reviews are so important. Think about any friends or family members who already went through the process of hiring a pool installation services company. Don’t be afraid to pick their brains about what went right (and what went wrong) along the way. Online reviews are helpful, but getting a firsthand recommendation from someone you can trust can be worth its weight in gold.

Use these questions to guide you in building your next pool

As you’ve read here, there’s a lot that goes into getting the lay of the land when it comes to pool installation services. Before you leap into the deep end, take some time to answer the questions we discussed here and have the answers ready when you meet with the different vendors. In doing so, you’ll end up with a pool that checks all your boxes.

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