Shopping for a pool is a big deal. It’s not an easily reversed purchase, and the last thing you want is swimming pool buyers remorse. Choosing between a gunite, vinyl liner, or a fiberglass pool is your first step in research. And your logical next search question is likely, “How do I find pool installation near me?”
That query is likely to pull a wide variety of results. And, some of the pool building companies you’ll find are pretty large–they do tons of marketing and have a team of installers juggling multiple projects at once. Other pool builders are smaller operations, and you’ll typically have the owner and a few helpers working on your pool project. One is not necessarily better than the other. It comes down to who you want to work with, whether you’re happy with the price they give you and your comfort level that they will do what they say they’ll do in the timeframe they propose.
You’ll want to get more than one estimate if possible. Go through each carefully, and when you’re comparing them, identify whether they include the same options (make sure you’re comparing apples to apples). Additionally, compare all their credentials and relevant consumer reviews so you can be sure you’re getting the top contenders.
That said, as you’re starting your pool builder search, check out these resources to help you compile your shortlist of pool installers to contact:
- Search engines are popular research tools for a good reason. Try using search terms like “Pool builder (or company) near me” in a Google search. To narrow your search, you might also try “Fiberglass pool builder (or company) near me,” “best pool installers near me,” or “How do I find a great pool builder near me?” Interestingly enough, different search engines will produce different results, so you might also try Bing, Yahoo, or Ask and see what you get. Keep in mind that smaller, independent pool dealers, no matter how high-quality their work, might not have the technical savvy or marketing prowess to get their business on page one in a search result. So click through the results pages to ensure you don’t miss any promising prospects.
- Social media is another excellent option for finding pool builders near you. Facebook works as a local search engine and has a handy feature for asking for recommendations. According to Facebook, here’s how it works.
- Click What’s on your mind, [Name]? at the top of your News Feed.
- Click then scroll down and click Ask for Recommendations.
- Select the city where you’re looking for recommendations.
- Click What are you looking for? to add information about the type of recommendations you need.
- To choose the audience you’d like to ask, click the audience selector in the bottom right (Example: Public, Friends).
- Click Post.
- Referral service sites like Angi and HomeAdvisor can be great resources for locating inground pool installers in your area. These companies will ask you questions about your project and match you with a pool builder near you. Then they will provide your information to the pool builder to contact you directly to discuss your project.
- The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been around for more than 100 years. While it’s best known for handling consumer complaints, it’s also a great resource to help you compile a list of local swimming pool contractors near you. The great thing about the BBB is that they won’t ask for a ton of personal information from you. They can also provide you with quite a bit of good background on the pool company, such as how long they’ve been in business and who the owner is.
- Other pool owners are an excellent resource for the inside scoop on what you can expect from a pool builder. Personal recommendations are often your best source of reliable information.
- Landscapers and home builders in your area may have worked with pool builders near you and can also attest to pool builders’ quality and commitment.
- Pool manufacturers usually have a network of pool builders/dealers. By navigating to our Contact a Dealer link, Thursday Pools can put you in contact with independent pool installers that sell our line of pools and can answer any questions you may have about fiberglass installation.
Once you’ve chosen a partner for your pool installation, it’s time to relax and let them do their work. In the meantime, you can shop for the fun stuff, like loungers for your tanning ledge, pool accessories, and landscaping. You’ll be swimming and having pool parties before you know it!