When it comes to investing in a new pool, it’s important to research potential pool builders and get a better understanding of who it is you’re going to do business with. With the demand for pools on the rise, many companies are popping up claiming to be reputable pool builders. But there are things you can do to make yourself more knowledgeable as you begin your search for the right pool builder and going through a proactive vetting process can make a tough decision significantly easier. 

Incorporating a pool into your backyard is a big investment, and while we understand the need to save money, the least expensive pool builder isn’t always the best choice. You’ll want to choose a pool builder who is not only talented and has a great reputation, but also one with a lot of experience and knowledge so the project is done right. Here are a few things to consider as you choose the right pool builder. 

Know Your Project Goals
Finding the right contractor for you is impossible if you do not know exactly what you will need them to do. Narrow down your search by finding a builder who can build the pool you’re looking for. Research the most common materials and installation methods, and make tentative decisions about what the final product will look like. You don’t need to know exactly what you want, but some builders may not even specialize in the kind of pool you’re looking for.

Gather Referrals from People You Trust
Residential pool builders can tend to be a small community. Chances are, if you know someone who has a great-looking backyard pool in your area, they can refer you to a pool contractor who did the work or the remodel.

Research Alternatives Online
In addition to the direct word-of-mouth referrals you gather, you will want to see what Google can dig up on the pool builders in your area. Write down these company names below the referrals since word-of-mouth recommendations often carry more weight than online reviews. Of course, try not to let one or two negative reviews overpower many more positive ones.  

Check Their Credentials
Any candidates that have made it this far should be quickly reviewed for legitimacy. Ensure that their license is up-to-date and includes any specialty work they may perform, such as land grading and electrical wiring. You can also check the number of permits a pool company has pulled, which oftentimes will show how steady they are and whether or not they’re here for the long run. 

Have a Chat
Give the contractors you like best a call or arrange a consultation. Let it serve as an interview, if you will, to determine if the contractor seems friendly, honest and easy to work with.

Ask for References
No matter how great a contractor seems in person, you will want to judge them by their work. Ask for a list of references as well as photos of recently completed projects. Really look through their portfolio to ensure they will be able to complete the kind of pool you’re looking to incorporate into your backyard. 

Review Their Bids
When you feel like you have one or more contractors that might fit the bill, request a bid, which will contain an estimate of cost, a list of needed materials and a projected timeline for the project to be completed.

Making the Final Decision
With one or several bids in hand, you can begin making the final selection decision. Again, price alone shouldn’t be your only indicator. Remember to balance price along with quality and reputation — the cheapest builder may cost you more in the long run if their construction was faulty, or if they left you high and dry. 

Your Pearland Pool Building Experts
At McKinney Custom Pools, we’re dedicated to providing you with superior customer service in all that we do. We specialize in building luxurious custom pools designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Give us a call to learn more about our long-standing history throughout Pearland and the surrounding areas and how we can help you bring your dreams to life. 

About the Company 

McKinney Custom Pools specializes in the design and construction of luxury pools, working closely with Pearland area homeowners to create beautiful pools customized to reflect their unique style and needs. Started by Anya and Jeremy McKinney, both long time Pearland residents, McKinney Custom Pools serves the areas of Friendswood, League City, Sienna Plantation, Sugar Land, Manvel, Kemah, Deer Park, and surrounding cities. 

Jeremy McKinney brings a work ethic that led him to a career in the NFL and Anya McKinney brings industry experience and a keen eye for pool design and details. When you work with McKinney Custom Pools in Pearland, you will be working directly with the owners who will make sure your project is done perfectly. 

McKinney Custom Pools is a member of the Better Business Bureau, The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), and the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, among other prestigious business and swimming pool industry associations. Contact McKinney Custom Pools today to get started on your dream backyard.