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Pool Buying Process (click here to view full article)

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

The Basics

Buying a pool is much like the buying process of any large item. You don’t make the decision one day and have a pool the next. Similarly, if you do your due diligence in research and planning, it will take some time before you’re cannonballing into your new in-ground pool. Don’t worry, American Backyard Pools are here every step of the way!

One of the primary advantages of partnering with American Backyard Pools is that we won’t try to sell you on “our product.” We are professionals in fiberglass, vinyl, as well as gunite pools. So, we aren’t trying to convince you that one or the other is the “best” option. We’ll work with you to figure out which is the best option and fit for your family.

While every family who contacts us has a different story, different needs, and a different budget, we’ve outlined the typical buying process to help you map out your own pool-buying journey.

  • Get the family on board

We happen to think a pool is perfect for everybody. But we also realize that not everyone shares that view. We highly encourage you to get the whole family on board and excited about the pool. We have found that if you discuss different options as a family the buying process is a lot easier when everyone is onboard. Buying a pool is like getting a dog — it’s best if everyone is supportive.

  • Set your budget

Now that the family is thrilled that you’re getting a new pool, it’s time to have the “money talk.” Like buying a home or a car, if the money budget is not established, nothing will fall into place. Even our high-end pool customers set realistic budgets so that the finished product is something they’ll truly enjoy. Identify realistic expectations for your pool and any extras that will be used. The last thing you want is a bunch of tacked-on extras that sounded good at the time but nobody really wanted or will use in the future.

  • Do your research

You really can’t get a good idea of what your options are and what extras are available until you do research, like for example, reading this article. Learn your pool construction options (fiberglass, vinyl, gunite) and the pros and cons of each. Understand which is most affordable (vinyl liner), which is most customizable (gunite), and which is sturdiest and most durable (fiberglass and gunite). Then research what features are available (slides, diving boards, waterfalls, lighting, covers etc.), and whether or not those work with the size of your backyard and your budget. The more you educate yourself, the happier you’ll be with the pool you buy.

  • Decide what’s important and what isn’t

Would you rather have a “normal” shaped pool and spend that extra money on diving boards, water features, or a cool slide? Maybe a tanning ledge is important to you, or having a swim-up bar. There are many ways to save on one thing so you can splurge on what you really want. Write down a list of your family’s must-haves, would-likes, and items you can do without. Make decisions like whether to pay a little more now so you don’t have to change out liners later, or whether to include features the kids will enjoy, not just now, but as they get older.

  • Be realistic about your timeline

As pool builders can only build so many pools per season. There is only so much equipment, so many workers on staff, and so many days per year that the weather is suitable for pool building. American Backyard Pools install pools year-round when weather allows. A particularly rainy summer can also delay our progress. We don’t try to build pools the fastest but we build pools to last. We work to provide the best install possible, making sure every detail is to our standards.

  • Secure your financing, if needed

American Backyard pools offer a couple of different financing options for our customers. Financing is available on all our pools if needed. You are welcome to secure your own financing through a home equity lender, credit union, or other source. It’s best to secure your financing before getting too detailed with your pool building plans. You’d hate to get approved for more, and miss out on getting that amazing waterfall, or get approved for less, and have to tank the plans for the natural rock formations. Getting financing secured earlier makes the planning process much smoother.

  • Get your building permits

Every municipality is different, and it would be impossible for us to list all of those regulations here. Also, those laws change all the time. We recommend talking to your local building authorities early in the planning process and securing permits well in advance of the pool build.

  • Please be ready and patient during the construction process

We realize everyone is excited and it’s going to seem like forever (depending on the type of pool you install) but it will all be worth it in the end. As we all know, this is a large project and there are several steps before the finished product, and you are enjoying your new pool. After your design is approved and equipment is in order, our onsite construction will start, please note your backyard will become a mud hole for a little while. Remember this is temporary. At the time just like the car ride going on vacation it’ll seem awful and like it’s taking forever. Hang in there. Be patient. At the end, the process will become a distant memory, and all you’ll have ahead of you is a lifetime to enjoy your pool. Unlike the long car ride leaving vacation, there’s no long ride back!

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