When you finally decide to pull that long awaited trigger, you might find your self wondering: How do I get a pool estimate?  The answer, although simple, can be rather intimidating.  It is a big leap to start the process of installing a swimming pool and you want to make sure you find a company that understands that.  A lot of companies are SO used to selling and building pools that it is easy for them to forget that this might be your first (or only) pool construction project that you will ever be involved in.  Your first goal is to find someone who you feel comfortable working with.  Keep in mind the person that comes to your house may NOT be the same person you are working with throughout the process and there is a reason that they are “sales” people.  Be sure to do your research on the company by asking for referrals, reading reviews, and checking on the status of that contractors license and bond information.  Also, you may want to make sure that you will be in contact with your sales representative throughout the process and verify that they will/will not be the primary point of contact.

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When it comes to the design that is created for you there are a few things to look at.  You want to make sure that you read up on the construction process and learn about some common pitfalls that uniformed clients get coaxed into.  To start, if there are questions that you have about the process trying learning about them prior to the contractor visiting your house so they see that you are serious about getting this project done with them.  A salesperson is more likely to put your project ahead of others, when it comes to the bidding process, if they think you are ready to start right away.  Learning about the process is an easy way to make them see that you are serious and are not a “serial shopper.”  Another thing to consider is getting multiple quotes.  This is just another simple way to make them realize you are serious.  Something to watch out for is a contractor that charges to go out to your house and provide you with an estimate.  The companies that typically do this are smaller, less established companies that use these “design fees” to keep their head above water.  If they are not able to give you a free estimate it may be a sign that to a much deeper concern.  They may not have the capital, or financial backing, to complete your project, leaving you high and “dry” in the middle of construction.  To learn about the most common items that customers don’t know to ask about, click the link below.


As a licensed swimming pool contractor, I have worked with all types of people.  I believe honesty is the best policy, and complete transparency is a must when it comes to speaking with potential clients, even if it means losing a sale.  There are plenty of people who can do complete your project to the highest standards.  Unfortunately, it is up to you to be the judge of character and to determine who is being straight forward with you and who is just trying to “make the sale.”  The best advice I can give you is to make sure you have all the information you could possibly get on your project and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  The contractor that is willing to stick it out and answer ALL of your questions is probably going to be the best option, even if they are a little more expensive.  They are probably including things that other contractors will charge you double for later on down the road.  Good luck on your future ventures, and remember, knowledge is the best way to get the most competitive deal and get the pool that YOU want.

Feel free to submit questions/concerns to wes@hansenpools.com.

Wes Hansen
Hansen Pool Construction
Owner/Licensed Contractor