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What to Look for in Every Swimming Pool Builder Quote

Are you thinking of joining the more than 10 million Americans who have a swimming pool? 

The idea of being able to walk out into your backyard and jump into your very own backyard oasis sounds like a dream come true. However, before you can do that, you have to find the right pool builder for the job. 

Do you know what to look for in every swimming pool builder quote? Have no fear; we’re here to help guide you. 

Whether you’re building a brand new pool or planning for an inground pool remodel, keep reading for the key things your quote should include. 

Building Permits

If you’re getting a new pool, you’ll likely need some building permits before any structural work begins. 

When talking to pool builders, make sure the quote they give you outlines any necessary permits you need before the project can begin. 

By working with a knowledgable and reputable pool builder, you can have peace of mind that they’ll know about all the permits you need, so you won’t have to worry about delays to your project. 

Adding a pool to your backyard can increase your home’s value by up to 8%, but only if it’s built the right way, in accordance with building codes.

Excavation and Dirt Removal

If you’re building an inground pool, the first step in the process is digging the hole. Your pool building quote should include the full costs of the excavation process. 

Make sure the excavation part of the quote includes:

  • Labor costs
  • Cost of machinery
  • Fees for disposal of dirt

Of course, the particulars of your backyard and the pool you’re building affect the excavation process. 

So, it’s a good idea to have someone come out to your house for a site visit before choosing them to build your pool. This way, they can scope out the space and determine if there will be any issues during the excavation. 

It’s much better to find that out before the digging process begins. 

Electrical Work

Owning a pool uses more electricity than you might realize. Between setting up generators, pool pumps, lighting, and heating, there can be complicated electrical work required during the building process. 

Your building quote should include information about all necessary electrical work. However, sometimes the electrical varies based on the project, so you may be invoiced at the end of your project accordingly. 

Make sure the building quote addresses how and when you’ll learn about electrical fees so you don’t end up with any hidden fees at the end of your project. 

Cost of Building Materials

The nature of your project determines the actual cost of building your pool. As a custom pool builder, our team comes up with unique pool designs specifically to meet your space and your needs. So, there’s not a one-size-fits-all pricing model.

For example, the materials needed for a brand new concrete pool will differ from what’s needed to resurface an existing space during a pool remodel.

Once you decide on your project, make sure the cost of the building materials is clearly outlined in your quote.

Filtration and Cleaning Systems

There’s nothing worse than getting ready for a luxurious day spent in the pool, only to realize the water is grimy and filled with debris. 

Proper filtration and cleaning are critical to keeping your pool ready for whenever you decide to use it. 

Talk to potential pool builders about the different filter options, like sand or cartridge filters. By understanding the benefits and differences of each, you can choose the right choice for your pool, which should then be included in your quote. 

Similarly, talk about different pool cleaning options, like a robotic vacuum or an in-floor cleaning system. The cost varies for each, and it should be clearly outlined in your quote, once you decide which cleaner to use. 

Pool Extras

One of the best ways to make your pool your own is to include fun extras like waterfall features or fire accents. A quick glance through our photo gallery is all you need to get some inspiration of your own. 

When talking to a potential builder, discuss all your options for extras. After all, it’s often easier to include them during the initial building phase rather than trying to add them in later. 

However, keep in mind that each extra feature comes along with an additional fee. Once you’ve decided on all the features you want your pool to include, make sure they’re listed out in your quote. 

Fencing and Landscaping

If you have children, a safety fence around your pool should be a necessity. But, even if you don’t have kids of your own, it’s a good idea to put up a pool fence to help prevent an accident. 

Talk to potential builders about the types of fencing they offer and how much it costs to add a fence to your project. 

You’ll also want to think about landscaping before you start building your pool. Since your backyard will be taken apart during the building process, this is a good time to think about new landscaping ideas you have for your space. 

Talking to your builder about your landscaping ideas and make sure it’s reflected in the quote accordingly. 


You don’t want to spend the time and money to build a beautiful new pool, only to have something break shortly after you start using it. 

If your pool pump breaks 3 months after your pool is installed, is it covered under a warranty? The best time to ask about all warranties is before you ever start building your pool. 

Make sure all warranties available to you are detailed in the quote, so you know exactly what is covered. 

Knowing What to Look For In Every Swimming Pool Builder Quote Is Key

Now that you know what to look for in every swimming pool builder quote, you can have peace of mind that you’ll choose the best builder for your project. Of course, after talking with the California Pools team, we hope you’ll agree we’re the best choice for the job. 

Ready to get started on the pool of your dreams? Find a location near you today!