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Swimming pool financing is available

Swimming pool financing is available now.

A combination of increasing home values, new lenders entering the market and the improving economy created the perfect storm for home owners interested in getting an above ground pool this year.

This is a historically good time to get money for home improvements and enhancements. Rates remain low and there is a good volume of money for all types of borrowers, but it probably will change before long.

According to Larry Collins, a financing pro with HFS Financial, “This is a historically good time to get money for home improvements and enhancements. Rates remain low and there is a good volume of money for all types of borrowers, but it probably will change before long.” This will not last forever so getting started now is essential, even if it is just for research, Collins noted.

The pool industry is small and local. You may find it hard to reach the best local pros.

Getting a pool is a long process before you make any decisions, the first step is to start collecting information from local pool pros that will help you figure out the best project for you, as well as the best financing options.

The next step (and before any decisions) you must start collect information from local pool pros who will help you understand what is possible in your backyard and in your range. Like other home projects, every pool project is somewhat unique, you you will need some customized information. The pool industry is still local and small. Connecting with the local pros to ask questions & receive information may be challenging and take time.

Swimming Pool Quotes does the heavy lifting for you.

We can help you gather research from local swimming pool pros.  Swimming Pool Quotes is the leading network of local swimming pool pros.  We work with leading building across the country.  The best pool pros are great at building and renovating pools.  We are the community that connects these experts with you. Since 2003 we have connected over 647,917 consumers with local pool pros for free swimming pool estimates and designs.

Swimming Pool Types

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Swimming pool types

The three major types of in ground swimming pools are concrete, vinyl and fiberglass. You can have almost any features with any type of pool.  Most shapes and sizes are also available in any pool type.

There are some differences with the pool types. The ideal pool type for you will depend on your vision for your backyard and your research. Below is a brief description of the pool types and recommendations for next steps.

Concrete pools

Concrete pools are constructed with rebar and concrete.  Concrete pools are typically constructed with gunite which a specific type of concrete and application.  After the frame of the pool is created using rebar, and the plumbing is in place, the gunite is applied to the steel structure and finished.   Concrete pool finishes come in many types from the simple to the extraordinary. The key maintenance issues with a concrete pools is resurfacing which may be necessary every ten years or so. Like everything, a well maintained and surfaced swimming pool will last longer and remain in better condition. Typically concrete pools will take 4-6 weeks to install.

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Vinyl pools

Vinyl pools are delivered to the site in boxes to be assembled by the installation team.  Vinyl swimming pools are typically constructed with a concrete floor, steel or fabricated swimming pool walls with a vinyl liner covering the entire swimming pool surface.  The liners come in many colors and designs. The key maintenance issues with vinyl pools is installing a new vinyl liner which may become necessary with age or damage.

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Fiberglass pools

Fiberglass pools are usually one piece pools that are trucked to the site and lowered into place. Transporting the fiberglass pool into place is often the most challenging part of the process. Like concrete and vinyl pools there are many shapes and options available with fiberglass pools.

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Next step: Collecting info and research

Your next step (and before any decisions) start collecting information from local pool pros who will help you understand what is possible in your backyard and in your range. Like other home projects, every pool project is somewhat unique, you will need some customized information. The pool industry is still local and small. Connecting with the local pros to ask questions & receive information may be challenging and take time.

We can help you gather research from local swimming pool pros.  Swimming Pool Quotes is the leading network of local swimming pool pros.  Since 2003 we have connected over 500,000 consumers with local pool pros for free swimming pool information & estimates

How much does a pool cost

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How much does a pool cost?

The cost of a swimming pool can vary greater depending on several factors.

(1) The type of swimming pool you want to install

The most important cost factor is the size, depth and features of your swimming pool. Contrary to popular belief the “type of pool” – concrete, fiberglass or vinyl pool does not always determine the swimming pool cost.  It is important to start your process with an “open mind” about your need to have features, as well as pool type.  When you start your research you will be able to compare pool types and options to figure out what works best for you.

(2) The location of your swimming pool

The location of your pool can mean a few things. First is literally the location of you pool in your yard as well as the condition of your yard. Installing a pool requires digging a hole (of course). The easier it is to dig the hole, the less cost. The location can also mean the county where you are located and your distance from the pool professional (or how close you are to other projects).  Talking to 2-3 pool pros will give you an idea of how much location might effect cost.

(3) Your swimming pool research

Picking the right pool requires research and time. Start collecting information from local pool pros who will help you understand what is possible in your backyard and in your range. Like other home projects, every pool project is somewhat unique, you will need some customized information. The pool industry is still local and small. Connecting with the local pros to ask questions & receive information may be challenging and take time.

We can help you gather research from local swimming pool pros.  Swimming Pool Quotes is the leading network of local swimming pool pros.  Since 2003 we have connected over 500,000 consumers with local pool pros for free swimming pool information & estimates

Facebook can save you thousands on your new pool

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One of the best ways to save thousands of dollars on your new swimming pool (or pool renovation) is to be of the the first people in your social network to get a pool and share your experience. Word of mouth is a pool builders best friend. Over 40% of pool customers come from referrals from past customers. One of the hardest things for pool builders to do is create new referral channels.  They are willing to reward you handsomely to be a source of new business.

When you start the process you become a customer and a source for referrals all year long. Pool builders may reward you with (1) discounts up to 30% or more, (2) free add-ons (like water features, luxury items, upgrades etc.) (3) and extra attention and service.

Social media is the new “front yard” sign.  Let your pool builders know if you use Facebook, Twitter, Yelp or other social media.  Let them know that you will share pictures and information on the project.  This will help you get a great deal and also help to keep your builder on their toes, knowing that you will be sharing information about your project. If you know your neighbors, friends or family are interested in getting a pool as well, mention it.  You do not have to give details or commitments but this will help you establish that your pool could lead to more pools.

There are things that you can do to maximize the chances that you get the best deal and the best service when you meet with the pool builder.  Be prepared to tell them what you are willing to do for them if they deliver you the best pool at the best price. 

Since 2004 Swimming Pool Quotes has provided over 750,000 free, no obligation swimming pool estimates and designs from local pool pros.  Get your complimentary swimming pool estimate and design

 

Long winter, available financing equals best pool prices in years

Pool Industry Update
For Immediate Release
3/14/2014

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The long winter in many parts of the country coupled with historically low financing means great deals for pool customers.

Long winter means more pool deals

The long winter in many parts of the country means more early season saving for pool consumers.  According to a recent Swimming Pool Quotes pool builder survey, many pool builders report that the longer winter is delaying the start of the pool season resulting in “extremely good” discounts and specials for pool customers.  “Longer winter mean less pool customers ready to start.  Less demand means pool builders need to work harder to fill their tight spring work schedules. Typically results in better deals for customers” said Barry Willingham with Swimming Pool Quotes.

Financing still available

Pool financing is still available at historic lows.  With home values holding or raising now may be the most cost effective time to invest in your home with a new swimming pool.  “As home values increase, so do the value of improvements like remodels and pools” said Willingham.  “When you combine early season specials with low financing rates and stable home prices, the pool consumer gets the most financial bang for their buck.” added Willingham.

Swimming Pool Quotes is a leader in the swimming pool industry having provided over 500,000 free estimates for pool customers.

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At Swimming Pool Quotes we help pool customers and pool contractors connect for the best swimming pool information, designs, estimates and more.  Because we work across the country with over 2000 pool professionals and over 500,000 current and future pool owners, we collect a lot of swimming pool data.

One of the interesting things about the pool business is that it is always hard to match supply (the location and number of homeowners that would like to get a swimming pool estimate) with the availability of swimming pool contractors.  A few of the hurdles are:

(1) Time of Year: The swimming pool industry is still seasonal in many ways.  We generally say the season starts are the Super Bowl and ends on NFL opening day.  We receive about 300% more estimate requests from March and August  than between September and February.

(2) Location:  California, Florida and Texas are by far the most popular States for Swimming Pool estimates.  About 80% of the most popular zip codes for swimming pool estimates are located in these states.

(3) Economics: The pool industry (especially new pools) tracks the housing market and to a lesser extent the jobs market.  In 2008-2009 the industry lost about 1/2 of its size from its peaks in the 2002-2007 during the great housing boom.  As finance options have started to return and housing prices have stabilized we are seeing a noticeable uptick in the industry.

The fall is the best time to dive into your swimming pool estimate project

Five reasons why fall is the best time to dive into your swimming pool estimate project.

August through November are the best time of the year to start your research and get a free swimming pool estimate, or a free pool renovation estimate.

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fall is the best time to dive into your swimming pool project.

5. Pool builders and manufacturers are clearing out their swimming pool inventories of pools, equipment, materials and features.

  • Like the car business you can get end of season deals for pools, equipment, parts and features. This is the time of year pool builders are clearing out their warehouses, trying to use all of their materials, pool shells and parts so that they do not have to store them over the winter.

4. Pool builders are looking for a ‘pool project’ or two to fill up their fall schedule.

  • In the spring and summer there is always a backlog for pool construction.   New inquires start to slow down in the middle of August and by the fall there is typically room for a couple more projects before the end of the season.  Fall is the best time of the year to get pool quotes when ‘supply’ is greater than ‘demand.’

 3. The best swimming pool installation crews are available now.

  • A good swimming pool installation team is exactly that, a team.  This time of year the new people that are not going to cut it are out and the best installers are still out there doing great work.  In the fall the talented crews are still working and even the ‘new’ installers have one season of experience.

2.  Pool contractors have more time and resources to dedicate to your requests and swimming pool project.

  • During the busy spring and summer months, the best pool professionals are working practically around the clock.  In the fall you can get a lot more attention from them and customized service.  You will be able to get more estimates and options to compare and have more responsive swimming pool pros.

1.  Your pool will be ready soon.

  • If you start now, your pool will be ready before you know it.  You will get the estimates you need to compare, the feedback from your pool professional in a timely fashion and the best crews to install your pool.  If you get a heater, hot tub or live in the south or west, you could still be swimming this year!

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