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    Inground Pool Kits: Research Before You Buy

    December 20, 2011

    DIY inground pool kit designs, you can do this!

    DIY Inground Swimming Pool:

    Are you thinking of installing an inground swimming pool?   Are you wondering  if you should call a local pool company,  or could you build your own DIY swimming pool?  Can I really do this? If you have even asked this question of yourself, then you're probably qualified to install your own inground swimming pool. Another question to ask yourself may be "Do you want to write a check and be done with it?"  Or, "Do you want to do a little research and keep a good chunk of cash in your pocket?" Undertaking an inground pool installation sounds difficult, but it's actually that not that complicated. I won't say that it’s not a lot of hard work,  but with some basic skills - almost anyone can install their own swimming pool.

    Every year, thousands of inground pool kits are sold to homeowners who are building their own pools and saving thousands of dollars. Inground pool kits have been our fastest growing product segment in the last few years, and our current economic signals point to 2012 being our largest year ever for swimming pool kits.

    If you’re not sure which way will work better for you,  call a local pool company and tell them what you are looking for in a pool, get your price,  pick the phone, and your jaw off the floor - and start doing some Pool Kit research.  Just kidding,  I’m sure there are people out there who still can afford to just write the check and be done with it,  I’m just not one of them.

    Selecting a Swimming Pool Kit dealer:

    Once you have an idea of what you are looking for in a backyard pool you can start doing some online pool kit research at various web sites that sell DIY pool kits.  Start to narrow your choices down by deciding on the size and type of pool you want. Narrow further to 3 or 4 websites that look like they know their stuff. I suggest getting  several written quotes (email quotes) from online pool kit dealers that you feel comfortable with.

    The next step would be to call these pool kit dealers (on the phone) and see if you are just getting a voice mail or a live person to talk to.  Get a feel for who you’re talking with,  is it someone that seems qualified discussing your inground pool installation?  Do they sound like someone  who could help you through a  pool kit installation question or problem?  If not, you’re talking to the wrong company.

    I can’t stress this enough - you need to deal with a company that can be there for you from purchase to completion.  Things sometimes come up, unexpected things - during a pool kit installation. Buy your pool kit from a company (and from people) who understand how to install DIY pool kits, from a homeowner perspective. Ask them how many pool kits they have installed themselves. That's a good question to ask.

    Remember that anyone can have an impressive looking website.  How do you know who you’re actually dealing with? Is it a one man operation working from home or a large company that’s been around for awhile?  I suggest that you search their website on the online Better Business Bureau and that will tell you what you want to know.

    Does the pool kit company offer an installation program? This may be a big benefit to you if your not quite sure that you want to tackle the project by yourself. Look for a pool kit dealer that has many levels of support for your pool kit project. Even if you don't think you'll need the support - it's nice to know it's there.

    These are all thing to take into consideration before making your final decision on your inground pool kit project. A lot to do, research and manage, but in the end - you can literally save in the tens-of-thousands of dollars by being your own general contractor - and managing your own inground swimming pool installation.

    Now go out there and save, save, save!  

    Larry Weinberg
    SPP Pool Expert

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