You finally decide to have a pool in your backyard and now you have another problem, which is how to choose a pool builder. The pool is a long-term investment and you will use it for years to come, which is why it is very important to choose reliable and knowledgeable pool builders in Orange County so that you finally have a pool that will stay with you for years to come.
The first step is to find a local builder. You have several resources to use, including yellow pages, business directories, internet directories, search engines, your social circles, and many others. Instead of just scrolling through different companies, it is recommended to prepare Excel sheets and list all the suitable contractors. Create multiple columns on sheets like names, business addresses, phone numbers, websites, etc. If you do it systematically, it will be comfortable for you and you will save time.
After you have 10-15 builders on your list, you need to judge them to compare. You must choose your rating scale. I recommend developing a classification scale in Excel sheets. This can include experience, certification, association, experience, licenses, portfolios, customer service, and more. Of course, you have to choose a scale that you can manipulate without contacting the builder because we haven't contacted one of the builders so far. These ratings will be based on the evaluation and/or your review (posted online).
Sorting will narrow down your list. Based on your rank, contact the top 5 builders on the list. It is better to ask for offers immediately. Because you'll start getting responses, update your rankings and add response time, professionalism, and price. This will reshape the top 5 builders.
Now is the time to contact the top builder (one with the highest rank). Analyze your needs and requirements. It is best to visit the builder's office and arrange your first meeting there. If you're comfortable with everything, go ahead and schedule another meeting in your backyard so your builder can improve the listing.