Need a Recommendation for a Swimming Pool Contractor? Yelp vs Nextdoor

Yelp vs Nextdoor

Some of you may remember the days before the internet when we had to talk to others when we needed something.  If we needed to find a phone number, we would turn to our phone that was mounted on the kitchen wall and we dialed 411.

Do you remember what we did when we needed to be referred to someone for a service that we needed?  Yes, we asked our friends, neighbors and co-workers.  If we needed a plumber, roofer, babysitter or a swimming pool contractor we would go to the “Yellow Pages” or we would ask around.

With technology and the internet, we no longer ask around for a good mechanic or custom pool builder.  For a long while there we would Google something and blindly choose whatever business was on the first or second page of the search results.  We came to find out that we wanted to know if these businesses had a good reputation and then came Yelp.  In the beginning Yelp seemed like a great thing.  Yelp’s reputation with business and people that review businesses has now soured.  Anyone can anonymously review a business and leave a false review and Yelp suppresses reviews for no reason and this has led to mistrust and frustration.

A new site called Nextdoor had emerged as being the true way of neighbors helping neighbors.  You can thing on Nextdoor as the Facebook on a very local level.  When you sign up for Nextdoor your world is based on where you live and it will not get bigger or smaller.  You have people nearby interacting with one another.  In this online community, you can ask your neighbors for a dependable babysitter, a trust worthy painter, an awesome auto repair shop or who build their incredible swimming pool so you can get a free estimate on your own project.  The people on Nextdoor are the people that go to your grocery store, their kids go to school with your kids and therefore they are people you can trust.

Getting a swimming pool built in your backyard is a big deal and you should get a referral from a person you can trust.  Nextdoor is free and worth a try.

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Cost Variation in Swimming Pool Building: Get the Facts!

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Some contractors may try to charge you hidden fees that they don't mention when they write you an estimate.  So it's important to know what to look for in your next backyard project that may impact cost.  Here a few factors you might not have considered:

  1. Q U A L I T Y   O F   M A T E R I A L S .  At first glance, you may think all tile and plaster materials do the same job.  However, varieties in style, color, and quality are nearly endless.  So take your time when selecting materials for your swimming pool, spa, deck, and any other features your installing.  It is a good idea to do research on these materials independently as well.
  2. C R A F T S M A N S H I P   &   E X P E R T I S E .  If you're working with a skilled and experienced swimming pool contractor, keep in mind that you're paying for more than just construction and labor.  Pool builders are artisans in our industry and bring added value to the design and craft of your backyard.
  3. M A G N I T U D E   &   S C O P E .  When gearing up for your backyard dream, remember that bigger projects require more time to complete.  More hands working on your project and longer construction times can both easily raise costs.  But this also works in reverse, so if you are looking to minimize costs on your swimming pool installation, see what special features or elements you could do without to save your wallet.
  4. W A R R A N T I E S   &   S U P P O R T .  As we've mentioned in our article on Lifetime Warranties, the warranties and customer service guaranteed to you in person or on paper are only good as long as the swimming pool contractor is in business.  Even if the bid is higher, try to work with a swimming pool company who has substantial longevity.

At California Pools, we value integritytrust,  accountability, and mutual respect, so we have no hidden agendas in our consultations.  Having been in business for nearly 65 years, we can provide the same high-quality materials, superior craftsmanship, expert design, and unparalleled customer service that we have offered since the summer of 1952.  Call us at (800) 282-7665 for more information, or contact us anytime online to schedule a free in-home consultation with the California Pools office nearest you.

Enjoy Your Labor Day Poolside!




On every first Monday of September, most of us get to enjoy a well-deserved day off of work.  Take care of yourself this Labor Day, and enjoy your time off next to the swimming pool.  Whether you have a swimming pool or spa in your own backyard or complex, or you visit a friend's house for backyard swimming pool party, spending time poolside is a great way to relax.

Most people enjoy their Labor Day with friends, family, and food.  Mark the end of the summer season by taking advantage of a great swimming pool and celebrate outdoor living on September 6th this year!

If you don't have a swimming pool in your own backyard yet, try calling us at (800) 282-7665 to get started. Or you can contact us anytime online to schedule a free in-home consultation with the California Pools office nearest you!

Pool Kings to Re-Air on Great American Country Network

Pool Kings on Great American Country

Can't get enough of the "Pool Kings"?

Scripps Network just announced that California Pools' episode of "Pool Kings" will re-air August 28th on Great American Country Network.

"Pool Kings" starring Jim Bellamy And Mike Baldasare, General Managers of California Pools Palm Desert and California Pools Irvine, originally aired Memorial Day (May 30th) on DIY Network.  The episode features an extravagant backyard construction in Sin City.  With a combination of teamwork, enthusiasm, surprising complications, beach sand, and fire elements, Jim and Mike create a gorgeous outdoor living area for a Las Vegas family of 4.

Since the episode originally premiered in May, it aired several more times on DIY Network, and after getting such great reception from viewers, the episode even aired on HGTV!  Thanks to the support of viewers and homeowners like you, "Pool Kings" is still getting great demand from fans across the nation.  Hence, it is a privilege to announce that Scripps Network has decided to air the episode once again on another one of their networks: Great American Country.Make sure to catch Pool Kings in Las Vegas as they build a family's dream pool with water features, spa, in ground fire pit and an amazing island in the swimming pool.

Contact us for a quote on your next swimming pool project, and become a part of the California Pools "Pool Kings" legacy!  You can reach us at (800) 282-7665, or contact us anytime online to schedule a free, in-home consultation with the California Pools office nearest you.  We also welcome you to continue to browse our website to learn more about the history of California Pools, to get some great backyard ideas, and/or to check out all the ways you can stay connected!