Marc Hannigan, vice president of Royal Pools of Santa Clara, Inc., gives some advice on preparing to build a new swimming pool.

Marc Hannigan is vice president of Royal Pools of Santa Clara, Inc.. To reach Marc Hannigan call (408) 372-6977.
Video: Preparing for Pool Construction
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SAN JOSE − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to build a new swimming pool, there are a number of important details you’ll need to consider. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Marc Hannigan of Royal Pools to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Marc Hannigan: Once you’ve selected a swimming pool contractor, spend some time preparing for the first meeting. Hopefully you have used all available resources to select at least three contractors to provide you with a bid to build your pool. You’ve checked with your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, asking for referrals or perhaps, more importantly, who to avoid. You’ve also checked with the contractor’s state license board to verify the status of their licence. You selected candidates with strong references and people who have been in business for a long period of time.

You hopefully have looked at company websites, scoured the Internet looking for pictures to spark ideas or to illustrate your vision. For most of us, purchasing a swimming pool is the second largest purchase we’ll ever make, so it’s well worth spending time to think about what you want in a pool and how it will be used. Is your pool going to be used primarily for exercise, or will your pool be the centerpiece of an entire backyard paradise? Will you want a spa, or special lighting, or a waterfall? Safety is also a concern, so perhaps you’ll want an automatic pool cover.

A good salesperson will help you bring your vision into reality. A salesperson intent on telling you what kind of pool you want to build probably won’t be a good choice. Probably the most important trait in a salesperson is their ability to listen. You want someone who will listen to your ideas and be able to make suggestions to create a design that fulfills your dreams while keeping in mind the budgetary constraints that most of us face.

There are issues relative to each individual property that can determine a scope and placement of a pool, and prior knowledge of these issues can help speed up the process. Things like public utility easements, overhead power lines, heritage trees, or geohazard areas will affect the contractor’s ability to build your pool and in some cases can dramatically affect the price. Hillside locations can be challenging and will often require soil testing and engineering to ensure the stability of a structure. Be wary of a salesperson who assures you that your property is perfectly suited to a swimming pool.

Ultimately, we want all of our customers to begin this process with full knowledge of all potential issues one might face, and the more preparations a customer has done prior to the meeting with the salesperson can go a long way towards ensuring a successful construction partnership.

Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at

Marc Hannigan is vice president of Royal Pools of Santa Clara, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2008. He can be reached at (408) 372-6977 or by email.

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