Frequently asked questions.

Questions and answers upfront about franchising with California Pools

Whether you're sold on franchising with California Pools or only waist-deep in the idea of starting your own pool installation company with the support of an experienced franchisor, you inevitably have questions. We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about our pool construction franchise opportunities to help guide your decision.

And you may even see why California Pools Franchise is the right choice for you!

Let's start by addressing some of the key questions you might have as a prospective franchise owner. Below, you will find insightful information that will shed light on the qualifications we're looking for in our franchise partners.

  • Questions about California Pools’ history

    • How long has your brand been in business?

      California Pools has been at the forefront of the pool construction industry for over 70 years, beginning when our founder built the first California Pools swimming pool in 1952. Since then, our respected and well-known brand has grown synonymous with quality, innovation, and a customer-first philosophy. Our decades-long history underlines our deep experience and expertise, making us a trusted choice for those looking to start a pool construction franchise.

    • What has made California Pools successful?
      California Pools attributes its enduring success to a combination of factors. Our commitment to superior craftsmanship, innovative design, and exceptional customer service has made us a household name in the pool construction industry. Moreover, our constant support, training, and proven business model to our partners ensure they are set up for success from the start.
  • Questions about franchise operations

    • What kind of training is offered?

      Our comprehensive initial training program covers business management, California Pools history, and sales strategies to effectively market pools. Beyond that, ongoing industry-specific training will keep you updated on the latest pool construction trends, technologies, and best practices. This continuous education ensures you consistently offer excellent service and remain competitive in your market.

    • How many team members do I need to run the business?

      Initially, you can operate your California Pools franchise alone or with a partner. But, as your business grows, you'll want to build a Core Management team of four, including yourself as owner, with each member fulfilling a critical role:

      • The Sales and Design Manager who brings the clients' vision to life.
      • The Project Manager who ensures all pool construction projects are executed seamlessly.
      • The Office Administrator who keeps the backend operations running smoothly.
    • Do I need a brick-and-mortar location to run the business?
      Operating initially without a brick-and-mortar location is feasible. However, we strongly urge all our partners to aim to establish a physical office within three years of their operations.
  • Questions about the investment

    • What is the initial investment range to open a location?

      The initial investment to open a California Pools franchise ranges from $98,000 to $107,500. This cost estimate includes the initial franchise fee of $35,000, providing you with the rights to operate under our recognized brand, and granting you access to our proprietary systems, proven business model, and ongoing support.

    • Can a California Pools location be financed?
      We have partnered with Guidant Financial, a leader in franchise financing, to assist potential franchise partners. Guidant Financial provides tailored loan options, including Small Business (SBA) loans, Unsecured loans, Portfolio loans, and Equipment leasing, to meet the unique needs of partners. We understand the challenges of accessing capital for your business needs and are here to help. Reach out to our team for more information!
    • What is involved in the initial financial pre-approval process?
      The initial financial pre-approval process involves an in-depth credit check and thorough reviews of your tax records to ensure financial stability. Additionally, there's a comprehensive discussion of your sustainability planning for the first year of operation, for which you may need to present a well-detailed and viable business plan.
    • How much can I make as a California Pools owner?
      We believe in empowering our partners with the tools necessary for sustainable growth. Through our comprehensive training programs and continuous industry-specific support, we aim to facilitate an environment where your success only knows the limit of the sky. By becoming a part of our franchise family, you are investing in a proven business model that's designed to help you thrive year after year.
    • What do I get with the franchise fee?
      With our $35,000 franchise fee, you gain access to:
      • Rights to use our brand within your designated or assigned territory
      • Reliable systems and processes that have made our company successful for the last 70 years
      • Training and support for yourself and your team
    • What are the royalty fees?
      The initial franchise fee is $35,000, covering initial training, setup, and granting you the rights to operate under the California Pools brand.
    • What are the National marketing contribution fees?
      The National National marketing contribution fees currently stand at $350 per month. This fee contributes to the overall marketing efforts, ensuring the visibility and recognition of the California Pools brand nationally.
  • Questions about owner qualifications

    • What are the qualifications to become an owner?

      It takes more than just a love for pools and an entrepreneurial spirit to become a successful owner of a California Pools franchise. We look for:

      • A clean background

      • Proof of sustainability during the first year of operation

      • Strong support system

      • Experience in one of the following: sales, business management, or construction

      • Strong leadership skills to lead a team to success

    • What does your ideal candidate look like?

      When looking for an ideal candidate, we search for someone who embodies our core values of accountability, teamwork, integrity, and innovation. It doesn't hurt to have swimming pool industry experience and knowledge, a history in a business management or leadership role, and sales experience.

    • Does the owner need to live in the market where the franchise will be located?

      Yes, generally, we require the franchise owner to reside in the market where they plan to open a location. However, we do make exceptions if the owner presents a robust business plan that includes another individual who is prepared to manage the day-to-day operations. Such situations are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Dive into your franchising future with California Pools.

Go into business for yourself without being by yourself. We'll help you get one step closer to owning your dream pool building franchise.

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