Choosing a company to build your backyard pool is not a decision to take lightly. It’s a big investment that will have lasting effects on your property, your wallet, and your family. Done right, you can expect to enjoy a smooth building process that’s cost-effective, time-efficient, and results in your dream backyard. Done wrong and you could end up with a muddy money pit that’s more nightmare than anything else. 

So how do you make sure it’s done right? By choosing the right pool builder. Remember, your home and property are likely the most valuable assets you have. An inground swimming pool is a permanent change that will have a permanent effect on how much they’re worth. That’s why, when deciding on a pool company, it’s extremely important to think about the long-run rather than worry about how fast you can get it done.

To help you in that decision, we’ve put together a list of the questions every homeowner should ask when considering any potential pool builder. This is based on our over 45 years of building only the highest quality pools in the Dallas area. 

1) How do I know I’m choosing a reliable pool builder?

With new pool companies popping up all over the place, it’s all about focusing on the numbers of years they’ve been in business. We know not every pool builder has been in business since 1975 like Hobert Pools, but if they don’t have a long track record of completing at least 100 pools a year, then you’re taking a chance. Also, do they have an actual brick and mortar location? Or do they operate out of their house or mobile office? Make sure they have a long list of referrals that they’re more than happy to put you in touch with. It’s even a good idea to reach out to people the company does business with. Do they pay on time? Are they easy to work with?

2) What certifications or licenses are required in Texas?

This is a tricky question because the answer is none. That means anybody can call themselves a pool builder and advertise themselves as such. That also means practically anyone can bring heavy equipment into your backyard and start tearing it apart. Experience and reputation are the only things you can trust.

3) Is my backyard suitable for a pool?

For an experienced pool builder that’s seen it all over decades of pool installations, almost any backyard is suitable for a pool. Just give us a call to discuss.

4) How much will my utility bills go up?

Again, it depends on the builder. Many pool companies will mix-and-match equipment based on what’s cheaper for them. You might not get the latest or equipment that’s not designed to work together. Even worse, you might not get the full manufacturer’s warranty. However, if you choose a reputable pool builder, you’ll get the latest, most cost-effective, and most energy-efficient equipment. In fact, at Hobert Pools, our customers quite often hardly notice a difference in their utility bills.

5) Will my swimming pool be difficult to maintain?

In short, no. As long as they’re built right, and with a consistent maintenance schedule, it takes as little as 20-30 minutes a week to properly maintain a pool. 

6) How much will I be spending on pool chemicals?

Depending on the type of purification system you choose, the cost of chemicals can vary. A few hundred dollars a year is about the average. The best way to keep your costs low is by keeping up with maintenance on a weekly basis. By letting your pool go, you’ll end up spending more money trying to fix issues.

7) Is it better to invest in high-quality pool equipment?

Yes. At Hobert Pools, we only use the best and latest equipment from Pentair. We don’t cut costs on our end. That means you won’t pay more in the long-run. Cheap pool equipment can be a costly headache.

8) Will my swimming pool increase my home’s value?

Simply look at home listings and you’ll see that between two comparable houses, the one with a pool will have a higher price. Even better is when a well-known pool builder with an impeccable reputation installed the pool.

9) What kind of unexpected issues can come up when building a pool?

Of course, like any construction project, problems may arise. If you’re working with an inexperienced pool builder, the first time they deal with a particular issue could be when they’re digging in your backyard. We’ve already seen it all and solved it all at Hobert Pools.

10) How long will it take to build my pool?

Time of year obviously plays a factor in the timeline. As you might expect, building a pool in late spring or summer (the “peak season”) usually takes longer than in fall or winter. However, as any potential pool buyer has learned, swimming pools have become the new toilet paper. But instead of empty shelves you have full schedules. There is currently a waiting list for pools. If any builder promises you a completed pool in less than several months, that’s a good sign you might end up stuck with an unfinished hole in the ground. On top of simply being able to get on a reputable builder’s schedule, permitting is taking 4 to 6 weeks and construction is taking 12 to 16 weeks. So, right now, a quality pool from a qualified builder can take 5 to 6 months to complete. 

If you’re looking to build a pool in 2021, the best advice we can give you is to start as soon as possible. At the same time though, don’t rush into any decisions when choosing a pool builder. You’re making a big investment that you’ll be living with for a long time. If you go with the company that promises to get it done the quickest, you’re quite likely heading into a decision you’re going to regret. But, by choosing a builder like Hobert Pools, you can rest assured that your backyard pool will bring you joy, relaxation, and family fun for years to come. Patience pays off. 


Hobert Pools is a Dallas pool builder proudly serving Rockwall, Frisco & surrounding areas. Family-owned and operated since 1975, Hobert Pools specializes in new pool & spa construction, outdoor living design, natural pools, and fire & water feature aesthetics. Hobert Pools is uniquely qualified to build your backyard retreat.

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