In a world where comparing costs can be as easy as a few clicks, many homeowners interested in building a backyard pool start their search by requesting online bids from a variety of pool construction companies. While this may sound logical, it can actually get you off on the wrong foot because it might result in an unrealistic expectation. To get an accurate and reliable quote it’s important to have a pool company come to your property for an on-site consultation. They should inspect the proposed building site and listen to your wants and needs before quoting you a price.  


Know What You Want

By scheduling an on-site consultation before you begin to seriously think about your budget, you’ll be able to get a better feel for what you actually want out of your new pool. Maybe even more important, you’ll learn from your pool expert what makes the most sense logistically (and economically) based on the characteristics of your property.

An on-site consultation will also help you picture in your mind what your new outdoor living space will look like. You’ll also be able to get an idea of what features and designs most interest you and decide what’s an absolute must and what’s a would-be-nice. Also, it’s important to have a trusted and established pool company that won’t pressure you into spending more than you want. Talking face-to-face will help you “get a feel” for the pool company.


Ask About Qualifications

It’s also very important to choose a pool company that’s affiliated with major industry and trade groups that hold its members to a high standard of quality. Some qualifications that you may come across include:

  • Certified Building Professional (CBP)
  • The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP)
  • National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPA)
  • The Associated General Contractors of America



A Long-Term Relationship

Regardless of how much it costs to build your pool, if you sign a contract with a pool builder who isn’t a good fit, then you’re bound to have a negative experience. The contractor should listen and understand your vision for your backyard, while also actively contributing expert advice or constructive suggestions to improve the finished product, or to help you spend your budget more effectively.

Choosing a pool builder with an excellent reputation built over a long period of time will ensure you have a reliable partner for years to come.



Since 1952, Hamlin Pools has been a family-owned and operated pool company serving the Rio Grande Valley, including McAllen, Mission, Brownsville, Harlingen, South Padre Island, and Corpus Christi. Hamlin Pools is the largest pool builder south of San Antonio and is proud to have built nearly 4,000 swimming pools for its customers.

Hamlin Pools is an industry leader combining innovative designs with construction know-how. Through an extensive network built over the past 5 decades of building swimming pools in the Rio Grande Valley, Hamlin Pools has the ability to deliver a better pool at a better price. Hamlin Pools also does pool renovations, pool remodels, outdoor living, custom outdoor kitchens, weekly pool maintenance, pool equipment repair, pool chemical retail sales, and commercial pool construction.

Hamlin Pools, with its main office Pharr, has received numerous awards for pool design and construction and are members of every major industry group dedicated to upholding high pool construction and service standards. Contact them today about building the backyard of your dreams.