Resources & FAQs  (949)874-0187

How do I select the right pool builder?

Make sure to interview your prospective builder very carefully. Here are a few things to consider:

  • What is the company’s reputation in the community?
  • Do you know a friend or neighbor who has used the same company with good results? If not, can the company provide you with some reliable references or customer report cards?
  • How does the company treat you as a potential customer?
  • How long has the company been in business, and how long have they been building in your area?
  • Will the company provide you with a clear written estimate so that you’re not confused about what work will be done?
  • Will they finish the project on time?
  • Will the company add hidden charges after the construction process has begun?
  • Will they keep your property clean and safe throughout the construction process?

EM Landscape Pools and Spas is well known within our building community for offering unparalleled customer service. From helping you understand all of the design options, to clearly communicating what you can expect during the construction process, we make sure that you are well informed during each phase of the project. We set the standard in our industry as leaders. In fact, 98% of all our projects are finished on time and within budget!

Will a pool increase the value of my home?

Absolutely! Most studies show that a pool will increase the value of your home anywhere between 7% and 15%, depending on where your house is located. It will also continue to increase in value throughout the years, just like your home. In many cases here in California it will determine the selling factor of your home. A beautifully built pool can create a visually stunning focal point and become a center of entertainment for the family and friends. Many buyers want to find a home with a pool because it can be financed within the home’s mortgage. Sometimes the overall thought of construction can be very scary for consumers without the general knowledge of good construction.

What about warranties? Is my investment well-protected?

Warranties are very important. At EM Landscape Pools and Spas, we provide you with the strongest guarantee in the swimming pool industry. We are confident in the product we build and we offer a warranty that backs it up. You should always ask for and compare the warranties when requesting estimates from builders. You should also remember that a warranty is only as good as the company that issues it. Dozens of pool builders go out of business each year. If they’re gone, so is your warranty!

I’ve heard that having a swimming pool can be a lot of work. How much work is involved in owning and caring for a swimming pool?

In the past, pool maintenance was more of a chore. But with today’s technology and conveniences, owning a swimming pool is easier than owning a car! Pool chemical testing and maintenance, cleaning, and preprogrammed filtration and heating can all be automated. Automatic pool cleaners and various sanitizing devices also make your pool simple to maintain. Your only concern will be finding more time to enjoy your pool or spa!

I sometimes see advertisements promising pools at very low prices. Should I consider this option?

It is actually possible to build a pool at a low price. But you should be aware that to build a low cost pool, equipment, structural elements, craftsmanship, and design are all compromised. Besides ending up with a pool that doesn’t fit your property because of improper design, using poor quality construction materials can also put you and your family’s investment at risk. Also beware of the “Bait and Switch” tactic. Many dishonest companies will show you a deal for a pool. It may not include everything that you want or need. Once you are under contract the extra expenses will appear. Many companies in the pool industry use specialized sub-contractors. This is not always a bad thing. Specialized subs have all the tools needed to complete their jobs quickly and efficiently. Unfortunately some pool builders pay their sub-contractors well below their respectful wages. Some subs charge less just to get the work. The trade off in order for those sub-contractors to be able to make the wage profitable is to use less material or cheaper and inferior materials. The old adage is still true: “You get what you pay for.”

At EM Landscape Pools and Spas, we know that the cost difference between a great job and a poor job doesn’t have to be significant. Your Pool professional will work with you to determine a budget that meets your needs. We can custom design your pool to fit your financial parameters. The end result is a beautiful and dependable custom pool that is what you are expecting – affordable and within your budget.

Why do cost estimates vary so much when the pools seem to be the same?

The price of a pool is determined by much more than just the size and shape of that pool. Unfortunately, many contractors don’t include important factors that affect cost in the actual estimate they give you. This also means that you can get hit with hidden charges after construction has begun. Some important things to consider are:

  • Quality of Materials
  • Craftsmanship
  • Design Expertise
  • Underground Strength and Durability
  • Customer Service
  • Time Required for Construction
  • Warranties

EM Landscape Pools and Spas estimates always include the highest quality materials available, superior craftsmanship, expert design, and unparalleled customer service. We never submit a low introductory bid with the intent of making expensive changes later.

What factors affect the cost of my swimming pool?

Surprisingly, construction costs for the pool structure itself do not vary greatly from pool to pool. Prices can be affected slightly by ease of access onto your property, demolition requirements prior to construction, and local permit costs. The size and design of the pool affect the cost too, but not as much as you might think.

Much of the variation in price is based on material selections, hardscapes, accessories and upgrades. The size and materials used in your deck, patios, waterfalls, gazebos, planter walls, and other features can be simple or sensational. As the customer, you have the greatest influence on your total budget as you control the design of your pool.

How should I decide on the design of my pool?

Each property has unique features that should be considered when your pool is being designed. At your request, a design expert from EM Landscape Pools and Spas will meet with you at your home to discuss your pool needs and desires. What style pool fits you best? Freeform, Geometric? We will ask you how you intend to use your pool. Is exercise important? How about family use? What about location? Where will the pool look best when viewed from your home? Our design expert may take photographs, video, or sketches of your yard. Then they’ll prepare a custom design that fits your needs and your budget!

Are there any additional options available to add to my pool?

Technology is changing at an unprecedented rate, and swimming pools are no exception. Innovative water treatment options such as salt systems, L.E.D. and Fiber-Optic color changing lighting, spa products, remote controls, Water Features and Waterfalls, automatic cleaning systems, and many other options are now available to make your pool easier to maintain and more enjoyable than ever. Tell us what you would like, and we can show you how to do it. We can even automate your entire pool and spa right from your iphone or ipad!


For your convenience, we have gathered some information to help you with your new pool, spa, landscape or hardscape. There are a variety of resources available to you in regards to pool supplies (equipment, filters, etc.), city building codes for pools and spas, pool safety and more. Please take the time to browse through the information we've provided to you.








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