Might be able to finally finish my Dream Pool
Just joined today. Noticed this site, and I like it a lot with all the comments and help topics and stories I've read in the past weeks. Seems cool with everyone putting their worries, ideas, questions, and pictures.
So I'm hooked. My story ......Last year (2011) I hired a Pool Contractor and they were going to do my pool. Things started out ok. I designed the pool myself on paper, had my ideas, and must haves and wants. Got three different contractors to come out and represent their company. Then this one contractor (salesman) put my drawing and ideas in a special pool design software and Voila, there it was, my drawing, my ideas, my wants... and I was in love. Plus the price was perfect $25K. I signed. (the others were 21K and 29K).
Things started out ok. Little delay here and there. Took a bit longer then they had said for the first couple of days, due to permiting (supposedly). I had signed on March 30th, got permit (go ahead) on July 7th, started their first day (dig) July 25th.
Delay here and there, due to schedules and crews, etc. Not too great and as speedy as I see other member posts. Went from ok, to then bad and then for worse. They went broke and didn't finish my pool. I had paid up to 95% and they about a month later, were closed down. They had come out a total of twelve times to do work. I have them all jotted down. Silly visits and slow workers. It seemed like it was a one man crew (funny, but true). Their payments were chunky up front 10% down, 40% at excavation, 25% at gunite, 20% at deck order, and 5% at completion. Always with delays here and there and half days (seemed like). I'll post pictures as soon as I get a chance.
Short story...I paid like a fool and they never moved forward from the deck payment on. I would get excuses that my pavers didn't come in and then the wrong ones came in and then finally the truth. "Sorry, mam, we don't have the money and are in delay ordering your pavers." OMG. OMG. WHAT. Soon after a month later, they were BANKRUPT. No phones, no contact. Nothing. And they had my money and I had an imcomplete pool.
I've gone thru five months of a stand still and can't take it anymore. Can't seem to find any help anywhere. No one seems to know how I can get my money back, or funds in return to hire someone else, or what I do from here without money up front. Everyone I get quotes from says about 10K to finish. Something I thought would only be 4 to 5 K to continue. If I had paid so much already, why would there be so much left. The most expensive quote was 15K to continue, but seemed legit and honest and they would get it done with no surprises and addendums. Very detailed as can be with everything that needed to be done to finish my pool. But I have no more money.
I waited and waited and no answers from all sources, but just live with it and continue with a new contractor. Or leave it alone and just forget about it. How. My backyards a mess, how can I just leave it. Live and learn, people say. No one can help you. So I hired another company to continue, the 15K company. I can't keep doing nothing. Lets hope this one goes thru and completes my dream pool. So I start with a new contract and pay almost as much as what my original contract was. I'll end up paying $40,000.00. (25K first pool company (the rip off), and 15K the new company to complete the job)
Cross my fingers. I signed yesterday, and they start as soon as permit gets changed to their name and city approves everything. Yeyyyy.