Pool Quote Process Question
We are looking to build a pool in the back yard of our new house. This is our very first pool; although we had flirted with the idea last year, the yard on our old house was just too small for a decent size pool. We are in the process of getting quotes from various PBs in the area. Typically, how many times do we need to meet with the PB before we can receive a detailed quote?
The reason for this question is that most of the PBs we met came to the 2nd meeting with drawings, 3D demos and a rough cut of the price list. The 3D demos are extremely helpful as Hubby and I prefer the visual aid. Seeing the demo really helps to bring everything into focus. One of the PBs only presented a master landscape plan (which we can purchase for $650 if we don't go with him). It was really hard to visualize the project and doesn't help the bottom line as I cannot figure out the different price components, thus not being able to decide on how to phase the project. He did give a ballpark when pressed at around $300K. We agree to think about the possible phasing of the project and asked if we could meet again to see a possible 3D demo. Here is his answer:
we can do the 3d video for $500 (which you do not get to keep) or if you want to keep the design it is $850 for both plan view with measurements and the 3d video. The 3d takes a lot of time to build and we normally do this for clients who have already purchased the work and just want to make minor changes or if a client wants to purchase the design with the 3D option.
Is this normal practice for the pool industry? We are such newbies at this, I cannot figure out if he is really trying to protect his intellectual property and not get burned by frivilous clients, or he is just too high-end for us. For the financially-fortunate few, maybe price is not an issue. They are willing to sign the pool contract and just let the PB take care of everything. For any changes, they can simply afford to just pay for it with no questions asked.. We, the other other hand, would like to be more selective and be more cautious with our hard earned bucks.
I don't know if I should just be patient and keep meeting this PB, hoping to get a more detailed plan and price list. This is really frustrating!! Thank y'all so much.