Yet another pool contract needing input please!!!!!

sammywSeptember 10, 2012

Hi there,

We are located in central Texas and we have finally decided to become a pool owner. Needless to say, this forum is undoubtedly the first stop one has to make before signing.

16x40 fiberglass pool and rock dig installation $35,750

21,000 gallons

3'10" - 6'6"

Backfill materials and hauling charges $3,000

Bond beam with rebar for stone decking $1,200

Electrical $1,300

ALL 2" PLUMBING ON SKIMMER AND MAIN DRAINS/SUCTIONS, ALL 2" ABOVE GRADE, 1 1/2" PLUMBING ON RETURNS, WATER FEATURES, DECK JETS AND SLIDE. �

Telescopic pole, leaf net, wall brush, vacuum hose and head, skimmer plate, test kit and start up chemicals.

Skimmer and 3 returns.

Perimeter tile allowance $2,700

G-force slide with paver anchors and installation $3,850

Waterfall: 1 x 48" sheer descent and 2 x 24" sheer descents.

24" $350 each and 48" $500. Plumbing, valves and lines $300.

2- DECK JETS $250 EACH INCLUDED

Lighting: LED lighting pal-2000 x 5 with remote control and timer $1,695

Easy touch control 4 function installed $1,300

Pentair cartridge filter�CLEAN & CLEAR 320

Pentair intelliflo VARIABLE SPEED VS- PUR-10-1018

Pentair intelliflo salt system�INTELLICHLOR IC40 $1,295

Pool cleaner KREEPY KRAULY PROWLER 830 $1,136

Propane gas heater MASTER TEMP 250k BTU $1,700

TOTAL $56,426

5% discount if paid in full $53,604

Thoughts?

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SpeisFamily

That seems a little high for a fiberglass pool IMO. We are in the process of having a 13x31 gunite pool installed with hottub, raised bond beam wall, etc. for $48K. A friend of mine just had his gunite pool, which is about the same size as yours, with 2 waterfalls 2 fire bowls and a hottub for $55K.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 1:42PM
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sammyw

SpeisFamily, thank you for your response. Yes, it does seem a little high, hence my hesitation. Also, there is no decking included but he has offered for us to buy our pavers at wholesale through him. The pool builder is very well known in the fiberglass industry and does great work.
The 5% discount is nice but not having any leverage during the build due to paying in full might be foolish. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 3:22PM
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SpeisFamily

NEVER pay in full. Even with a great reputation, paying in full is foolish. And the prices I mentioned above includes decking. In fact I have 10 feet of decking behind my pool for a fire pit area. I would get several more estimates before making any commitments.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 5:54PM
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PoolMD123

That's what I would say-don't pay in full. In MD it is a law that you can't pay more than x amount at the time of signing the contract so I would think there is that law in TX? Maybe not but worth researching. Then we pay after certain stages (plumbing, gunite, decking, etc). Just tell them you want the 5% discount anyway or you'll walk. Our PB gave us a 16% discount because they want pool builds before it gets too cold here. They all can surely make deals. I wish I could offer more advise but I just signed my contract yesterday. I can tell you your heater was way cheaper than mine and more BTU's. Good luck! It is a hard decision.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 6:19PM
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sammyw

SpeisFamily and PoolMD123, thank you for the good advice and encouragement. The pay-in-full idea is foolish and could probably result in costing me more than I would save. Much obliged.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 7:19PM
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