We're just about to start the build of a 20x40 SWCG Gunite pool, and the "options/upgrades" are fairly perplexing. The base pool makes sense, and I think that we've narrowed down to a few final choices. But here's where I just don't get it.
The total upgrade price to go from the "base package" (halogen lights, single speed pump, chlorine (not SWCG)), to (LED lights - intellibrite, SWCG - intellichlor, VS Pump - intelliflo, spa pda - Easy Touch) is a few multiples of the "street price" of the equipment. So I could save ~$5k by installing the base option and then ordering all of the upgrades and installing afterwards. As an example, the "upgrade cost" for the SWCG was ~$2500. From what I can tell, it can be purchased for ~$1000.
Some of these things are items that make sense, but they quickly drive the cost of the project up. I also get the the pool installer needs to make money, and would fully expect to pay the delta in equipment cost plus a bit, but multiples of it seem excessive.
- Is this common? Do pool installers make most of their profit on options?
- Are these items easy to retrofit afterwards? From what I can tell they are. As a point of reference, I've installed a 20kW generator, electrical and gas, sub-panels, renovated houses, etc.
- I'm leaning towards going with the base option, upgrading everything myself and selling the "new/base equipment" on Craigslist.
Thanks and sorry for the rambling.