I signed the contract for my pool in April with all excitement hoping to be able to swim in the summer, construction started May 8th 2015 and its been about 8 months now and it is still not done. Communication has been off and on since I made the 3rd payment installment in June, PB usually shows up each month, does one thing and goes MIA again. June 1st was gunite, July waterline tile, August concrete deck, September plaster, fill and start up, stayed for over 2 weeks without any equipment, It took complains to the overall owner of the company (my PB is a franchise) to get him to come out and install the pump and filter. Pool cleaner was put in 1st week of October and 2 weeks back, he showed up and installed the heater, fire pit, pool & spa lights, nozzles in the spa, air blower and I-aqualink system, which has greatly reduced my exposure. I have tried to be patient and manage my pool builder till now that I'm certain that the last payment ($3600) I owe can complete the outstanding work. I was looking forward to this point when I can call it quits with him and get someone else to complete the work without spending more money. But the problem is that he has not been paying subcontractors, so I have 2 liens ($9,170 - gunite and plaster company) and I saw a note on my door yesterday from the concrete guy saying he has not been paid (he didn't state the amount). If PB had finished my work, I would have used his last check to pay off one of the subs. The gunite, plaster company and some other pool owners have filed claims against his bond; the bond is only $12,500. I heard that we are over 15 people that he took money from without completing the pools and he is about to declare bankruptcy. He no longer responds to phone calls, emails or text messages, I fear that he has run away. I have complained to the Contractors State License Board, his license is currently suspended for the bond issues. I am about to file a claim on his bond as well; just confirmed they haven't paid out yet.
The outstanding work/items on my project includes:
- Salt water cell, sensor kit and hook up to the Aqualink control system
- Hook up all gas lines and ensure that the heater and fire pit work
- Auto fill valve and hook-up completion
- 3 backyard lights install and hook-up to the Aqualink control system
- Retaining wall on one side of the fence line
- Rock concrete slide completion (work already started, about 70% complete)
- Clean up and seal the concrete deck
- Maintenance kit
- Basketball hoop
- Final inspection
What else can I do? Should I continue to wait for him and hope that November will be the final month that everything gets done or should I get someone else to finish up? Any advice will be appreciated.
- Complete the rock concrete slide (work already started)
- Clean up and reseal the concrete