I am building a 700 sqft lagoon/freeform pool and this one contractor(out of 3 for now) wrote me a pretty extensive explanation about why there's an increase in cost from my 2015 quote and now my 2016 quote.
The 2015 pool was 580 sq and I just wanted an extension so now it's 700 sqft. No new anything else. The increase in size was 21%, but the new quote is 40% more expensive!
Basically I was examining the breakdown and he ends up charging me more for permits (by 325), electrical work (by 600), plumbing(by 1000), pool pump(by 500..same model and everything), salt system(same system, by 450), pump heater(by 130), and water features( same water feature as before, by 500).
Anyone else here experienced this? He is claiming that the recession put a damper on the pool business and now it's starting to pick back up therefore all his subcontractors are charging more. But I think this is BS considering he is charging me 500 dollars MORE on the same pool pump, etc.
To make matters worst, this company refused to use an autocad/pool designer program unless I pay the deposit first. Normally I don't really care, but this contractor set my pavers to be 500-800 sqft more than all my other 3 quotes(using my survey) and his drawing looks pretty identical to other people's. This contractor also has the bigger pool! I really like this contractor because they can do everything vs me having to find my own landscaper/etc etc..but I am having serious trust issues here.