I'm working on an O/B project in San Diego and have gotten quotes from several subs in my area on various facets of the construction. One thing that I have noticed and it really HAS NOT been echoed by the other O/Bs in other areas (like Vegas or AZ) is that getting the bids back seems to take quite a while and also probably wouldn't be returned at all if it wasn't for some amount of pestering.
Two of the shotcrete subs that I spoke to by phone/email never returned bids (even though we discussed their estimators working on them). The electrician/plumber were spoken to by phone, emailed plans etc. and have not responded in 7 days. The plaster/coping/tile subs only responded today (again contacted 7 days ago) after me emailing them asking if they had questions.
Anyway, maybe I'm expecting too much?
One more off-topic question I had was I got a coping quote for cantilevered concrete coping (poured) with a top seal and it came out to $65/linear foot which on my pool would set me back more than the pebble interior. 8k for poured concrete coping can't be right can it?