I've found a builder that suits me. He gave me a preliminary quote showing base price and options, and we've hashed out the options we want.
Now I'm ready to make a counteroffer. Is there a usual way to do this? I'm thinking of offering a lump sum price for everything that can be known up front, with model numbers or other specs. I'd also list specific allowances for extras (additional gravel at cost, more concrete at his rate per sq. ft., etc.).
Has anyone tried this? How did it work out?
Edit: Ok, you asked for it Hope the code tag is ok, I wanted to keep the spacing. I'm aware that some of the pricing is out of sync with what I've seen online, and the point of the counteroffer is to address that.
$30,000 20' X 40' X 8'6" Pacific Pools rectangular polymer-wall pool with 8' end step
$2,200 Pentair IntelliChlor IC40 SWCG
$800 Upgrade to Pentair IntelliFlow VS+SVRS pump
N/C Pentair CCP520 cartridge filter
$500 Dish out shallow end of pool to allow for up to 44" of water
$650 Pentair IntelliBrite White LED light
$1,650 2 x Pentair Deck Jet
$1,150 Curtain drain around pool
$1,650 Upgrade to winter safety cover (after credit from standard cover)
$450 Solar cover & reel
N/C 4' of sidewalk around pool + 4'x8' equipment pad
$5,000 Additional concrete ($9.25 per sq. ft.)
N/C 5 x returns (3 in pool, 2 in step), 2 x skimmers, 2 x main drains
$225 Upgrade suction lines to 2" flexpipe
N/C Separate return lines back to pad
N/C Fill pool from pond (yech, but he says it will work)
N/C 28 mil vinyl liner