In the process of bidding out a pretty complete pool overhaul (Plaster, tile, coping, drain, light and skimmer if needed). Have 3 bids and trying to compare apples to apples and everything seems to be lining up OK. I like 1 of the 3 contractors best as he runs his own small crew and has been around for 30 plus years. The one problem in he is suggesting sandblasting where the other 2 say strip to the gunite. The other issue is his sandblast price in more than the other strip prices.
I have 3 questions:
1. What is the determining factor for strip vs. blast?
2. How do I ask best specific questions of the contrator without coming off as a know it all or challenging his expertise. I have a pretty good background as an owner/builder on bathrooms and the like but NO pool experience. I want to show respect for my contrators expertise and still be able to ask specific questions.
One guy wants 40% up front and I am only willing to go 10% - 40% is too much or is it?
18k gallon with spalling plaster
San Francisco Bay Area