Does this look typical?
Does this look typical?
New pool inground 28,000 gallons with spa.
Hayward 3 HP and 1.5 HP pumps. Sand filters. Auto chlorinator. Auto water level. Polaris 9300xi
Yea, that is fairly typical. It is always better for the buyer to have more money then that held to the end, and it is better for the builder to have more money up front. So there is always some tension about this kind of thing. Some places are willing to negotiate on things like this and some aren't, but there still needs to be a fair amount of money up front.
One thing I might suggest (meaning I wish I had been wise enough to do it myself), I would make the 10% plumbing and mechanical payment contingent on final approval of the city and their signoff on the building permit. Little did I know my PB never took care of that and two years later the city showed up on my doorstep and I had to deal with all the final inspections and making sure everything was up to code at that time. Just a thought, not sure if they already do that, or if it is even possible.
20,000 gallon, sand filter, IG vinyl
That's a good suggestion. We just had to have a new septic system installed and the final payment was contingent on the county inspector signing off.Originally Posted by beaumatt
Yep, my PB didn't do the final, but I scheduled it myself and passed. Fortunately in Carroll County, MD, it's easy to determine where all the inspections are (on line search). I made sure all my finals were done prior to opening the pool this year. Even if someone else applies for the permit, the homeowner can always schedule inspections.
Also, I would put as much as the final payment as possible. Mine was 4% of the total cost and things still need done. If it would have been 20%, I'm sure everything would already be done! It's very taxing.
18 x 36 Inground Gunnite, White Plaster 21K gallon
18" raised spa, 8' Diameter (620 gallon)
Triton II Sand filter, Intellichlor IC40 SWG
Pentair Pump, Max-E-Therm 400 BTU
Lamotte ColorQ PRO 7-Plus test kit
TFT-100 test kit
I agree with what has been said, it is better to have a larger final payment. Mine was 5% and it took a call from my attorney to get the pb back after he disappeared for 2.5 mos with 95% of my money and 65% of the work finished... He did return and finished the job to my satisfaction, but it was difficult for me to be diplomatic and cordial about the whole ordeal. It was a six week build that was finished in as little as five months. But he did finish and do what he said he was going to do.
17,000 gal, IG Gunite Diamond Brite plaster Kidneybean,w/7x11 tanning ledge& 3x5 swimout bench,244T 300lb Hayward Pro high rate sand filter(63 GPM) , Hayward 1Hp Super Pump w/3/4 hp booster pump, Polaris 280, Laars Lite 2 175k N/G Heater, Tf-100, Speed stir
Yes I agree, I wish I had put more money at the end. I am 95% paid and only 75% finished. I do have a final construction end date with penalties if not finished. But it is still an uneasy feeling when there are days when they could be working, but no one shows up.
21,500 Gunite Free Form ~ 18'X40', Sun Deck w/ foam jets auto valve, 3-Laminar Deck Jets w/ auto Valve, 1-Swim out, 3' to 8' deep, NPT Raku Tile
All Sched 80 Pipe, Pentair Easy Touch control, Pentair pump and Sand Filter, Raypack Heater, White Plaster, Saline Chlorine Generation, Letro Platinum cleaner w/ booster