Hey everyone, I am new, and completely new to pool ownership, so please bear with me while I ask some questions...
I recently purchased a home that has an In-ground pool and in ground hot tub. The house itself sat empty for almost 4 years before I bought it. The pool has a badly torn liner, but I had an inspection from a pool installation and service company, and they indicated that the pool and spa were both properly closed and winterized when they were last used. (everything capped, anti freeze apparent in the lines etc...) The hot tub is in good condition, no cracks etc. They indicated the sand bottom needed to be replaced. They gave us a quote, but became unable to do the work for health reasons.
So, A few questions. I have received a few quotes on having a liner installed, but the price ranges WILDLY, and I am wondering what is REASONABLE to expect to install an in ground liner and sand/vermiculite? I certainly don't want to overpay, but by the same token I don't want someone to come in and do a garbage job that wont last either. My friends seem to think we can do the work ourselves if I purchase a liner, and while it's true we are a pretty handy bunch when it comes to home repair and improvement, (having tackled numerous roofs, drywall projects, and even building a garage) I just don't know if that's a task a DIYer can do.
Also, numerous people suggested I forgo a liner and spend the money to tile the pool, however, I seem to recall hearing to make a lined pool into a hard walled pool it needed to have some additional inner wall installed or something of that nature... and the cost was almost as high as installing a new pool. Is that accurate?
Secondly, as far as the Hot Tub goes, since it is in "Usable" condition, can we go ahead and use that independently of the pool, or is all of the plumbing "interconnected" and will we have issues if we just attempt to use the hot tub with the plugs still in the pool?
Thats all for now... thanks for taking the time to read a total newbies questions.