I contacted a builder a few weeks ago because I liked his work and had positive reviews. I set up an appt and he had a rep meet me instead of himself, as things progessed I asked him who was building pool he said that occsionaly he will do a project if in his area, as other builder is @ 75 miles away. He then told me he bought the lead and that 1st builder would guarantee work then a week later he told me the 1st builder would also build pool and he would do the landscaping. He gave me a quote and later revised it when I told him my budget and we were ready to go. I asked him for detailed breakdown of product etc as I saw a discrepancy and he tried to tell me that the price was for paver stone and not bluestone that I wanted, he was vaque on my water feature, also equipment was different. He then bailed on me and said that he could not do my pool that the margin just wasn't there that is was only 10% and other guy was to busy to do job and ****** off I wanted bluestone. I told him thanks a lot!! I was pisssed off so I called the original builder and told him guy bailed on me and he said he would do the pool and it was news to him as he hasn't spoken to lead buyer or whatever he was in a couple of weeks.
I figured the 2nd guy was just "buying" the gunite pool shell from the 1st builder thus the guarantee and planning on finishing for me with cheaper equipment then realized I was not going to pay a lot for basic equipment and decided to walk.
I have met with 2 other builders in the interim to see pricing, and waiting to decide which of 3 to go with.
Looking for @ 450 sq ft gunite, with pebblesheen, pentair equipment, saltwater, 10 foot baja shelf. 60 sq ft raised spa with boulder waterfall.
Advice is appreciated along with rough estimate of cost. Anthony sylvan was @55K but they seem like a mill operation.