So as I look at the unpacked 26' Intex sitting in my garage, I am 2nd guessing my decision ... AGAIN!!!!
My son just turned 15 and will be entering high school in the fall. My biggest reason for installing a pool is to have a "gathering" place for both adults and kids. Kids being my son, my sister's 5 children (ages 17 - 7), my son's friends, and 4 other neighborhood kids (ages 9 - 16).
Cost is a factor, hence the Intex purchase. However, since the purchase, I've reduced the overall cost of installing a true AGP from $1550 to $925 (a $625 savings). I had also planned to upgrade the Intex filter & pump which would cost about $450. So in closing the cost gap ....
What can I reasonably expect to pay for a good 27' x 52" AGP (no deep end) with liner, filter, pump, skimmer, and steps ? I don't want "most expensive" but I also don't want "cheap" that will cause issues in the next 3-5 years.
I've read on the site about pumps being undersized and filters being oversized (or maybe I have this backwards)...... my point is I have no idea where to begin in putting a pool package together but I have read enough on this great forum to know that if I leave that step up to the vendor, I'm not going to really get what I need ....
Any help is clearing my cloudy head is greatly appreciated!!