I received a proposal on a new IG Gunite pool. The national chain is $1672 higher in price. The local builder is offering an additional LED light, EP Henry or Bluestone coping vs. standard brick. The local pool builder is also offering an additional 100 SF of brushed concrete decking and 1 year of opening and closing. The local pool builder is also offering Diamond Brite plaster vs. the national of CLL's Sunstone Select. FInally, the local pool builder is offering a Custom Meyco cover solid or mesh with pump.
The national chain indicates that we should go with them because they will still be around in 30 years. The local pool builder indicates that he can do things cheaper because he doesn't have all the sales middle men.
In addition to the differences noted above, here are additional features plus cost (National $47172; Local $45,500). The total cost of the pool with the following features is as follows:
Fusion Salt System
Aqua Cal heat pump 125
16 LF bench in deep end
6 LF swim out bench in deep end in lieu of ladder
It is very difficult to figure this out as each criticizes each other's approach, style, product, etc. Thanks for your thoughts on what might be a better deal.