We have been interviewing pool contractors for 2 months and I can't seem to sort through all the bids/conflicting information.
We are looking to build a pretty standard saltwater 32x16 with 7x spa, 2 waterfall features, 50 linear feet of stacked stone, 800ft acid washed deck, hybrid pump, 400,000 btu heater, filter (sq ft varies greatly between bids).
We have several large protected oak trees in our yard so the best cleaning system is hotly debated between contractor ranging from auto pool covers, inexpensive vacuums, in floor cleaners.
Bids range from 56k (this guy does a million pools a year and some people love him, some people hate him) to 88k (this guy drove a BMW and was fantastic on all levels) with high 60's being where most are landing.
To my questions.
What do you think the best system is for handling acorns & oak leaves?
The contractor we are leaning toward made a huge show of noting that they use #4 in pool bond beam and a minimum of 4 return lines. Important or just sales tatic?
These guys are at $61k for the basics of what we want. They options they recommend are below....would love any thoughts on the cost/value of each/all.
Quickclean in-floor cleaning system ($5500 extra). They say this is the best way to address the trees. Better than cover as I will have to clean the cover before opening.
Pebble Finish (approx. $2400 additional)
Total Control system (approx. $2900 extra) read some older negative reviews here.....but recent replies seem to be better.
If I add all, we are over $70k. Oy. I can do it financially but it takes up any allotment for unforeseen issues.
Lastly, this contractor has been in business for 20 years but have very little info about them online (3 yelps reviews, nothing on Angie's list) but I like them. The others have lots of good reviews on line and some have personal friends that have used them but those guys haven't followed up on any of our conversations or revised bids without asking multiple times or even returned calls without me having to call multiple times.....what is more valuable - good reviews or guys that show up on time and follow up as expected?
Wow! I have a lot on my mind....its all so confusing A plastic kiddie pool from target would be so much easier.
Thanks in advance for any and all input.