We had about 7 bids in total, but yes not one of them ever followed back up with me, I had to follow back up with them. We settled with J Caldwell Custom Pools at $102k Poo/Spa with a fire pit. Most of the bids were in the upper 90'sThe only other quote that I would consider came from Foley and they offered $105k to build a pool + spa. Pool surface area is 566sqft, size 37' x 18'. Same depth. Different equipment brands and such, but much bigger pool for an additional $14k or so. They also quoted $96k for the same design but smaller: 31' x 18', surface area 437sqft. Overall I feel like Foley has given me "more bang for the buck" even though the price is overall higher. You get more pool for the money, it seems.
Honestly it's been more of a struggle to get pool salespeople to keep in touch with me and give me updates on the progress of their designs/quotes than it has been deciding between bids. Over half of my contacts haven't even given me a bid after several months. This includes Chris at ADG, Robertson Pools, and Collin Bryan. They're all very bad at communication, despite the great reviews I've received from direct messages people have sent me on this forum.
This whole process has been nothing but expensive and frustrating, and I haven't even started construction yet. I can't imagine what a sh** show that's going to be if this keeps up.