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    I received my pool quote

    and I am hyperventilating. I am moving to a modest but new and accessible home in TX and I requested a quote for pool/deck (stamped concrete) and landscaping. The lady just sent me

    139,000 DOLLARS!!!!!!!!



    No way, no how...
    Where to begin?
    Are rectangular pools cheaper?
    Pavers instead of stamped concrete?

    Maybe just buy an inflatable pool at Walmart?

    #2
    Above ground pool with a deck and ramp would be a heck of a lot less. I had one and it worked out pretty good. Being a para it did not matter that it was only 4 feet deep and at 32 x 16 it was plenty big enough.

    Heck you could do something like this for not too much money and use trex synthetic wood so thee would be no maintenance. This looks beautiful.
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      #3
      My neighbors just filled their pool in. It became unafordable. The lowest quote they got for just refinishing the walls and bottom was $15,000. There were no other repairs involved. It was just a modest rectangular pool about 15' by 30'.
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        #4
        Hi Cripply, we installed a custom concrete pool with stamped concrete apron and walkway to the deck, small waterfall 15x30 5 years ago it cost us about 60K with the landscaping we also have a 400K btu heater on it. I suggest you get another quote we used antony & slyvan they are a national pool contractor.
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          #5
          When we downsized from our 5000 sq foot home to 3000 sg feet we decided to put a pool and spa in. We installed the pool, screen enclosure, and pavers. Here is Florida it was about 30K in 2010. It is not huge, but typical for here. It also even has a wade in style entrance so I can easily get in and out. Plus it works great for my son who is a toddler to play in shallow water! No water fall or anything, but it heated by propane so the spa can warm up quickly. More affordable than electric. We have a large propane tank under ground that also runs our whole house generator in the event of an emergency.
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            #6
            Pools

            Pools are poor investments for a home owner with poor return on your investment when you want to sell.

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              #7
              Originally posted by titanium4motion View Post
              Pools are poor investments for a home owner with poor return on your investment when you want to sell.

              Ti
              This maybe true, but having something that gives you, your children and your grandchildren joy for the last 5 years is a price I was willing to pay even if we never recover a cent from the investment. Plus I don't plan on going anywhere for the rest of this life.
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                #8
                Originally posted by titanium4motion View Post
                Pools are poor investments for a home owner with poor return on your investment when you want to sell.

                Ti

                Not so much in the deep south where it is warm most of the time.
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                  #9
                  Wow that is a lot of money for a pool.
                  i ve been working in construction all my life, one must also look at the running and maintence costs too. On our tiny island surrounded by sea to have a pool is a status symbol. its a pity that outdoor pools are only used during summer months and end up being a waste of valuable space, however one should always design their home according to lifestyle.

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                    #10
                    That must be a very, very nice pool they are quoting. The smartest way to purchase a pool is to buy a house with it already installed. Let the other owner take the hit. You will never get your money back and it will bother you when you realize the only one using it is the dog. With that being said, if it is properly built and has a salt chlorinator, maintenance is minimal. Its good therapy and nice to sit around at night. I floated around for several hours yesterday and it was very relaxing.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by titanium4motion View Post
                      Pools are poor investments for a home owner with poor return on your investment when you want to sell.

                      Ti
                      This maybe true, but having something that gives you, your children and your grandchildren joy for the last 5 years is a price I was willing to pay even if we never recover a cent from the investment. Plus I don't plan on going anywhere for the rest of this life.
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                        #12
                        Great therapy. I use mine several times a week. I will agree with others that it may not give the return on the initial investment when you sell the home. But, from my experience here in Florida if you had 2 exact same houses--they buyers will most likely choose the one with the pool as an added benefit due to our year round "pool season"
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                          #13
                          Why not try an endless pool? I think they start at 20k but may qualify as rehab/medical equipment for tax purposes.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Cripply View Post
                            I requested a quote for pool/deck (stamped concrete) and landscaping. The lady just sent me

                            139,000 DOLLARS!!!!!!!!

                            Holy crap!! What part of Texas? I own a landscaping company in AZ. I'll bring my crew over and do it for half that price! That seems very high to me, get another quote. Any chance you have any drawings you could post up of what you plan to do?

                            Bryce

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Cripply View Post
                              and I am hyperventilating. I am moving to a modest but new and accessible home in TX and I requested a quote for pool/deck (stamped concrete) and landscaping. The lady just sent me

                              139,000 DOLLARS!!!!!!!!



                              No way, no how...
                              Where to begin?
                              Are rectangular pools cheaper?
                              Pavers instead of stamped concrete?

                              Maybe just buy an inflatable pool at Walmart?
                              Is this contractor the only game in town? Get a quote from a competitor.

                              Is there any way the contractor would know what kind of money you have? You'd be shocked how quick word gets out (especially in small towns) if people see you throwing money around and times are tough for the masses. I dropped a 100K on home upgrades back in 2001-2002 and my neighbors (locals) were offended and you could sense it until I left in 2010.

                              I'd ask them for a line item estimate as well as similiar estimates for the jobs they've completed over the last 6-12 months. Then try and put them all on a comparable basis (materials, size, prep, ...) and see if they're taking you to the cleaners.

                              This is a buyers market so don't be a sucker!

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