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    Quote 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.

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    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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    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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    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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Thanks all. Great responses!
    I agree that it is not for the investment, it is for the quality of life. I lived in TX before and we had a backyard with nothing with grass and a big fire ant hill...We never went out. We built a pool, flagstone decking, some trees...And we basically lived there. It was like expanding the home with one huge new room that we all enjoyed. We exercised every day by swimming, etc etc. Then when we had to sell, we did not recover every penny, but the house sold immediately where similar homes went unsold for more than one year, and had to dramatically reduce their prices.
    For my current home, it also has a fantastic pool and yard/landscaspe. I put it for rent and it rented immediately, and again it was because of the backyard/pool.
    I believe this lady quoted me like that due to the MD factor. Well, I just told her I did not go into this trade for money and I DONT have money. I do have a decent salary, but it covers my and my family's expenses and I give away what little remains...I have no savings. And I told her it would be absurd for me to dish 139K on a home that is worth a bit over 200K!!!!
    I am looking at other companies now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Leatherbee View Post
    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.
    Is this your pool Court? I am ready to dive right now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24/7 Quad View Post
    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.
    Ahhhh what crystal clear water...
    I agree it is cheaper to buy the home with a pool, you can then upgrade the coping, deck, plants, etc...But in my case I bought a modest home under construction so renovations for accessibility would be cheaper and fit my needs. I got quoted 30K to redo all doors, eliminate steps, re do baths and showers, kitchen etc etc. The end result will be a completely new and accessible home for a decent price. I now have to add the pool for exercise and because my kids/friends/hubby and even my dogs really enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJH View Post
    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
    Just a 20 x 38 pool (free form vs rectangular), stamped concrete, and then landscaping with 2-3 queen palms, 1-2 sabal palms, some sagos, then perennials, flowers, oleanders, etc. A medium sized rectangular backyard.
    She also quoted me 8K for irrigation

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpbullock View Post
    Why not try an endless pool? I think they start at 20k but may qualify as rehab/medical equipment for tax purposes.
    My kids like big pools with a slide!

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