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    Default Urgent question for hubbers who have constructed a pool

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    We have built 2 pools and haven't had any major cost blow outs (1 though we already had soil tests etc because it was a new house build). Is it a standard pool contract?

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    I haven't built a pool but I've built a house so sorry I'm not much help, but I would have thought that any excavation would require a soil test before hand to establish whether there is any rock to worry about? We made a very big mistake and signed a building contract before a soil tests / engineering was done, and of course as luck would have it we hit rock in one section of where our slab needed to be. We ended up forking out $20,000 in extra costs but we are talking about a slab here which needs to hold up a house - not a pool. So if a slab cost $20k, maybe hitting rock when excavating for a pool would be a few thousand? Lol sorry I know that's no very helpful. I feel sorry for you, nothing worse than feeling sick to your stomach about something like this. Can you ring the company and get some reassurance and answers to your questions?

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    I have no direct experience but from what you've described I'd definitely be pulling out and doing some more research and getting more quotes. You don't want to go into such a big purchase with such stress and worry and it sounds like there is no ceiling to how much the extra costs will be with this company which is too much risk for my liking.

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    I would be pulling out - and finding a different pool/landscaping company.

    If you are not happy and satisfied that what they are telling you and explaining is the complete truth ... the trust is not there ... and you will spend the next 3 months worrying yourself silly.

    I have recently put in a pool - and had no cost blowouts. The excavation did hit a bit of rock, but the pool company (Freedom) dealt with it no problems. My husband did the landscaping though - we had a fence with retaining built (a Modular Wall which looks absolutely amazing) and hubby built the deck/retaining stuff.

    Electrics and plumbing (Including solar heating) were included in the pool cost and they did not charge any extra other than what was in the contract. The only surprise was that they didnt plumb the backwash ... that councils all have different rules about what you can do with it, so they just leave it for you to do. Many people just use a flexible hose so they dont do anything.

    Storm water drainage was a cost that wasnt really included - so that did cost a bit extra.

    We did not hit the sewerage (luckily) but were also quoted about $5k to move it if we had to.


    I am a bit confused - how would the excavation hit rock and blow out if you already have the hole there from the pool you are removing?


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    I would totally be pulling out before the cooling off expires. Do your homework and choose someone that isn't deceptive (using double talk is not honest).

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    The mention of the sewerage line makes me nervous. Do you need approval to build a new pool over sewer line? Even if old pool was approved, you may need approval for new one?

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