you’re thinking about adding a swimming pool to your
backyard, then chances are the cost of the project is a
a local pool company how much a project will cost,
however, is like asking how much a house costs to build.
There’s no one size-fits-all answer.
have to factor in many elements of an in-ground pool
cost, according to the Association of Pool and Spa
Professionals, such as size, additions, water features,
screen enclosures, heaters and patio designs.
said, poolpricer.com gives a rough estimate of between
$25,000 to $50,000 for an in-ground pool. That’s a
pretty big range, and even that is assuming your pool is
of average size, in an average city. It also doesn’t
factor in the cost of your pool’s upkeep.
can, however, keep yourself informed about the many
hidden costs of putting in a pool that could run up the
seen examples of homeowners getting hit with such costs
after the start of the project by their pool company
many, many times," says Marcus Sheridan, with River
Pools and Spas in Warsaw, Va.
hidden costs in pool installations
says that an occasional hidden cost is inevitable, and
that "most can and should be caught, or at least
brought to light, beforehand."
are six hidden costs that River Pools and Spas say can
derail even the best-planned pool installation budget.
Dirt Hauling: When an in-ground swimming pool is built,
a significant amount of dirt comes out of the ground and
has to go somewhere. Always find out before the digging
starts if dirt hauling is included in the cost of the
Lawn and landscaping: The process of putting in an
in-ground swimming pool requires a lot of heavy
equipment. That’s bad news for your manicured lawn.
Any grass in this area, and perhaps on the path to the
pool location, will need to be seeded or replaced after
a pool installation.
Extra Concrete: Homeowners often forget they will need
patio space around the pool, which usually means more
concrete. The cost of additional patio space is usually
the most expensive option to the pool.
Electrical: Some pool builders include electrical
hook-up in their standard package, while others treat it
as a separate invoice. The extent of an electrical job
is based on how many items, such as pool lights and
spas, the homeowner requests. Make sure you know where
it falls on your invoice.
Fencing: Almost every city requires a pool be behind a
fence of some form. It’s almost always better to have
the fence addressed at the same time the swimming pool
and patio are planned.
Retaining Walls: These structures can be pricey. They
also have extreme importance in terms of pool and deck
stability, as well as proper yard drainage. Be sure to
get the price settled before the project starts.