Inground Swimming Pool Unexpected Costs - Do You Know What They Are?

by Pool Builders on 06-23-2008 in Articles

If you are like many people, you may be considering having an inground swimming pool built in your back yard. Then, if you are like most people, you won't have the faintest idea of what your costs will be.

After you've decided on a pool, you probably don't know if you will be spending an additional $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000 to have everything else added. (whatever everything else is). And then, even after that, how much will it cost you every month to enjoy it?

To help you grasp this situation and prepare you for having a new pool, we have listed some basic and ballpark figures to help answer some of these questions.

You can probably have a decent sized inground swimming pool built for, say, $15,000 or more. Bigger fancier pools can be up to $30, 000 or more.

While many things, such as size, shape, and type, determine the cost of the inground swimming pool, the bulk of this cost is labor - and there isn't much you can do about it.

Once you get over that hurdle, you need to consider other things like what type of filter do you want, how much cement do you want around the pool, 4 ft, 6 ft,???, do you want a waterfall, a heater, brick coping, diving board, slide, automatic pool cleaner, and so on. All these extras can easily add on another $10,000. However, the good thing is, some of these options will make it easier for you to maintain your pool.

After all this, you have to pay for the contractors to do the wiring, the people to find your buried gas, cable, septic or water lines and other a sundry things.

Now consider your initial supply of chemicals, pool covers, water to fill, etc. You'll probably want a fence (which includes fences, posts, cement, hardware, labor). The fence itself will cost you at least $1000 with all the other little things adding a few more hundred dollars.

So your initial $15,000 pool is now $25- $30,000, with an average monthly utility costs of maybe $80 to $100 a month.

This article isn't to scare you, but just to make you aware of the "hidden" costs of getting an inground swimming pool installed.

In short, inground swimming pools are fun, but they sure can be expensive.

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