If you’re thinking of starting an inground pool project for your home, the first thing you’re going to ask yourself is “how much is this going to cost?” Pools are expensive and are generally considered an indicator of living the American Dream. There are many factors that go into estimating the price of an inground pool. This guide goes over some of the factors, as well as some tips for you to find the best estimate.
General Rule of Thumb
For a no frills pool, you can expect to pay upwards of $40 to $60 per square foot of the pool. Once you have a design in mind, figure out the square footage and multiply by around $50. This can give you the base price of your pool before amenities.
Factors that Can Affect Your Price
Once you have factored the base price of your pool, there are a number of additional factors which can increase and decrease this price. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when pricing an estimate on your inground pool:
- Depth. The base price of $50 per square foot assumes the entire depth of your pool is between 5 and 13 feet. Due to factors such as excavation and amount of concrete to support the weight of the water, an area that is less than 5 feet or greater than 13 feet can affect the price. Any areas less than 5 feet can reduce your base price, just as areas over 13 feet will increase the price of your inground pool.
- Pre-fabricated pool kits. A pre-fabricated pool kit can be purchased anywhere from $5000 to $20,000. However, this includes just the materials for the pool itself. In addition, the cost of digging, laying, concrete, decking, electrical work and plumbing can add a minimum of $3400 to the cost.
- Amenities. If you want to include amenities and additions such as fountains, lighting, waterfalls and infinity edges, these can often add up to more than the pool itself costs. All such amenities will need to be priced individually after estimating the cost of the inground pool.
Dangers of Cutting Costs
Leaks are a common problem of an inground pool. These can cause the entire project to be scrapped and started over from scratch. This leads to even more costs than you may have saved by cutting corners on the craftsmanship of your inground pool.
Other Tips for Estimating the Cost
Here are some other tips you can use to estimate the cost of your inground pool:
- Check with friends, family or neighbors and ask what they paid for their pool. By gathering this information, you can give yourself a better indication of what prices are like in your area.
- Inground pools are a seasonal business, and many companies will offer discounts by purchasing your inground pool during the wintertime. Ask around and see what kind of discounts you can get.
By keeping these factors in mind, you can find an estimate for the inground pool of your dreams.