How Much Does It Cost to Install a Pool? A Homeowner’s Guide

Do you dream of laying out on a float in your pool while sipping ice-cold lemonade in your own backyard? Seeing as how there are over 10 million residential pools in the United States, you aren’t alone in that desire. As the spring months turn to summer, looking out at your backyard full of grass, dirt and bushes doesn’t have the same effect as a sparkling blue surface.

Before you call up the local pool company and begin digging to install a pool, you may want to know what you are getting into as far as the price tag. There are installation fees, monthly costs, and yearly maintenance that can help you decide which pool is right for you.

Continue reading for a quick guide to how much you should expect to pay with swimming pool installation.


The Shape of the Pool 

The basic shape of the pool can affect the initial cost. Rectangular pools tend to be the least expensive, because they are straight angled, with oval and round pools coming up next for cost.

Pools that are kidney-shaped, free-formed, or custom-made will add more to the price because they make the installation more challenging. These types of swimming pools often require extra or special cut pieces at each step of the installation.


Another consideration that will raise the pool installation cost is the materials used in the installation of the pool.

Custom or free-form pools often will be formed with concrete instead of vinyl or fiberglass. Concrete is more durable and allows a lot of choice in regards to form, shape, and size. They take longer to build and are finished with plaster or a pool finish.

Vinyl is the cheapest option and the fastest to finish. It also lasts the shortest time and usually needs refinishing every six or seven years, depending on weather and the chemicals used in maintaining home swimming pools.

Fiberglass is a happy medium between concrete and vinyl. It can last up to 25 years and is quick to install. Because fiberglass has to be poured into a mold, it does limit the sizes and shapes of what the material can be used for.

Add-Ons and Hardscaping

While the basic in-ground pool costs between 35,000-55,000, everything you add on will bring that price tag up. Tile finish, lights, and a waterfall are common for many pools.

Businesses that sell custom pools, like those found at, may offer hardscaping. Connect a hot tub to the pool so that you and your guests don’t have to leave the water. Have a fire pit or outdoor kitchen installed by the same company to save on the final cost.

Just remember that everything you add will bring the cost up so save and budget accordingly.

Install a Pool That You Dream Of

While the wait to install a pool may seem like it takes forever, when you finally jump into your pool for the first time, it will make the waiting worthwhile. Take a moment to savor and then enjoy.

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