Imagine sitting outside on a hot summer day, laying in the blazing sun without any relief- how much better would your day be if you were laying on a floaty in a nice in-ground pool? If that sounds like a good time, an in-ground pool might be something to look into!
Expect to pay around $61,920 for your in-ground pool. $60,000 is the national average for a concrete in-ground pool installation. The price ranges from $29,000-$90,000 with changes in size and features. Initial maintenance costs an average of $1,920, and once built will be about $125 per month.
Whether or not you have decided to build an in-ground pool of your own, examples from others are always helpful in deciding. I’ve compiled a list of 35 real pool prices as well as quotes from 3 pool companies nationwide. Read on to hear what others have to say about in-ground pools.
The Cost Of A Pool
When we think of how much something costs we usually focus on the installation or the original price of the object, and that typically works, but not when it comes to pools.
In-ground pools are like pets- you buy them, you pay for them to function properly, and then you pay to take care of them from then on. This may sound daunting but as long as you know what you need, it’s a piece of cake!
There are many things that go into the actual cost of an in-ground pool:
- Preparation for use
- Monthly maintenance
- Fun features
Before you can install, you have to get your land inspected, which will cost anywhere between $25-$115. If you are approved, you can find a company that suits you and start the installation.
As I explained earlier, the average in-ground pool costs $60,000 with the average range being $29,000-$90,000.
This is an extremely nonspecific range because pricing has everything to do with how large your pool is, what features you do or don’t add, how you maintain it, and where you live.
Preparation For Use
After installing your in-ground pool, you have to prepare it in order to use it properly. Preparation includes filling the pool then conditioning, filtering, and testing the water for use.
The cost of filling your pool varies greatly depending on where you live, as it is entirely based on how much your water costs.
The average 12×24 foot in-ground pool holds about 11,880 gallons, meaning it would cost ~$71.28 to fill the average pool.
Other preparation measures are conditioning, filtering, and testing the water. Conditioning the water costs about $80, a filter costs anywhere between $200-$1,500 depending on the type of filter you get, and you can buy testing kits for around $100.
A pool vacuum is a vital tool to have when you have an in-ground pool. Vacuums remove dirt, debris, bugs, and other unwanted material from the water in your pool. They cost an average of $800 but will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
In total, preparing your in-ground pool for use will cost you an average of $1,921.28.
In-ground pools must be maintained every month or they will start to become unsafe to swim in, grow algae, or start to corrode.
Monthly maintenance costs include getting your pool brushed to prevent a buildup of dirt and debris which is ~$45 and calcium regulation which costs around $80, averaging $125 per month.
Now that you have your initial and monthly maintenance costs figured out, it’s time to have some fun with your pool! Many features are both fun and useful, and all of them add to the overall experience of owning an in-ground pool.
Popular features include:
- A Water Heater: initially $1,800-$2,400 and $75-$250 to operate monthly
- A Pool Ladder: Ladders help with entering and exiting the pool. Though they are optional, they seem like a necessity and cost only $70-$200.
- A Diving Board: Diving boards are a great way to add an element of fun to a deeper pool and usually cost ~$400.
- A Pool Cover: Simple covers cost $75-$225 and semi-automatic covers cost ~$10,000.
- Pool Lights: Lights can be added to your pool for fun night swims. The two styles are sidelights which cost $150-$300 and floating lights which only cost $20-$100.
- A Pool Fence: Fences not only protect little ones and pets from coming into the pool, but they also protect your privacy. The price will change depending on the size of your pool, but they are $1,120 on average.
- A Pool Alarm: Alarms are useful for people with small children or pets who may wander into the pool area. They can be fitted onto a gate, fence, or door entrance for $100-$300.
- A Slide: Slides are a fun addition to any pool, but they are a bit on the spendy side. A low-end slide will cost about $750 whereas high-end slides can cost $14,000 or more.
Repairs range from $605-$2,500 but as long as you properly care for your pool, they are not needed very often.
Common repairs are as follows:
- Draining to fix major leaks and cracks: $175-$225
- Fixing cracks: $350-$1,000
- Chemical treatments to get your pool at the correct level: ~$450
- Pool light repairs: $65-150 per light
- Pump motor repair: $50-300
- Pump motor replacement: $700-$1,500
- Skimmer repair: ~$175
- Pool heater repair: $165-$750
- Pool heater replacement: ~$2,700
- Leak Detection: $100-$500
- Filter replacement: $75 per filter
Average Pool Prices
Now that you know all the extra costs associated with installing an in-ground pool, it’s time to see what size you would like your pool.
The size that your pool can be depends completely on how large your yard is, what your city or HOA ordinances say about pool size, and how large your budget is.
Below is a chart of common pool sizes with the average price of installation and preparation with no added features:
|Pool Dimensions (ftxft)||Installation Cost||Preparation Cost||Total Cost|
35 Real Examples
After reading all this information on pool costs and sizes you may be wondering just how realistic these estimates are. I went around the internet collecting information about in-ground pool installation and compiled a list of 35 real-life pool costs with the size of the pool and the state it is in for reference.
If these examples seem all over the board, thats because they are! As I said earlier, pool prices vary greatly depending on where you live, what you do or don’t add, what time of year it was built, and what year it was built.
A great suggestion for getting the best pool price for you is to call multiple pool installation companies and ask what they would charge for your area, pool size, and pool features.
Quotes From Companies
Besides real-life examples of what people have paid for their concrete in-ground pools, getting quotes from companies is the next best thing.
I asked a few companies from around the United States that specialize in concrete in-ground pools about their average pool size, the price of the installation, any extra charges associated with having a pool, and for any advice, they would tell someone who is going to install a new in-ground pool.
Company 1: Texas
Cost: In Texas, it costs an average of $50,000 to get a pool installed, but many customers in Texas pay more because they tend to add water features, decorations, and other special features to their pools.
Size: The average size of a pool in this area is 16×32, but this is a hard thing to estimate as all pools are customized.
Tips: Installing a pool in Texas is a good idea due to the long swimming season, but it is not always easy to obtain a permit. Large metros like Huston and Dallas are especially hard on permits, so it is smart to be inspected by a reputable company.
Company 2: California
Cost: A basic pool in California costs about $60,000, but adding features will up the price. California also has specific laws for fencing around pools that will add to the cost. Residential in-ground pools must have 5 feet tall fencing surrounding them, so be sure to factor that into your installation budget.
Size: Pool sizes in California are on the larger side at about 18×40. Pools in California are often not rectangular, taking the shape of circles, triangles, and other fun shapes– this will change the pricing of your pool as it has different dimensions, but it is a great option for a more interesting look.
Tips: Many neighborhoods in California have strict codes put on by the city to prevent water shortages and by Home Owners Associations to upkeep the look of the metro, so be sure to get an inspector who is located in your area as they will know what you can and cannot do concerning your new pool.
Company 3: New York
Cost: The cost of pools in New York is pretty high, sitting at an average of $70,000. Pools are quite popular in New York even though the swimming season is short, and many pool owners add an enclosure over their pools to extend the swimming season- this is useful but it will add to the total cost of your pool.
Size: In New York, the average size of pools is 14×28- a bit on the smaller side for how expensive installation is. They are often installed near beaches or in high-class neighborhoods so there is not always enough stable ground or enough room to install a larger pool.
Tips: The best tip to give to someone installing an in-ground pool in a colder state is to get an enclosure installed. Glass pool enclosures retain heat, and the price range is $15-$65 per square foot, so it varies a lot. It may cost a bit more, but it is very important to get your enclosure installed by a well-known company in order to ensure your enclosure will be able to insulate your pool in the colder months. Getting a heater put in your pool as well as your enclosure is also smart to add to your comfort and to extend the swimming season for as long as you possibly can.