A backyard pool can be a luxurious addition to any property. If you're considering having a in-ground pool installed you should know about all the expenses that can be associated with pool projects before diving in in a in-ground swimming pool. In this document we have taken a cost averaging viewpoint to give you an idea of the expenses involved with a pool project. The total cost of a pool can vary from state to state and each installer will have different expenses. This data is to be used as a generic guide for understanding the costs involved with a pool project. 

Let’s take a look at the expenses of installation types of in-ground swimming pools such as vinyl, concrete and fiberglass pools. This will help us with a better understanding of what’s a good fit for your budget and desires.

General Pool Labor Costs 

It’s important to tell you; some property owners prefer the “self-installation” package where the swimming pool is handed to them for pool installation. If that’s a route you wish to take your pool plan, please disregard this section as it doesn’t pertain to you or your total pool project expenses.

For those who need professional assistance (recommended), it’s smarter to start with the standard labor costs before diving into specific pool models.

In most circumstances, the labor expenses are going to settle in the $35-50 an hour range. Please note, that these expenses are going to change based on the pool company, and the more prestigious builders that work with the best brands can be as high as $70 per hour or more before materials are included.

Be sure to inquire about these rates before paying a contractor. It can help expedite the project and your understanding of what’s being paid for versus what you're getting.

Expectations From a Pool Quote 

To have a better feel for how much each pool install costs, you want to get a better understanding of the general requirements of each project part of the total pool project.

Remember, no two pool projects will be alike, and most have to take into account the space they have to work with and the total requirements of the project. So, what are some of the variables that need to be considered for a pool project?

Variables Should Include:

1) Property dimensions and layout.

2) Swimming pool dimensions.

3) Materials being used for the project.

4) Safety precautions – hand railings, proper markings, pool covers, etc.

5) Free-form, rectangle, custom shapes, etc.

6) Depth of pool – deep, shallow and mid pool height levels.

7) Diving boards, jumping rocks, swim jets and other pool accessories.

8) Fencing requirements to help protect your livingspace and meet safety requirements.

9) Lighting for safety, security and mood. 

10) Contractors – how many will be in my yard and how does their labor affect the cost.

When considering these variables, and based on what a person requires from the swimming pool installation process, will ultimately determine the total bill. The pool owner should always plan for spending more than planned for to be safe. Always sit down and communicate with a contractor to determine how much it’s going to cost and try to determine any unforeseen issues.

If not, the quote could end up being far greater than anticipated due to the additional needs you may have. These fees are always going to play a greater role on cost once the project has been finished. 

In-ground Fiberglass Pools

Now, that we have considered the variables that should be considered, let’s talk about the specific types of pools available for sale.

With fiberglass in-ground pools, plan for  a cost somewhere in the range of $15,000-$35,000 (based on size).

Vinyl Liner In-ground Pools

The next type of pool would be the vinyl liner pool. These are dramatic pools that can provide plenty of years of enjoyment when planned for the right way by professionals. 

The expenses associated with a vinyl liner in-ground pool are going to settle in of $10,000-$30,000.Vinyl liner pools can be a great choice for home owners wanting something robust and unique.

Concrete Swimming Pools

The third option you will have is a concrete in-ground swimming pool, and this is the most expensive type of them all. This is going to end up costing somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000-$40,000 or more... 

With concrete swimming pools it’s important to note they can be customized to your heart’s content as the contractor can construct them from the ground up. You will have complete control over what can be done with your custom in-ground swimming pool.

In review, there are three types of in-ground swimming pools and the fees for those pool types can differ in many ways. If you're still not quite sure about which pool type to choose one of our pool guys can explain the difference and why. All three pool types have their pros and cons, so it's best to look at these benefits along with your budget to determine what is perfect for you.