If you live in a warm climate, chances are you think a pool in the yard would be a fun and beneficial addition. A swimming pool can enhance your outdoor living space, and increase the value of your home. But, this is a big project and there are many factors and costs to consider. Swimming pools come in many shapes, sizes, and materials and the many variables involved will influence the overall cost to you. The national average cost for building a swimming pool is between $10,000 and $100,000 depending on style, design, and materials. The first decision to make is whether or not you want an above-ground or in-ground pool.

How Much Does It Cost To Build And Maintain A Pool In 2021?

Above-ground pools will cost between $1,500 and $16,000 and come in a wide range of materials, shapes, sizes, and styles. Above-ground pools are more affordable but just as enjoyable as an in-ground pool. They are also easier and less invasive to install. In-ground pools range from $35,000 to $90,000 on average and can be constructed from different materials. These pools are usually more attractive and have more customization options, but these will increase your overall cost. In general, the average costs (fully built and installed) for in-ground pools are as below:

  • Vinyl: $35,000 to $65,000
  • Fiberglass: $45,000 to $85,000
  • Concrete: $50,000 to $90,000

Building a pool will include labor costs and these will vary by pool type as well. Above-ground pools are easy to install and not as labor-intensive, so labor costs will be low. In-ground pools have higher labor costs, and concrete and fiberglass have higher labor costs than vinyl. Labor costs will also be increased if the ground needs to be leveled and by the extent of excavation needed. On average, labor costs to build a pool range from $5,000 to $30,000. Additional building costs to consider include:

  • Landscaping: $100 – $45,000
  • Permits: $200 – $300
  • Excavation: $500 – $3,500
  • Heating/Filtration: $5,000 – $7,000
  • Decking: $5,000 – $15,000

Cost of Running a Pool

In addition to building and installing a pool, there are costs related to running it. Average costs for running a pool will include covers, maintenance, electricity, chemicals and cleaning, and repair costs. The costs for these will vary by pool size, location, and whether you do the work yourself or hire a professional. Combined costs for running a pool can be around $3500 a year or close to $5000 for larger pools.

Pool Maintenance Costs

Annual pool maintenance will cost between $475 to $800 over the summer , but if you use the pool all year round, these costs will be higher. Maintenance costs will also be higher if you choose to hire professional pool cleaners to take care of the work for you.