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How Much Does Pool Renovation Cost?

Last Updated Jun 10, 2015 · Written by

Pools|Renovation Costs

Does your old pool need a new lease on life? Is a pool renovation in your landscaping "to do" list? It may be exactly what you need, but pool renovation specialists recommend weighing your options carefully before you plunge in. These are some of the things to plan ahead for if you're considering a pool renovation.

What is a Pool Renovation?

Chances are, when you first think about renovating your pool, you think about cosmetic renovations only. However, if your pool shell needs a makeover, you may also need to repair or replace some of its working parts, like the filtration system, pump or pool heater. How much is the whole job going to cost?* That will depend on how much has to be done. If you're lucky and only cosmetic work is needed, your renovation could cost less than $1000. If major work is needed, you could be facing a pool renovation bill of $10,000 or more. As a rough guide:
Minor pebble repair jobs can cost less than $500. A full job might cost around $3500
Coping often needs to be repaired. This can cost as much as $3500 for a major renovation
If you want your pool to be like new again, it can cost $10,000 for a full makeover
Add new pool pavers, landscaping and other features and you may be looking at costs of $20,000 or more
Pool renovation specialists will come to your home and inspect your pool as part of their service. Some of the things they will look at include:
  • Equipment such as pumps and heaters,
  • Plumbing,
  • Lighting,
  • Coping,
  • Skimmers, and
  • Tiling and grouting.
If they recommend major renovations and show you why equipment, plumbing, lighting, coping and/or other repairs or replacements are needed, it's better to let them do everything now rather than just get the cheaper cosmetic repairs done. Leave the major work out now and your pool won't last as long as it should before you need further renovations.

Why a Pool Renovation is Cost-Effective

No one likes to pay $10,000 or up to $20,000 to renovate a large pool, but ask yourself how much it would cost to install a new pool. Odds are, it would cost at least twice as much. An inground pool, for example, can easily cost $50,000. If you can make an old inground pool as good as new or better than new for $20,000, it may be a great investment and will increase the sale value of your home.

Stay within your budget, but look into ways you can make your pool even more enjoyable when you renovate. For example, you might want to consider adding a waterfall, replacing your pool pavers and doing some landscaping at the same time. These jobs might add $5000 to $10,000 to your total costs, but can transform your backyard and your lifestyle.

To be sure you're getting good advice, the best price and the most qualified service, get quotes from several pool renovation specialists first. Reputable services will not try to sell you more or less than you need to get your business. They will explain everything in detail so you can make an informed decision.

*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 19 May 2015 to reflect current market pricing.

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