Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 · Written by Rob Schneider
Are you thinking of installing a swimming pool in your backyard? A pool is great for exercise, relaxation, and entertainment and can also increase the value of your home, but how much is your swimming pool going to cost? Let's take a look at your options and costs*.
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If you've got your heart set on a pool but you have a limited budget, the cheapest option is an above ground pool. Above ground pools start at around $3,000 and go up to $6500 or even more, including the pumps, filters, and ladders that you need. If you want to put in a timber deck around the pool to hide the outside and jazz it up a bit, the pool deck cost will set you back anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000, depending on how large the deck is.
Don't leave pool fencing out of the equation, either. It is required by law in most states for pools over 300mm deep. Pool fencing starts at around $100 for a 2.4 metre length of approved fencing and installation will cost you between $50 and $100 per linear metre. Fencing for an above ground pool will probably be on the lower end of the scale.
If you want to install an in-ground pool, it's going to cost more. A fibreglass shell is your least expensive option. The shell will set you back between $6500 and $25,000 depending on its size, shape and quality, but after factoring in excavation and other work, the pool will end up costing between $25,000 and $75,000.
A concrete pool will cost you between $35,000 and $100,000 or even more. An average-sized concrete in-ground pool costs about $50,000.
It is not just the cost of the pool itself that you have to consider. There are extras to consider as well, some of which are necessary (such as pool fencing which is a legal requirement), and some of which are luxuries (such as feature tiles, waterfalls etc). Also consider what landscaping and pool surrounds you will have.
Water restrictions are in place in many parts of the country and you may have to pay for the cost of filling the pool, depending on which part of Australia you live. This can add thousands of dollars to the total cost of your pool.
Once the pool is installed, you will have to maintain it - ensuring that the water quality is correct, and the pool remains clean. The chemicals to do so can cost up to $50 a month, depending on how large your pool is. As well, there is lighting and heating to consider. To save costs on these, use solar heating and lighting systems.
Save yourself some money by using a pool cover to keep the water cleaner and to minimise evaporation, and run the filtration system during off peak hours.
You will most likely need to hire a pool contractor to manage the construction and installation of your pool. Make sure you get several quotes from pool builders first as the cost will vary between different places and also between the different pools themselves. Before accepting a quote and signing a contract, ensure you know exactly what you are getting for your money.
*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 17 April 2015 to reflect current market pricing.