There are 10.4 million residential pools in the United States, according to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. 

If you aren’t one of them, what are you waiting for? With the right plan and budget, you can make your dreams of owning a pool a reality. 

One of the first questions you’ll need to ask yourself is how much does a swimming pool cost to build and how much will it cost to maintain? 

With our guide, you can answer both these questions and feel confident in making the right decision for your home. 

From the Ground Under

When you make the decision to get an inground pool, you are going to have a lot of options to choose from. 

Inground pool prices range anywhere from $23,000- $100,000. The cost of the initial build will vary based on the size you want, the materials you want to use, and any construction and labor costs. 

You will generally have the option to go from a vinyl, fiberglass, or concrete base. Vinyl being the lowest cost and concrete being the most expensive. 

You should also plan to have a couple thousand dollars set aside for any unexpected surprises that may occur during construction. Anything from gas or water line rerouting to permits and so on. 

The initial inground pool cost does not include extras you may want to add– such as a fountain or waterfall, special lighting, or filters and water pumps. Each of those additions will cost you $2,000 to $10,000 more. 

The range is so broad because of the options available to you. The best way to get a firm idea of how much it will cost you is to do your research into the types of materials you want, the size and shape you want, and get a consultation

Chlorine or Saltwater?

The cost of a swimming pool is more than it’s initial build. It’s an investment that you will need to continue to work on. 

When we talk about pool maintenance it is important to decide early on if you want to go with a chlorine or saltwater pool. Fixr gives you a great look at the comparisons between the two.

Saltwater has a higher initial cost but does not cost as much to maintain on a yearly basis. It is also better for your skin and requires less maintenance overall. 

Chlorine, while more expensive annually, may also be better for your pool in the long run. It also costs less initially and uses less electricity. 

The average cost to maintain any pool is about $60-$150 an hour for deep cleans. It will cost you an additional $300-$800 a year for equipment maintenance and general upkeep. 

The cost of a swimming pool is not cheap but well worth the investment and value to your home. 

Swimming Pool Costs for You

The total swimming pool cost– from build to start-up will likely cost you around $45,000-50,000. 

But don’t let that keep you from owning the swimming pool of your dreams. Ask us about our Pool Financing and see what we can do for you!