It’s a hot summer’s day and you’re lounging in your garden. You’d love to cool down with a dip in a refreshing outdoor pool but your home doesn’t have one.

In that instant, you declare that you’re having a new swimming pool built and installed at your property so you’ll never be left sweltering in the heat again.

Tempting as it sounds, you need to do your research first, and work out what you can afford, what type of pool is right for your home and who is going to install your new pool.

Before you get swept away in the excitement of a pool, sticking to a budget when talking with your professional pool builder is important so they can work to your requirements and give you the best value for money.

Cocullo Project Stone
Cocullo Project Stone used here in the pool coping and surrounds

A pool is a wonderful lifestyle asset and can also increase the value of your home, but understanding what you’re committing to before you dive in is crucial.

Knowing the answers to a few key questions will help you understand how much a pool costs:

  • Is it a new pool or a renovation of an old pool?
  • Who is going to use the pool?
  • What will you use it for: fitness, relaxation, kids to play in?
  • Where will it be situated?
  • Will it be a salt-water, freshwater pool or mineral pool?
  • What size will the pool be?

When weighing up how much a pool is going to set you back, you should also consider the following factors:

  • Installation
  • Ongoing maintenance

The most common types of pools in Australia are in-ground concrete and fibreglass, followed by in-ground vinyl-liner and above-ground pools. The cost of installing these can vary but generally come in around the following prices:

Above ground pool – $2,000 – $7,000

Vinyl-liner pool – $20,000 – $30,000

Fibreglass pool – $25,000 – $75,000

Concrete pool – $70,000 – $100,000+

Depending on the location, size and style of the pool, other factors that can add to the total cost of a pool installation include paving and fencing.

As well as the cost of paving for pool surrounds, dip sealing may also be appropriate for pool coping and other surfaces exposed to high levels of moisture and should be accounted for during the preliminary process.

According to Matt Cantwell of Secret Gardens, a Sydney landscape architecture and construction company:

A modest sized pool with simple finishes including pool fence and the landscaping required between pool and fence, starts at $150,000 including preliminaries like design, development application and engineering. This Figure can quickly Move north and well over $200k.

Prices vary based on each individual job but it’s wise to address the total costs of a pool prior to install to ensure no hidden costs crop up during the process.

Beyond designing a pool, there are strict safety guidelines when it comes to pool fencing in Australia varying from state to state. To avoid any complications and additional financial outlay, make sure your pool and pool fence is installed to regulations.

Cobb & Co split stone bullnose coping used as contemporary pool border
Cobb & Co split stone bullnose coping used as contemporary pool border

Before you commit to a pool on a whim, the best advice is to get at least three quotes from certified, professional pool builders. Compare these quotes carefully and ask for references.

When consulting with your pool install expert about calculating the cost of any pool, make sure that they explain all costs involved up front – including those that may not have been quoted.