According to CostHelper, the cost of an inground pool can be as much as $45,000. Whether or not you will have to pay anywhere near that amount depends on several factors. Before contracting for a pool, it is important that you understand those factors so that you can make the best decisions for your budget.   

Size and Convenience

One of the factors that has the biggest impact on how much you pay for your inground swimming pool is its size. Obviously, the larger your pool is, the likelier it is that you will pay more for it. How much more depends on what the contractor charges for each additional square foot.

Regardless of how large you want the pool to be, if the contractor has to take extraordinary measures to reach the location and to prepare the ground, the costs of your pool will rise. For instance, if the contractor has to use special equipment to reach your backyard, such as a crane, he or she might charge for the added trouble. If so, the additional cost should be included in your initial estimate.  


Not all swimming pools are the same. There are various materials that are used to make the pool shells, and the higher the quality of the material, the more you will pay.  

For instance, a fiberglass liner is more expensive than other options, and for good reason. The material is highly durable and also energy efficient. The material requires fewer chemicals to retain its condition, which means that your pump will operate less. This translates to energy savings for you.  

However, if fiberglass is not in your budget, concrete is an acceptable alternative. Concrete is also durable, but there is additional maintenance that will need to be conducted to ensure that it stays in optimum condition.  


The landscaping that surrounds your inground pool is considered to be a hidden expense because many homeowners do not think about it until after the installation is complete. However, the landscaping is an important part to ensuring that your backyard is nothing more than just a pool.  

The installation of the pool could result in some minor damage to the landscaping. You will need to be prepared to take steps to get it back to normal after the installation. For instance, you might need to re-sod the area or use pavers to create a pathway to the swimming pool.  

A contractor can help you determine what other factors you should consider when pricing your inground pool.