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How Much Does it Cost to Build a Pool in Southern California?

Updated: Mar 13

In California, the average cost of building a pool ranges from $29,960 to $58,850. The cost of installation depends on the size of the pool, whether the pool is above ground or inground, the building materials used, and whether the pool is chlorine or saltwater.



The overall swimming pool cost can vary greatly, and there are a few general factors that should be considered when starting a project. These include landscaping costs, add-ons, heating and filtration, building permits, equipment, labor, and other maintenance expenses beyond the initial installation.


Above Ground

Above ground pools are generally less expensive, can be installed fairly quickly, and are able to be moved if needed. The average cost of an above ground pool is $2,800, which varies depending on the size of the pool and added features. They require additional plumbing and electrical equipment and can easily become more expensive to install if the ground needs to be leveled.


Inground

Inground swimming pools are more expensive than above ground pools and can take weeks to install, but last much longer. The average cost of inground pool installation is $35,000 and mostly comes from excavation and total labor costs.


Extra Costs

Costs of running and owning a pool include water and electricity costs, increased property taxes and homeowner’s insurance, and maintenance services. Saltwater pools have lower maintenance costs and don’t have the chlorine “smell” or cause potential skin irritation like chlorine pools can. Installing a new saltwater pool costs an average of $29,000 to $57,000, and converting an existing chlorine pool to a saltwater chlorination system ranges from $600 to $2,200.


Building a pool can be much more cost-effective with the right planning and budgeting.

Simplifying the design, choosing a smaller pool, and waiting to add additional features are all ways to make pool projects more affordable. Installing a pool yourself can save thousands of dollars, but may not be worth the risk. Using professional pool builders costs more initially, but they have the expertise and equipment required to install the pool correctly and avoid potential, costly construction issues.



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