How Much Does Filling in a Pool Cost?
Although having a pool in your yard may be appealing to some, others find it a hassle. Not only is it a huge job to take care of and maintain a pool, it can also be expensive and take up a lot of space in your yard. Those who have a pool and no longer want it have the option of getting it filled in. Above ground pools are much easier to get rid of than inground pools. An inground pool will need to have the concrete removed, any patio or fencing torn up, and a large hole filled in with dirt and leveled. Although some of this work can be done by the homeowner, professionals will be needed to do the majority of the work.
How much is it?
- The cost of filling in an in ground pool is going to greatly vary depending upon the size, the setup, and the geographical area. On average, the typical backyard pool can vary anywhere from $4,000 to as much as $15,000.
- According to the website PoolRemoval.net, the cost of removing a pool can range anywhere from $6,000 to as much as $15,000. This site states that the cost is going to greatly depending upon the size of the pool, the path to the pool for the contractors, the type of pool removal, and if there are any types of special requirements that need to be done.
What is going to be included?
- During the procedure, an excavator will come in and demolish the pool. After the concrete is broken into pieces, it will be placed into a dumpster. Once the concrete has been removed, the area will be filled in with fill dirt. After the fill dirt is in position, it will be leveled out.
- Partial pool removals will leave the pool in tact. Instead, the contractor will punch holes in the bottom of the pool and proceed to fill the pool up with dirt. The top layer will be leveled, making it look as if no pool was ever there.
- Depending upon the contractor, some will also remove the decking around the pool, the fencing and even pool equipment.
What are the extra costs?
- Some HOA or local city ordinances will require that you have a permit in order to have your pool filled. Permits are going to vary from state to state. Plan on spending anywhere from $50 or more in order to get the permits.
- Many contractors will charge extra for jobs such as removing fences, concrete walkways or even decking that was built around the pool.
- Since the pool is going to leave a rather big imprint on your yard, there is a rather good chance that it will not flow with your yard at first. Because of this, you are going to have to lay sod, dirt, and even landscaping in the area. While this can be done yourself, professional landscapers can charge anywhere from $300 and up to re-landscape an area.
How can I save money?
- Consider a partial removal if you are strapped for cash. While this procedure will not remove the pool completely, you will not notice a difference when looking in your backyard. You may even be able to pay to have dirt delivered to your home and then rent a small bulldozer and do the work yourself. This will still cost money, but will be cheaper than having a company do all the work for you.
- Since your area will be filled with a handful of contractors, use websites such as ServiceMagic.com to find the best and lowest quotes in your area.