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£3,500 - £80,000







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You're probably thinking of installing a swimming pool or deciding if a pool is right for your home. Either way, having a backyard oasis on your property is the best way to beat the heat or enjoy swimming lessons on a hot day. However, before asking a professional to build or install your pool, you have to set the right budget. 

How much does it cost to excavate a pool? The average cost of installing a concrete swimming pool is £30,000. It can be as low as £3,000 or as high as £80,000, depending on your specifications and location.

Price list for swimming pool installation

The following tables show average pool excavation costs in Australia:

Inground swimming pool


Concrete swimming pool

£25,000 to £40,000

Fibreglass swimming pool

£30,000 to £45,000


Aboveground swimming pool

Cost of material

DIY kits with vinyl liners

£7,000 to £10,000 

Timber decking (optional)

£1,000 to £2,200

Fibreglass pool shell

£2,500 to £5,000

construction workers excavating a swimming pool

Types of swimming pools

Vinyl-lined pools

These are the most pocket-friendly pools. They can be built as inground or aboveground pools. The material is durable, lasting for 10 years.

See also: Pool Repair Cost Guide

Concrete pools

These are the most flexible type, as concrete pools can be custom-made. On the downside, they are expensive, take longer to build, and can crack if the soil is unstable.

Fibreglass pools

Building these pools is easy. They are more flexible than concrete swimming pools and are less susceptible to cracking. The only downside is that they have a limited range of designs.

Other swimming pool costs

A lot of work goes into building a swimming pool, and everything costs money. In most areas, you must have a council approval letter and proper pool fencing before you dig up a new swimming pool.

See also: Swimming Pool Fence Cost Guide

If you prefer an inground swimming pool, you need paving around the pool. For an aboveground pool, a deck has to be installed around it. This extra work might cost thousands of dollars.

With that in mind, the best thing to do is to get quotes from different pool builders and get an idea of the total cost of pool installation in your area.

Swimming pool builder services

Even the handiest person can tell you that a DIY swimming pool isn't easy. Fortunately, you can hire a professional pool builder. They will help you with:

  • Pool construction: a pool builder has the necessary skills to build the swimming pool of your choice. Whether you prefer an in-ground or aboveground pool made of vinyl, fibreglass or concrete, a skilled pool builder has the know-how to complete the job.

  • Pool renovation or resurfacing: if your current swimming pool isn't in the best condition, a pool builder can give it a much-needed facelift.

  • Pool repair: if your pool develops a crack and starts leaking, you might have to dig deeper into your pockets to pay higher water bills. A pool maintenance specialist can repair the damage before it worsens.

pool installation in progress

Post a task for swimming pool installation

Now that you know how much it costs to excavate a pool, you can finally post a task. Taskers nearby will connect with you, and you can then review their offers and select a service. Once you make the necessary arrangements, you'll be able to hire a professional pool builder shortly. Check out how it works for more information on this process.

Here are a few details you might want to share:

  • Your budget
  • Your location
  • Your preferred type of pool
  • Your schedule

Working with a professional pool installer ensures your safety and convenience. It will be easier to get a quote if you provide more details about your needs. Airtasker can help you find someone to build your ideal swimming pool.

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Pool installation usually takes eight to 12 weeks, depending on the pool's type and size. It also depends on how quickly you can get your local council's approval.
If you want something that's low-maintenance and easy to install, choose a fibreglass pool. A concrete swimming pool is more customisable, but it can be expensive and high-maintenance.

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