How much does it cost to remove a built-in swimming pool?

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Here are a few of the main reasons people decide to remove a swimming pool:

  • The pool needs extensive repairs/renovations that the owner can’t afford or simply doesn’t want to pay for
  • The space is needed for something else (possibly even a new, upgraded pool built from scratch)
  • The owners have lost interest in owning a pool, or sold their home to someone who doesn’t want it for whatever reason

Typical costs of the swimming pool:

It averages around $3,000-$6,000 for partial removal/demolition of a small- to medium-sized pool with easy access for heavy equipment, which includes a minimal (8-10 inches) layer of top soil, but total costs can jump to $6,000-$15,000 or more for larger pools or those with difficult access, lots of decking materials, plumbing or other structures.
Full removal costs vary considerably; it can be $6,000-$25,000 but averages $10,000-$15,000 for removing a small, basic pool with good access. A GTA homeowner was quoted $21,000, but found a demolition company who did a full removal in four days for $10,000 (including permits).

Some or all of a pool removal project can be do-it-yourself, provided you follow all local codes and obtain required permits. After getting a $10,000 estimate for partial removal, a homeowner did most of the prep and cleanup work himself, making the total cost (with a different contractor) $3,700.

Start by calling a swimming pool removal and ask, “What is the best way to eliminate my pool?” They may need to look at it to give you an accurate answer, but it’s better to get the right answer the first time than the wrong one and maybe have to pay twice. They may say you need to fill it or demolish it. You can use some of the decking to support a shed out back in many yards.

And once it’s gone, keep in mind that some subdivisions may force you to remove the fencing or re-do the back yard to a certain style so do some checking before you decide. I would get several quotes for both the removal and the restoration and see what it will cost you in the long run.

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