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Frequently Asked Questions

It’s the ultimate question! What is a realistic budget for installing a fiberglass swimming pool and creating the perfect backyard design for your home and family?

The best way to plan your pool budget is to think about the three stages of pool building: the pool shell, filtration equipment and installation, landscaping and furniture, and maintenance.

Part 1: The fiberglass pool shell, filtration equipment, accessories and installation 

Budget: $50,000 +

Ultimately the cost comes down to your choices:

  • Pool Design and Size. A lap pool will be cheaper than a large freeform pool, and a plunge pool less than a large family swimming pool.
  • Pool Filtration Equipment and Accessories. Are you thinking saltwater or a mineral water filtration system? What about intelligent pool automation, pool lights, a splash deck, spa, pool heater and a automatic pool cover?
  • Depending on your block of land, pool design and accessories choices, the installation cost will vary. A large pool requires a bigger hole. If you live in a rocky area, excavation will require an excavator with a hammer? Do you need to consider sewer lines? See where we’re going? Your local Narellan Pools pool builder will help you uncover any issues before you sign a pool building contract and start digging.

Part 2: Pool landscaping designs and furniture

Budget: $10,000 +

When it comes to landscaping, it all depends on your choices

  • Pool surrounds. Do you plan to build a deck, install fake grass or have beautiful tiles surround your pool? Does your site require retaining walls, paths and gardens? Will you need drainage – plastic or stainless steel? What about an outdoor shower, cabana and pool hut for your filtration equipment and pool toys?
  • Furniture and Décor. Think sun loungers, deck chairs, an outdoor daybed, a waterslide for the kiddies and pool floats. And a nice storage box to hide away all the bits and pieces.

Part 3: Maintenance

Budget: $1,000 + per annum

  • Basic running costs. Every pool requires water, filtration and chemicals. If you want your pool to be clear of leaves and debris and the water to sparkle all year round, you need a robotic pool cleaner.
  • Additional running costs. Pool heaters are the single most significant ongoing cost of owning a pool, but if you want to swim in the shoulder seasons of Autumn and Spring, a automatic pool cover are essential.
  • Professional maintenance. If you plan to hire a professional to clean and service your pool weekly, allow up to $2,000 per annum.

Building a pool is a significant investment. Like any building project, it’s imperative to understand the costs and budget accordingly. Too many families dive into a pool project without fully understanding what it takes to create an Insta-worthy backyard. That’s why, when planning your dream backyard, it’s essential to work with an honest pool builder who has extensive experience and is upfront about all the things you need to think about when creating your dream backyard. 

If you want to be on the front foot, here are some considerations you must include in your budget (and check if your pool builder does or does not cover them).


  • Do you want an area around the pool for seating?
  • What choices are available for a filtration system, pool water, heating and robotic cleaning systems?
  • Where will your pool equipment be located, and how will it be protected?
  • Where will you store the kids’ pool toys and floats?
  • Do you want an automatic swimming pool cover?
  • Do you need to consider sewer mains?
  • What do you want your pool area to look like in three months?

Approval to build

  • What is the cost to apply for a Complying Development Certificate (CDC), Construction Certification and Occupation Certificate? Are these costs included in the quote?
  • Do you need a GeoTech report?
  • Who draws up the plans, and is that cost included?
  • Is engineering required?

Site Costs

  • Are there any access issues, power lines, trees or fences to consider?
  • Do tip trucks, cranes, and excavators have unobstructed access to the site of the pool?
  • Are sewer lines or other services located where the pool will be?
  • Is excavation a fixed cost or charged by the hour?
  • What happens if the excavator hits rock?
  • Is there space to stockpile the dirt, or does it need to be loaded directly into a truck?
  • Who covers the cost of dirt and rock removal from your backyard?
  • Is temporary fencing included in the quote, and who organizes it?
  • Does the site require traffic control when the shell is delivered?

During Construction

  • Do fence panels need to be temporarily removed? If yes, who is responsible for removing and replacing them?
  • Can an excavator lift the pool into its hole, or will a crane be required?
  • Can a concrete truck back up to the pool edge to pour the bond beam, or will a concrete pump be required?
  • Pools require electrical work for filtration, heaters and water features. Is this work included in the price? If you choose a gas heater, is the labor to connect to the gas supply included?


  • Who pays for the water to fill the pool?
  • What is the handover process?
  • Does your pool builder supply a pool cleaning kit (telescopic pole, broom, leaf scoop, vacuum head, hose and chemical test kit)?

Finishing the dream

  • Excavators, trucks, and cranes will transform your grassy backyard into mud and dust during a pool build. How will your pool builder leave your backyard?
  • Who will complete the hardscaping and landscaping?

Your local Narellan Pools builder will work with you through every step of the planning and construction process to ensure there are no surprises!

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