How Much Does It Cost To Open A Pool?


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Pool Opening Costs

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If you have a pool, you probably can’t wait to get into the water when the warm summer weather starts to arrive. Whether you have your own personal pool on your property, or you are getting a pool ready to open for an apartment complex, you need to do it right. Unless you live in an area where the pool is in use all year long, you will find that it is going to need some prep work when it comes time to open it, and this is often much easier to handle when you choose to work with a professional who can handle the work for you.

In most cases, the cost of hiring a professional to open the pool for the summer is going to be between $200 and $300. However, if the pool happens to be particularly dirty, then the cost is likely to go up and be between $300 and $400.

Pool opening: typical 12x24 sized pool.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Labor $30 5 hours $150
Test Kit $50 1 $50
Chemicals $50 1 $50
Total     $250

Other considerations and costs

  • Taxes are not included in the above costs
  • The size of the pool is also going to be a factor when it comes to opening your pool, as well as maintaining it through the summer.

DIY considerations

  • Pool opening is possible to do as a DIY project if you have the extra time and do not mind the additional work.
  • If you are going to be opening your pool on your own, you are going to want to make sure that you have all of the right equipment and gear.
  • Even if you were to clean and open the pool on your own, you are still going to need a test kit and chemicals for the pool


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
How much does it cost to open a pool in your city?
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Cost by city

  • New York, NY$402
  • Bronx, NY$330
  • Brooklyn, NY$275
  • Philadelphia, PA$343
  • Washington, DC$298
  • Atlanta, GA$269
  • Miami, FL$245
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$257
  • Minneapolis, MN$301
  • Chicago, IL$351
  • Houston, TX$362
  • San Antonio, TX$243
  • Austin, TX$275
  • Denver, CO$232
  • Phoenix, AZ$245
  • Las Vegas, NV$269
  • Los Angeles, CA$303
  • San Diego, CA$275
  • San Jose, CA$332
  • Seattle, WA$243

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