Can You Give Me Just A Ballpark Cost On Pool Liner

by Barb

We put in a 15' pool a couple of years ago for the grandchildren. The pool was given to us. 4 family members put it up. It was a nightmare. However, we did it.

Last year, the pool liner tore so we purchased a new 18'. We did all the (prep) ground work necessary. All we need is for someone (professional)to help us install just the pool and liner.

My husband is very handy, and can help. We thought since we have pool installation vinyl liner instructions we could probably do it ourselves if we have to.

But, if we can get someone to do it, with my husband's help, what would be a reasonable price?
Just a ballpark. We live in Lyndonville, NY 14098.

Someone gave us a cost of $500. (He installs pools on the side in our area). I thought $300-$400 was maybe reasonable. What do you think?

Since I don't know much about pools, I really don't know what is reasonable. Just seems to me that's a lot since it costs close to what we paid for the pool. Would appreciate some input.

Thanks for the question Barb

Here are some prices you can figure on when you get your pool liner professionally installed.

  • 18’ round - $500
  • 24’ round - $600
  • 27’ round - $650
  • 30’ round - $750

    These prices seem to be the national average. I charged a bit less but this was about 10 years ago. I didn't install hundreds of pool liners, but I did enough to know that it can be a real pain if it's not done correctly.

    Here are some things to consider when looking for a pool installer/vinyl liners:

  • Average labor price is about $1.50 - $2.00 per square foot range for a licensed, bonded and insured contractor. You need to hire carefully and only AFTER verifying prior work and checking references. Check with the BBB and your local and state agencies to be sure they are legit.

  • Get bids from several contractors and be flexible about the project scheduling
  • Material and equipment delivery fee to and from the job site
  • Worksite prep
  • Job cleanup and debris removal
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies
  • Setup time

    Many of these are on an hourly rate so if you can do some work yourself it can save you a few bucks.

    It might be good if you know someone who does this on the side. It's when you get to a professional contractor/installer. One that's bonded and insured. This is where it gets a little more strict. They may not allow your husband to assist with the installation. He might be the greatest guy in the world, but for insurance purposes, they'll ask him to not assist.

    You could negotiate the prep, clean-up, and/or disposal. You can do this, basically the grunt-work. Get that in the contract because, as was stated above, much of this may be on an hourly rate. You don't want them cleaning up when you can do it yourself.

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