How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Swimming Pool

AVERAGE COST OF REMOVING A POOL WITH RESTORATION

 GOOD ACCESS (10’ WIDTH)LIMITED (6’ WIDTH)POOR ACCESS
Full Pool Removal$10 – 14K$12 – 16K$20K and up
Low Impact Pool Removal$7.5 – 10K$10 – 14K$15K and up
Basic Pool Removal$6.5 – 9K$7 – 12K$12K and up
Above Ground Pool Removal$1.5 – 3K$2 – 4K$4 – 6K

Note: Many other contractors do not properly restore the access path and pool area to a professional level. Don’t be fooled by lower prices that don’t include professional restoration.

COMPARING PRICES

Comparing apples to apples is just about impossible. In most cases we provide a scope of services that you would have to go multiple contractors to get the same scope of work completed. This is something anyone can do, but to do it correctly in a timely manner you need to have the right equipment and experience. Anyone can fill in hole, but the difference is the in the possibility of settling and impact/trauma to your property by the equipment being used. An excavation company may be cheaper, but they are not going to restore damage to your yard and will likely want to use over kill equipment causing unnecessary trauma to your property. Other landscape companies do not have the equipment or demolition knowledge to complete the project in safe timely manner without future issues.

COMMON QUESTIONS

Settling is the most common question asked. To date Mack Land, LLC has never had an issue with settling on a pool removal. Why? Because we fill in thin even layers and compact it evenly as we fill the pool in.

How long will it take?

Most in ground pool removals are completed in 3-7 days. Above ground pool removals are completed in one to two days.

Who gets the permits?

Mack Land, LLC will obtain all permit as part of our services.

How do we get started?

Mack Land, LLC will start the permit process with a signed contract and a copy of your plat of survey.

What is PGE?

PGE is a regional classification of coarse gravel. PGE is 6-8” minus recycled fractured concrete gravel with fines suitable for use as sub base for roads or for general structural fill. Mack Land, LLC will process all concrete
associated with the pool into PGE and use it as fill material.

What is better sod or seed?

Seed is by far the best way to go. Grass grown from seed will develop a more drought tolerant root system and blend into your existing lawn better. Also with sod it very possible to get grubs and other pests from the sod farm.

When do you need the project deposit?

Mack Land, LLC prefers to pick up the deposit check in person after the permits are approved. Mack will deliver the permits and pick up the deposit check at that time. The remaining balance is due on completion.

Park Ridge, Illinois Pool Removal

All Concrete Pool

Park Ridge, Illinois is a highly sought after housing market. Our client purchased this house with the intent to fix it up as a rental. Removing the old, unused pool in the backyard was a big part in getting the house ready.

We broke up the all concrete pool and hauled it all offsite. Park Ridge, IL does not allow any part of the pool to be buried onsite. We also removed the concrete walk around the pool.

As we do with all our pool removals, we brought in clean fill material and compacted in layers. After bringing in pulverized topsoil, spreading grass seed and installing erosion control blanket, we finished the job and left the future renters with an expansive back yard.

If you live in the greater Chicagoland or Denver Metro areas please do not hesitate to give us a call about swimming pool removal or any of the other services that we offer.

No one removes more pools than Mack Land.

Barrington, Illinois Pool Removal

Vinyl Liner Pool Removal

Our clients enjoyed having a pool in the backyard, however over time it became more than they wanted to deal with.  The liner needed to be replaced and the steel pool walls were beginning to rust and fail.  They had not used the pool in a few years and decided it was time for it to go.

 

 

This vinyl liner pool removal in Barrington was a pool style we have seen many times in the area.  This pool consisted of a vinyl liner, steel sides and a vermiculite bottom.  Not all liner pools have a concrete pool bottom, some are a form of vermiculite (like this one) that is very chalky and easy to break up.

 

 

We removed the steel side and concrete walk around the pool and disposed of both offsite.  No material from the pool was buried.  We then brought in clean back fill material, compacted in layers and brought the area to rough grade.  The pool had been slightly raised so we graded out the area to give our client’s a level, usable backyard.  We finished with grass seed and ersosion control blanket to blend the new lawn area into the existing lawn.

 

 

If you live in the greater Chicago or Denver areas please do not hesitate to give us a call about swimming pool removal or any of the other services that we offer. Also make sure to visit our experience page to see some of our previous pool removal work.

No one removes more pools than Mack Land.

Pool Removals: We recommend removing the concrete.

Real Estate Pool Removals: Tip #1

This can be a topic that varies depending on who you ask and where you are located.  The landscape architects at Mack Land specialize in pool removals and always recommend removing the concrete, no matter if the code allows it to be left onsite.  Ideally this is the right thing to do and adds the most value.  However, site constants, access and budget sometimes make leaving the concrete the only feasible option.

Most towns do not see a lot of pools being removed and have not put a lot of thought in to their code.  Some towns have no code at all.  The most basic code we commonly see is to perforate the pool bottom and take the sides down 24” below grade.  Well that’s OK if your seller is looking to do the bare minimum.  What if the next homeowner wants to put a pool back in, or an addition?

Removing a pool in today’s market.

Benefits include:

  1. Gain a larger backyard with more usable and marketable space for realtors to sell. Potentially lower property taxes.
  2. Houses without pools appeal to a broader market.
  3. Houses being sold “as-is” with a pool in disrepair will decrease the value of the home more than it will cost to remove it.  Surrounding property values may be negatively affected as well.

When you are sitting at the closing table, a new buyer can take issue to the concrete being left onsite even if the code allows it and try to leverage a better price.  This is more likely to occur in a buyers’ market.  In a sellers’ market, people are more likely to overlook these concerns.  In elite communities, we feel it always pays to remove the pool in its entirety.

As we stated earlier, removing the concrete is the most ideal thing to do but is not always feasible.  If you decide to leave the concrete, the entire swimming pool should be thoroughly broken down into small pieces.  An excavating contractor or a pool removal only contractor are concerned only about getting the job and want to get in and out as fast as possible  They will want to do the bare minimum and they will not be concerned about minimizing the damage to the property because they are more than likely not going to have to restore it.  These bids always seem cheaper.

If the client chooses not to haul everything off, Mack Land thoroughly breaks up the entire pool into small pieces of concrete (see below).  We go above and beyond to remove all plastics, metals, wood, and vegetation and recycle it off site.  Also, we make sure the fill dirt is clean and suitable for compaction and from a local residential source.  In addition, we typically use plywood/ground protection along the access route.  Our specialized low ground pressure machinery also reduces our impact to the work area.  We include a professional restoration and we always use the highest quality seed and turf.  Mack Land is so confident, we are providing pool removal closure reports and a lifetime warranty on our pool removals.  The pool removal closure report is a great tool to have on hand during real estate deals – documentation of the process from start to finish.

 

Mack Land Low Impact Pool Removal - Concrete is processed onsite into structural fill.
Mack Land Low Impact Pool Removal – Concrete is processed onsite into structural fill.

Don’t pay to get the pool removed twice, get it done right the first time.

Not all contractors care about homeowners like Mack Land does.  We are committed to add value to your real estate.  Why?  We care about the buyer and the seller.  We are not going to push anyone into something because it is easier for us.  Whether it is a buyers’ or  sellers’ market, it pays to do the job right the first time.  Improperly removed swimming pools can be something that can be a nightmare at the closing table or haunts you down the road, even after the real estate transaction has been completed.  Most states require you to disclose landfills.  Buried concrete can be considered landfill material.  No matter how you interpret the laws and codes, morally, you should feel obligated to disclose the buried pool removal to the next owner.

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If you’re in the greater Chicago or Denver areas please contact us to discuss your pool removal options.

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5 REASONS TO REMOVE YOUR
SWIMMING POOL TODAY

 

1.  Reduce Stress and Enjoy your Back Yard

  • Having a pool in disrepair is stressful
  • Every time you look into the back yard you see it and it haunts you
  • At night you may lie awake trying to figure out how to deal with the problem
  • Neighbors may be complaining and you may start receiving letters from the City or Village

2.  Increase Real Estate Value

  • Gain a bigger yard with more usable space and a more marketable space for realtors to sell
  • Houses without pools appeal to a broader market – backyard space allows for options
  • Houses being sold “as is” with a pool in disrepair will decrease the value of the home more than it will cost to remove it and may decrease surrounding property values
  • The cost of removing a pool in disrepair will be significantly offset by the value it adds to the property and it will make the property easier to sell
  • Safety concerns for children and pets is reduced

3.  Save Money

  • Property Tax Reduction – Pool are considered usable space are you are taxed on it
  • Reduce your Home Owners Insurance Premium – Pools are a safety liability
  • Lower your monthly utility costs, energy costs are constantly rising, your pool will only become more expensive
  • Water costs are rising
  • Repairing an old pool will cost a lot more than it will be to remove a pool over the long run

4.  Public Pools are like Water Parks

  • Public pools are up-to-date with latest safety features such as shallow pools for toddlers
  • Public pools increase social interaction among children and parents, making a community stronger
  • Your taxes are paying for the public pools, so why not use them

5.  Reduce West Nile Mosquito Breeding Grounds

  • Abandoned pools are the ideal spot for mosquitoes to breed

 

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Schaumburg, IL Pool Removal

This Schaumburg, IL pool had been damaged by recent storms.  The homeowners had been debating removing the pool, and the last round of storms and damage helped make up their minds.

The pool was the dominant feature in the backyard.  It also had a large concrete patio associated with it.  We removed both the pool and the concrete patio, bringing them to a clean slate.

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We finished the project with grass seed and blanket.  Phase 2 for our clients will be to install a new patio to fit their needs.

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If you are in the greater Chicago or Denver areas and need your pool removed then please do not hesitate to contact us for a complimentary estimate.