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Pond Construction Cost

Compared to the cost of a pool, a pond is a very affordable option that can greatly increase the curb appeal of your home. Ponds can also be calming and relaxing features to make your life a little less stressful. Unfortunately, constructing a pond on your property may not be something that most people can handle on their own, so hiring professionals is often the way to go. Use this cost guide as a reference when getting quotes and building a pond on your own property.

National Install a Pond Costs

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National Install a Pond Costs
Average reported cost $2,933
Number of Cost Profiles 253 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $150
Maximum reported cost $8,000
Most homeowners spent between: $1,675 to $3,613

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Average Cost of Pond Construction

There are a number of factors that can influence the total cost of your pond. Size, generally, is the number one indicator of the pond's total cost, and choosing a smaller pond may be the best option for a limited budget. The type of liner used is also an issue, and the various materials can vary substantially in price. Of course, your geographic location and the terrain where you want to place the pond can also play a role. Overall, homeowners should expect to pay somewhere between $2,487 and $3,611 to have a new pond constructed on their property.

Choosing the Right Pond Liner

The biggest decision that you will need to make about your pond is what kind of liner to use. If you are willing to spend a little more to ensure a life of 50 years and limited maintenance, liners made from concrete or fiberglass are often considered to be the best option. If budget is more of a factor, a flexible plastic liner can last for 20 years and costs far less than sturdier materials.

Adding Extras to Your Pond

While a simple pool can be attractive, most homeowners are eager to add in extras to up the appeal of the water feature. A waterfall, for example, is a popular but pricey option. A basic filtration system can help keep your pond cleaner over time, and it requires less labor in the long run. Fish are also a fun addition that create a natural or Zen space, but the prices will vary depending on whether you want run of the mill goldfish or specialty koi to be featured in the water.

Last updated on May 23, 2016

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