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Cost Guide to Install a Sprinkler System

Sprinkler systems are a convenient way to water your entire lawn even when you are not at home. Installing a sprinkler system is a fairly involved job and requires professional guidance in most cases. There are various factors that go into the cost of a sprinkler system. Ideally, it is easier to install a sprinkler system before landscaping, but there are more considerations when this isn't the case.

National Install a Sprinkler System Costs

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National Install a Sprinkler System Costs
Average reported cost $2,313
Number of Cost Profiles 3997 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $65
Maximum reported cost $4,500
Most homeowners spent between: $2,032 to $2,665

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The size of the area you wish to install the sprinkler system in is one of the largest factors. The larger the area, the more pipe and sprinkler heads that are required. Because sprinkler systems are installed in zones, estimating cost is not as simple as multiplying the size of one area by two. Zones consist of five to 10 sprinkler heads. Once the pipe is laid, adding zones is fairly easy and can be done at separate times. If an area is already plumbed, zones can be added as you need them or can afford them.

Another aspect to consider in the cost of a sprinkler system is the quality of the parts. In the case of professional installation, you may not have control over this. However, if you choose to do it yourself, higher quality parts will run the bill higher.

If a sprinkler system is being added to an existing landscape, another consideration may be lawn damage and subsequent repair. The installation requires trenches for the pipes and will therefore tear up an existing lawn. Regardless of whether you choose to do it yourself or have professional installation, the lawn will need repairing, which adds to the total cost when budgeting the sprinkler system. 

The cost of installing a sprinkler system varies widely. Professional installation can range from $3,000 on up to $6,000. Doing it yourself brings the cost down to around $1,500 but requires your time and manual labor. The first step to installing a system yourself is to take advantage of the free information provided by sprinkler manufacturers. You can also buy custom plans for your property from these same makers. The rest of the expense is buying parts and possibly tools such as a trench digger.

In the long run, a sprinkler system can be cost-effective. It can save a considerable amount of water because it regulates the duration and amount of water going to your landscaping. 

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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