This Is How Much A Koi Pond Costs To Build And Maintain

Find Out How Much People In Des Moines Are Investing In Their Koi Ponds
Digging out a koi pond is part of the cost to build a koi pond

The cost to build a koi pond can be from $6,000 to $25,000 or higher. Koi pond maintenance costs can run from $500 to $1,500. 

Find out more below-

Before We Get Too Far In…

“It would probably be a good idea to look up koi pond costs first,” suggests Angela.

Adam nods. “You’re right. We have no idea how much a koi pond costs to build or maintain, and yet here we are trying to install one already. Let’s do as you suggest and take a step back.”

Angela taps her chin as she thinks. “Then we should start by looking on Google for koi pond costs. We can see if any local pond contractors have pricing on their sites. That’ll give us a better estimate than one of the big, generic sites.”

Adam pulls out his phone and starts looking. Angela walks over to him so she can see too. “Adam, while you do that I’ll look for what new pond owners need to know.”

Here is what the couple eventually finds for koi pond pricing in Des Moines:

The Cost To Build A Koi Pond

The cost to build a pond like this depends on the choices you make

The cost to build a koi pond of quality is between $6,000 and $25,000, though it can go higher. The average cost is $15,000. This includes a waterfall. The only real cost factor is size but others can have a slight impact.

The Main Factors That Can Change Koi Pond Prices

Size. The larger a koi pond is the more it’ll cost. But larger koi ponds do have more room for additions (and some swimming if it’s big enough). Smaller koi ponds can be pricier if you include more additions.

Shape. Koi ponds come in basic shapes like circles. If you want a custom shape it’ll be more of an investment, but it’ll be one-of-a-kind.

Materials. You can get a cheaper koi pond if your contractor uses cheap building materials. Higher-quality koi ponds do cost more but they work better and last longer. This means more enjoyment and less frustration and stress for you.

Additions. Additions are fun and awesome, but they do add to the overall koi pond cost. You can have underwater lights that change colors, logs, fish, and more.

But the cost of a koi pond goes beyond construction. You’ll want to have a professional maintain it so it keeps working and looking amazing in your yard.

How Much It Can Cost To Maintain A Koi Pond

Checking and cleaning a koi pond

The cost to maintain a koi pond ranges from $500 to about $1,500. As this is an average cost range you may pay more or less depending on your feature. This can involve inspecting it for damages and leaks, giving it a full cleaning, and setting it up for the next season.

Pondless waterfalls cost anywhere from $4,500 to $60,000. The typical feature is a 10 to 20-foot stream with a few waterfalls and a total drop of 2 to 4 feet. This usually costs between $10,000 and $20,000.

The Main Cost Factors For Koi Pond Maintenance

What’s included. Our koi pond maintenance cost includes a pond inspection, water treatments, etc. We look for damages that need fixing, rearrange any liner sticking out, moving rocks back to where they need to be, and more.

How they clean. Some koi pond contractors don’t drain the pond before they clean. Both ways are good for pond cleanings but we prefer to drain and clean (we think it makes the pond look better overall).

The season. Koi ponds can need different things done during different times of the year. Fall maintenance can include putting a net over the pond to catch leaves. Winter maintenance can include shutting off and removing the pumps. Spring can include trimming aquatic plants. Summer cleanings are just to neaten the look.

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“Awesome, now we know about koi pond pricing!” Angela says happily. “Let’s see what else we need to know about koi ponds before we install one,” suggests Adam.