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Updated: September 2, 2015
On average, sprinkler system installation costs $2,453, with most homeowners spending between $1,832 and $3,321. This data is based on actual project costs as reported by HomeAdvisor members.
When spring arrives and you are faced once again with the added responsibility of watering your lawn and garden you may decide that now is the time for a sprinkler system...finally! If you are nervous that the cost of a sprinkler system may not fit into your budget, here are a few things to consider that will affect the price of a new sprinkler system.
Size of your Property
One of the largest factors in the cost of your sprinkler system is the size of your property. The more pipe that needs to be laid and the more sprinkler heads that you need will make the price of your system rise. However, the price does not go up proportionally. That is to say the cost of a sprinkler system for a property that is twice the size of another is not necessarily twice the price. This is because sprinkler systems run in "zones". A zone is an area with pipe and approximately 5-10 sprinkler heads. Once your system is installed and plumbed, adding zones is less expensive than installing a whole system. If you have a large property, and cannot afford to install an entire system everywhere at one time, you can consider installing the plumbing and the system and adding zones one at a time.
Quality of the Parts
The second most important factor in the cost of your system is the quality of the pipe, sprinkler heads and timer system that you use. Sprinkler heads in particular get the most active use and so should be chosen well. What you try to save now in the cost of parts may end up hurting you in the long run in repair and replacement costs.
Although it may seem the opposite, sprinkler systems help you save water! Having the ability to set the time and duration of each watering, not to mention the ability to evenly distribute water and so making watering more effective, will save you money on your water bills. This makes the cost of sprinkler system installation a little easier to handle!
Lawn RepairRemember that to install a sprinkler system you will need to dig trenches for the pipes. Of course the ideal time to do this would be before you have planted a lawn and garden, but if you are installing your system in an already established lawn there will be some tearing up and rebuilding of the grounds that needs to occur. Make sure to plan the repair and reseeding of your lawn as part of the cost of installation.
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