How Much Does It Cost to Install a Sprinkler System?

Monday, March 7, 2022
You decided to move forward by adding a sprinkler system to your property. Now, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. How much does it cost to install a sprinkler system on your own versus hiring a contractor to do all of the work for you? 

Sprinkler System

National Averages
According to Home Advisor, the national average for a new sprinkler costs $2,429. At the lower end of the scale, the cost is $500, and the high end is $5,000.

The typical cost for an irrigation system ranges from $$1,697 - $3,530. Many factors go into the cost of sprinkler system installation, including permits and hiring a contractor versus doing it yourself.

Alternatively, you may be a DIY’er not experienced in electricity and plumbing, so you’ll need to hire contractors to handle those two phases of the installation—adding to the final cost of a sprinkler installation.

9 Budgeting Steps for an Irrigation System
The size of your lawn and landscape determines how much you’re going to spend installing a new sprinkler system.

Here are nine more steps to consider when budgeting for an irrigation system:

1.  The size of your property including any slopes: You need to take in the size of your property. If you have a large yard with lots of landscaping and flowerbeds, you’ll be spending more money on your installation compared to a smaller lot. If you have a slope on your property, you’ll want to invest in a controller that includes a cycle soak option to keep water from eroding your lawn.

2.  Your property’s soil condition: The type of soil you have on your property affects the kind of sprinkler head or nozzle you’ll need to buy for your new lawn sprinkler. Both clay and sandy soils present different challenges to sprinkler systems. For example, you want to buy a stainless steel nozzle for sandy soils because it can handle the coarseness better than a plastic nozzle. Yet, stainless steel costs more than the plastic type.

3.  How many zones you’re putting in: Your cost for a new lawn sprinkler needs to take into account how many zones you’re putting in. However, you can conserve on the initial investment plan for those additional zones by putting in the piping with the option to add connecting zones later.

4.  Your lawn, landscape and gardening needs: If your lawn is in full sun, it’s going to need more water than a shaded yard. Likewise, if you have water-loving plants, you need to consider those irrigation needs when installing a bubbler or a dripline.

5.  The brand that you use:  You may want to go for the cheaper brand on the market. But don’t go down that road. Instead, you want a quality sprinkler system that will last for a long time. Plus, you don’t want to add cheap sprinkler heads or other irrigation tools to your quality sprinkler system because less expensive ones break faster as well as not work as efficiently.

6.  Hiring a contractor: If you’re not a DIY’er, then you’ll spend more money when you hire a contractor to install your new sprinkler. You can relax and let the contractor do all the heavy work of securing permits, digging trenches and installing your sprinkler correctly.

7.  Buying materials: You’ll need to buy PVC piping and other materials during the installation phase. Be sure you include all the extra parts as well as the entire system as part of your budget.

8.  Renting equipment: You may decide to rent equipment for your irrigation installation. Make sure you line item a trenching tool, a skid steer and a front loader to help you prepare your yard for the installation.

9.  Repairing your lawn: If you’re planning on adding a sprinkler system to an established yard, you’ll need to reseed or re-sod your lawn after the installation process is finished. You need to count the cost of hiring a lawn care company to repair your lawn or the cost of seeding your yard on your own.

How K-Rain Can Help You Install Your Sprinkler System
We can’t write a budget for you, but we do have quality sprinkler parts that will give you an efficient water sprinkler system. We also have sensors and timers to help you control the outflow of water on your property.

If you’re a DIY’er, you can find our products at our online store, Lowe’s and The Home Depot. You can find K-Rain contractors on our website as well.

If you have any questions about K-Rain products, call us today at 800-735-7246, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. You can also email us at

Sources:, “How Much Does It Cost to Install a Sprinkler System.”, “Guide to Buying and Installing a Sprinkler System.”, “Dealing with Slope Irrigation.”
Wilson, D.R. and D. Whiting, “Operating and Maintaining a Home Irrigation System.”