Buying a House With a Swimming Pool?
Get a Pool Inspection
No matter if you are a first-time home buyer, or a third-time home buyer, your home is the largest investment that you will make. And, if you choose to buy a home with an existing swimming pool in the backyard, you will be a homeowner with pool ownership using a reputable pool service company.
Use your real estate agent’s expertise, and your common sense to ensure everything on your checklist meets your expectations.
Before Closing The Deal
Don’t Rely On a Home Inspector To Do The Pool Inspection
A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house provided by a professional home inspector.
A professional pool inspection is an examination of the current condition of a pool by a professional pool service company.
If you found the ideal home that includes a swimming pool, it’s important to get a pool inspection by a reputable pool service company.
Do Your Homework—Talk To The Pool Company Who Serviced The Pool
The ideal situation is to know who serviced the swimming pool in the past. The more you can learn about the swimming pool before the pool inspection, the better. Just as important, learn about the pool company that did the pool service.
Just like the inside of the house, it would be beneficial to know if the pool was well maintained. Was the pool professionally opened and closed? What type of repairs were done in the past? Are there any safety issues lurking?
✓ Don’t be afraid to ask questions since you are potentially a buyer.
Don’t Worry If You Don’t Know Who Serviced The Pool. By scheduling a pool inspection by a reputable pool service company, you will learn the condition of the swimming pool, and potential upkeep costs.
A Pool Inspection Enables The Buyer To Proceed With Confidence That The Pool Meets Code
The scope of a pool inspection includes a visual inspection of the pool. A pool inspection should provide an overall condition of the pool, and the current condition of all accessible pool components with information pertaining to potential issues.
- Pool/ Spa Vessel, Tile and Coping. This includes the pool and deck surface condition (cracks, discoloration and pitting) and the coping surrounding the pool, (open joints, cracking), and tile (falling, loose). Drains are inspected from the presence of anti-vortex covers for safety reasons.
- Pool/ Spa Equipment. This includes inspection of pool/spa lights, skimmers, pumps, filters, cleaners, piping, timers, heaters, controls, diving board, diving stand, ladder, handrail, and pool cover.
- Pool/ Spa Equipment Operation. This includes the operation of the pump, inspection for leakage, proper skimming and filtration, heater activation, filter pressure, and the operation of the spa blower.
- Upon completion of the Pool/Spa Inspection, a pool inspection report will be generated.
✓ The Pool Inspection Report will summarize findings, and identify areas in need of attention.
✓ A Pool Inspection Report enables the buyer to proceed with confidence that the pool meets code.
Attendance—Make Sure You Attend Your Pool Inspection!
✓ Set time aside to attend your pool inspection. You will want to have things explained and answered—don’t skip this important step after the fact.
A Pool Inspection Is An Important Task To Include In Your Checklist…
✓ Consider the pros and cons of pool ownership.
✓ Ensure that you hire a reputable pool service company to do your pool inspection.