If you are purchasing a home with a swimming pool, the safety and condition of the pool is just as important as the rest of the house. A pool is a great feature in a home, and often adds to the value of a home. But a pool that is not in good condition can be a money pit. So it’s important to get a full inspection of a pool before you purchase a home. Knowing what to look for with a pool inspection will make you more confident in your inspection and help you make an informed decision when you are ready to buy.
- Issues with the pool deck/coping
- Safety features such as secure fencing, gates, surfaces
- Pool foundation/liner for any cracks, leaks and other damage
- Inspect drains, lights, handrails to make sure they are properly installed and safely in place
- Pool equipment such as pumps, heaters, plumbing, timers and electrical components
To make sure that both the buyer and the seller are aware of any possible problems with the home, it is standard practice to have the home inspected by a professional home inspector. Your home inspector will do a complete check of the home and create a report that outlines any issues they may find. Issues with a home can become negotiating points in a closing. Sometimes the seller is expected to make the necessary improvements. Other times the buyer may forgo the repairs in lieu of a discount on the home price. Either way, knowing what is going on with a home you plan to purchase is a vitally important part of the purchasing process.
If the home you are purchasing has a pool, the swimming pool adds a whole new area of concern for a home inspection. There are many issues that could affect a pool. Some are minor issues with simple repairs. Others could require significant work and expense to resolve. Some issues could even affect the safety of the pool and the people using it. A detailed knowledge of the condition of the swimming pool is a huge factor in the final terms of a home purchase. Just like necessary home repairs, necessary pool repairs can be a negotiating point in a closing. The severity of the issues and the cost of repairs will affect the conditions of sale and may even affect the final sale price.