A swimming pool is one of the most important assets to consider when buying a new home. If something goes wrong, there could be a big repair bill in the future or even risk to your pool users.
People who buy homes with pools generally fall under two categories:
- People who specifically want to buy a home with a swimming pool
- People who discover a home they like has a swimming pool
If you didn’t plan to buy a home with a swimming pool, you might be less aware of the potential problems that could arise, or how to spot them. As a buyer you want confidence that the pool coming with the home you want to buy is in good health.
How to check a swimming pool
The best way to know the pool is safe is with an inspection from a pool contractor. There’s a lot to consider:
- Structural Integrity
If you want to make some visual inspections yourself, here’s where to start:
Is there a fence?
Pool fences are important to safety of all users, especially children, and in the unlikely event, trespassers.
- Is the fence the right height to keep out children?
- Is the fence compliant with local regulations? (Sometimes they aren’t needed)
Is there decking, or paving?
Is the area around the swimming pool non-slip?
Is the equipment functional?
Unless you know the ins and outs of pool heaters, filters and pumps, it will be impossible to know if they are in good health. You can at least ask to see the equipment running to know that it does at least work.
Questions to ask
- Ask about the safety features of the pool electricals
- Ask how frequently the swimming pool has been maintained
- Ask about the typical running costs of the pool
It is a good idea to schedule a water pressure test to check for any possible leaks. Remember leaks can be very slow and occur in a wide range of places, so may not be immediately obvious.
Don’t rely on a home inspector
Home inspectors might offer to inspect a swimming pool, but they may not have the same experience as a dedicated pool professional; therefore if you want to be sure, go with a specialist inspection.