Buying a house isn’t an easy task. From budgeting to touring, it can be exhausting. But, if you’ve found your dream home and it comes with a dreamy pool too, you’ve hit the jackpot, right? Maybe!
Here are the 5 things you need to do when buying a home with a pool:
1. GET A POOL INSPECTION
Most buyers opt for a home inspection, but the standard inspection doesn’t cover the pool. You’ll want to schedule a separate, specialized pool inspection to check for tears in the lining and cracks in the foundation as well as test the pump and filtration system. This way you’ll know what kind of pool you’re getting and the condition.
2. CHECK THE CONDITION OF THE EQUIPMENT
Maintaining a pool requires pool equipment. Inspect the current equipment to see if the homeowner has kept it in good working order. If it’s broken, dirty or doesn’t look like it’s been used in a while, pool maintenance might not be at the top of the seller’s priority list. This is another reason why getting a pool inspection is important.
3. ASK FOR A MAINTENANCE WALKTHROUGH
From running the pump to treating the water, there are many little tasks involved in taking care of a swimming pool. Ask the homeowner or a local pool professional, if they can give you the rundown. This is especially important if you’ve never owned a pool before.
Learn how high the water level should be. Go through the water testing process to gauge pH levels. Learn how to hook up the vacuum and what to do if something goes wrong.
4. GET COPIES OF RECEIPTS AND RECORDS
Just like a car, people often keep records on their pool. Ideally, the homeowner will be able to provide you with copies of pool service records so you know what they use to maintain the water quality and the company they hire for pool service. If the homeowner doesn’t have records, your local pool company should be able to serve you.
5. FIND A LOCAL POOL PROFESSIONAL
You may be able to buy chemicals and equipment online, but nothing beats the total value of working with a local pool professional. You get the benefit of a pool expert who can test your water as well as provide recommendations and service. Still looking for a local pool professional?