Do You Need a Pool Inspection Prior to Buying a Home?

Filed under: Real Estate Law

You’ve found the perfect home, and it has a pool. You’re ready to proceed with a home inspection and possibly make an offer on the property. But wait; do you also need to conduct a pool inspection?

There are several good reasons to obtain an inspection from a qualified pool company. First, if you expect to enjoy the pool for many years, the last thing you want is an unpleasant surprise. This is particularly true if you’re buying the home in the winter when the pool may not be used as frequently. You don’t want to find out in the summer that the pool needs repairs.

The biggest reason to get a pool inspection is to gauge its potential expense. Pools can be an asset, but they are also expensive to maintain and repair. You don’t want to find out after the home purchase that you’re on the hook for thousands of dollars in repairs.

Finally, most home inspectors do not have the expertise necessary to appropriately evaluate a swimming pool. A pool is composed not just of the pool itself, but of various parts such as pumps, filters, heaters, lights, and plumbing. You also want to be sure that any decking around the pool is safe and in good condition.. In short, it’s advisable to obtain the services of an experienced and licensed pool company so that you know the condition of the pool and related equipment before you buy the property..

A qualified pool inspector will investigate issues such as:

  • Leaks – a pressure test can detect these.
  • Drains – the pool must have federally approved covers over all drains, or suction outlets. State laws might also apply.
  • All related equipment – the inspector can test the functionality of all the pool equipment.
  • Fence – local laws vary, but most municipalities require fences and certain types of gates, locks, and alarms around pools for the protection of neighborhood children.

If your inspector does find a problem with the pool, negotiate this issue into your contract. You might ask the seller to fix the problem, or you might prefer a price adjustment on the property. The important thing to remember is that you reach a satisfactory agreement, and write these details into the contract before proceeding with the purchase. That way you can enjoy your new home, and its pool, without worries of safety or any unexpected expenses.

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