So let’s say you’re house hunting and you finally come across that dream house. It’s got all the bells and whistles, great location and even better – it’s priced well within your budget.
You’ve thought about all the usual considerations – maybe replacing some windows or getting a new roof. You know what you’ll need to do in order to take care of the yard and keep the property looking beautiful.
But what do you do about the pool? How much does it cost, is it safe, what kind of shape is it in? Should it impact the bid you put in on the home? These are all common questions and what we’re here to do today. Here’s what you should know about buying a home with a pool!
While there are loads of benefits to owning a pool, there are plenty of costs in order for you to enjoy them. It’s a good idea here to simply ask the right questions. Ask about the service costs but also do some research on your own. You’ll have water and heating to consider. You’ll have local safety codes to grapple with. You’ll have the eventual resurfacing of the pool, water and filtration changes and perhaps other hidden costs you might not have to consider now, but will inevitably run into in the future – things like replacing the heater or pump or even the liability insurance.
It may sound like a lot, but if the pool is in good shape and well maintained, you should be fine.
Get an inspection of the pool, specifically
Any house-hunting expedition should be done with eyes wide open. But if you’re looking at a home with a pool, then you should get a pool expert to come do the inspection. Housing inspectors might know a thing or two about pools, but they are almost their own animal altogether. There’s a lot to look at = from the pool, pumps, heater, liners, ladders safety railing and diving boards to the cracks, leaks and other warts that might not be apparent to the naked eye.
Many buyers incorrectly assume that home inspections cover the pool, but that’s not usually the case. Working with a reputable pool contractor will cost you a little extra money up front, but likely save you a ton in the long run.
Check any and all equipment
Keeping a pool in good condition requires a lot of moving pieces, literally and figuratively. Make sure that with any inspection comes a comprehensive overview of the components and things that make it go. Get an idea of what warranties may be existing, how old the parts are, maintenance reports and the like. Having as much information as possible will help you gain the best possible grasp on what you’ve got on your hands.
If you’re thinking about buying a home with a pool and need help understanding the nuances associated with ownership, then give us a call today!