If you’ve found your dream home and it includes a water feature or a pool, you might be wondering if you need to get that inspected along with the rest of the house. The short answer is yes, you absolutely need to get the pool inspected. A pool is a great feature that often adds value to the home but, if it is not in good condition, it can quickly become a money pit or, even worse, a serious safety hazard. At Inspecticore, we know that your home is likely the most significant investment you’ll make in your lifetime, so we offer a list of additional inspections, including pool/spa inspections, to give you that extra peace of mind.
Why Is a Pool Inspection Important?If the home you are purchasing has a pool, it 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.
What Does a Pool Inspection Look Like?
- Walk Around: The inspection will begin with a walk around the pool, looking for any issues with the pool deck, the coping, and the mastic that connects the two.
- Security Check: Next the inspector will check safety features. They will make sure the fence is secure and the gates latch properly.
- Damage Check: The inspector will check the pool liner and foundation for any leaks, cracks, or other damage.
- Pool Hardware: All drains, lights, handrails, and ladders will be checked to be sure they are properly installed and safely in place.
- Pool Equipment: Finally, the inspector will check the filters, pumps, heaters, plumbing, timers, and any other electrical components.