Whether you were looking for a house with a pool or you just happened to fall in love with a home that already has one, you’ll need to do some research before you sign on the dotted line. Although you’re not simply buying a pool (you’re buying a house, a property), you need to research pool ownership and maintenance as though you’re having this pool newly installed. Before you make an offer on the home, quiz the homeowners on their pool so that you know exactly what you’re getting into. And if you need some help, scroll down to browse our list of questions to ask when buying a house with a pool.
Question to Ask When Buying a House with a Pool
How old is the pool, the liner, and the equipment? An old pool might require new updates, which can be costly. Additionally, you might consider hiring an inspector experienced in pool and spa inspections to look over the pool, focusing on the equipment and the liner, before you make an offer. They can check that the pool is up to code as well.
Who built the pool? Once you know the pool company’s name, research them online to find out if they’re reputable. We also recommend that you talk directly to the pool company, as they might offer up some extra information that the homeowner isn’t willing to divulge.
How does the pool affect your utility bills and insurance? Before you purchase the home, it’s important to know how the pool will affect your utility and insurance bills. If this is your first time owning a home, you probably have no clue what it will cost you after the initial purchase. Can you even afford it? Consider asking the pool company this question as well.
Does the pool have any maintenance issues? If the pool has major maintenance issues like cracks, tears, or faulty equipment, you deserve to know this ahead of time so that you can adjust your offer accordingly. You could even stipulate that the current owners must make any needed repairs as a part of your contract.
How do you maintain the pool? Finally, ask the homeowners how they maintain the pool. If you’re eager to move forward with the sale, the homeowner’s advice will be very helpful after you move in. Ask how much time they spend maintaining it, what chemicals and devices they use to clean it, and who they consult for help.
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Finally, after posing these questions to ask when buying a house with a pool, look over the pool yourself and ask about any obvious flaws like unclear water, untucked liner, signs of repair, and broken equipment. Your mini investigation will help you decide (1) whether to buy the home and (2) how to care for the pool if you do buy the home. Either way, your curiosity won’t be wasted!
If you just bought a house with a pool and you live in or near Springfield, Missouri, contact the top pool builder in the area: Fishel Pools. With nearly forty years of experience, you can feel confident trusting us with the upkeep of your pool. We would be happy to answer any pool-related questions you might have and guide you through your pool’s required maintenance. Plus, we can schedule the delivery of your chemicals for the start of the 2015 summer season! For more information, please give us a call at 417-886-6699 or use our toll-free number, 800-994-2090. We look forward to hearing from you!