The process to buy a home is an exciting one, but when you factor in the ability to own your home with a pool just outside your back door, it can open all kinds of opportunities and enjoyment for you and your family. But before you go out and choose a home with just any pool, make sure you do some due diligence or "homework" on the property before making the final purchase decision. Here are some recommendations to help you in your decision to buy a house with a pool.
Hire a Pool Inspection
One of the most important parts of your decision to purchase a home is to have a professional inspect the pool before you close on the transaction. A professional pool inspector will look at various parts of the pool and its systems and provide you with a report of their findings. They will check the interior of the pool, such as if it is a vinyl liner or if it is made solely of plaster or concrete. If the pool is lined with vinyl, the liner needs to be free of holes or cracks, and a plaster interior needs to be free of any cracks that lead to pool water leaking into the surrounding area.
Your inspector will also look at the pool's pump and its condition and if it works properly to clean out the pool's water capacity. The pump will also include a filter that removes algae and other debris in the pool, which you may have to clean out regularly or replace. The inspector can see what condition the filter is in and if it needs replacing. They will also check the pump wiring and make sure its electrical is in good shape.
Additionally, the professional inspection will include a check of the pool's decking and coping, which is the tiling immediately around the pool lining. They will test for the drainage area around the pool and make sure the surface is non-slip and free of damage.
Consider the Pool Maintenance
You should also take into consideration the maintenance requirements your home with a pool will mean to you. Will you hire the pool maintenance by a professional or do the maintenance yourself? A local pool supply store may provide you a training class to take care of your pool on your own. They can teach you how to test the water pH and add any needed chemicals, such as muriatic acid, algaecide, chlorine tablets, and pool water clarifier. If your pool water starts to turn green or cloudy, it is important that you know how to handle it and prevent an algae bloom.
If you're looking for pool homes for sale, reach out to a local real estate agent.