Ask The Realtor®: What should I keep in mind when buying a home with a pool?

July 15, 2013 5:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Ask The Realtor®

Q:        What should I keep in mind when buying a home with a pool?

A:         During the beautiful, hot summer days we tend to gravitate to pools, lakes and rivers.  Whether you are searching for a home with a pool or it just happens to be there, it is important to know what it means when a pool is in the backyard.

Most home inspection companies typically exclude pools and hot tubs from the home inspection; although, a local pool company can come examine the pool upon submitting an offer on the home.  The pool, liner, pumps, heater, ladders, railings, diving board and slide should all be inspected.  Trusted building inspector of, Mike Hayes of Bytown Home Inspection Service recommends asking the sellers if the pool has been professionally opened and closed and to ask for receipts.  Be on the lookout for stained, faded liners or pools that are so dirty or cloudy you can’t see the bottom. He explains, “Common problems around pools are cracked, settling concrete or interlock decking that indicates there is settling of the ground.  Older heaters, pumps with signs of leaking, rust stains should be investigated further.”

Be sure the fence surrounding the pool has a self-closing and latching gate with a lock.  Exterior electrical outlets should be GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) for protection from electrical shocks, and wiring should be concealed in rigid conduit with switches/outlets in waterproof exterior receptacles.  It is important to become familiar with current bylaws pertaining to keeping your pool a safe space for everyone.

Having a swimming pool in the backyard can increase the value of a home but can also narrow the pool of buyers.  Contact a member of Engel & Völkers Ottawa Central today to set up a free home search or a market evaluation.

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