By Blair Adams
Buying a home with a swimming pool can be a very gratifying—and nerve-wracking—experience. Instantly you are part of a growing segment of homeowners who are transforming their ordinary backyards into extraordinary living spaces. But before you sign on the dotted line, you may want do your due diligence. We asked real estate guru and television personality Sandra Rinomato (best known for hosting HGTV’s Property Virgins and Buy Herself) for her sage advice to home buyers wanting a pool paradise.
PSP: When hiring a home inspector, will they also look at backyard amenities such as swimming pools?
SR: Not necessarily, this type of inspection is not usually included as part of a standard home inspection. A pool specialist is often required to perform this task thoroughly and properly. Some home inspectors are capable of providing a rudimentary report, however, we recommend hiring a swimming pool expert.
PSP: Where can a home buyer find a qualified swimming pool inspector?
SR: Check with the pool company that currently services the property. They will have a list of qualified inspectors who can provide comprehensive reports.
PSP: What do you tell your clients who are purchasing a home with an existing swimming pool that want to have the pool inspected?
SR: Similar to a home inspection, the outcome of a pool inspection can play an important role in a client’s decision-making process regarding whether or not to buy a specific property. So we advise they consult with a qualified pool expert first, and if the time of year permits, have the inspection take place when the pool is in use. If you are purchasing in the winter months, get the closing report from the pool maintenance company. It should say the condition of the pool.