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Pool Vision: What Should I Ask When Buying a Home With a Pool?

Photo courtesy Sandra Rinomato Realty Inc.

PSP: What fallback does a buyer have should a seller’s home inspection say the swimming pool is in good working order, but finds out after the sale that it isn’t?

SR: A malfunctioning swimming pool could become an unnecessary and expensive obligation, to say nothing of the temporary loss of its enjoyment. Therefore, to avoid such an unwelcome predicament, we advise our clients not to simply rely on others, but rather conduct their own due diligence.

PSP: How important is it to include a condition of sale that the pool is in good working order?

SR: This is very important. A thorough swimming pool inspection will include, among other things, a review of the pool’s deck for possible cracks if it’s concrete, or signs of rot if the deck is wooden. As well, all of the pool’s mechanics and parts will be checked and evaluated. Any problems found relating to leaks, rust, or deterioration will be outlined. Receiving this information beforehand from your own trustworthy inspector is invaluable.

PSP: What have your clients typically done when purchasing
a residence with an existing swimming pool?

SR: They’ve listened closely to our advice with regard to protecting their potential investment by hiring a trained professional before they buy whose scope of expertise will prove beneficial and cost effective to them in the long run, regardless of the inspection’s results.

PSP: When purchasing a home with a pool, what questions should homebuyers ask their agent?

SR: There are many questions a homeowner should ask; however, the most crucial inquiries include: How old are the pool’s various parts? Does the equipment (e.g. heater, filter, and pump) function properly? Is the pool properly sealed (no leaks)? Are all of the elements within the pool’s enclosure up to current municipal code specifications? What is the life expectancy of the pool liner? Who currently maintains the pool and is it possible to speak with that person?

Sandra Rinomato operates her own full-service brokerage called Sandra Rinomato Realty Inc., in Toronto’s west end. She can be reached at (416) 565-3001 or visit her website at rinomato.com.

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