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Considering a Home with a Pool? Here’s What You Need to Know

As a realtor in Orange County, I often work with clients who are exploring the idea of purchasing a home that comes with a swimming pool. It’s an exciting prospect, but there are crucial considerations that many potential buyers overlook during the homebuying process. I’m here to provide you with valuable insights to help you make an informed decision.

The Significance of a Professional Pool Inspection:

While a general home inspector can identify some pool issues, they typically don’t offer a comprehensive cost estimate for necessary repairs. Here are some key areas where surprises can arise:

  1. Copper Plumbing: Pools built before the 1970s may have copper plumbing, which can lead to unsightly stains on the pool’s surface. Over time, these aging pipes are prone to developing leaks, potentially requiring expensive repairs.
  2. Crack Repairs: Not all pool shell cracks are immediately visible. Some may only become apparent when old plaster is removed. Pools on sloped terrain are particularly susceptible to cracking due to ground settlement, potentially resulting in costly repairs.
  3. Outdated Equipment: Older pool equipment is often less energy-efficient and may have hidden leaks due to worn-out seals and rings. Replacing this equipment can cost over $10,000, a significant expense you should be aware of before purchasing a home.

If you’re considering buying a home with an existing pool, it is usually strongly recommend that you arrange for a pool leak report from a professional pool leak detection company. These specialists can identify any structural or plumbing issues. Additionally, in Orange County and neighboring areas, there are companies that offer an ‘escrow bid’ service for a small fee. They conduct property visits during the escrow process to provide insights and educate you about expected renovation costs. Should you decide to proceed with the pool remodel, sometimes this fee is credited back to you. A thorough understanding of your potential pool’s condition and renovation requirements is a wise investment, as it can prevent surprises and unexpected expenses down the road.

When you’re in the market for a home with a pool, be sure to dive deep into its condition and renovation needs with the guidance of professionals. If you have any questions about buying a home with a pool, we are always here to help. Let’s make your dream of a home with a beautiful pool a reality while ensuring you make an informed and confident decision.

Information provided by Harriet Porter, Alan Smith Pools.