Buying a Home with a Swimming Pool? Get a Pool Inspection

Pool Inspection - MarylandIf you’re buying a home with a swimming pool, a pool inspection can alert you to potential safety problems and money traps. While a general home inspector may inspect your pool for you, it doesn’t hurt to have a professional pool inspector check out your pool.

Here are a few tips for getting a pool inspection:

  • Research the Pool Builder. Some pool builders earn a reputation for good work, while others earn a reputation for poor craftsmanship. Check Google+, Yelp, and the Better Business Bureau for reviews of Maryland pool builders. (Side note: Check out the most recent reviews of Hohne Pools).
  • Inspect While the Pool is Operational. Any inspector who claims he can inspect a winterized or empty pool is misleading you. A proper pool inspection is done when the pool is operational. If the pool is currently out of commission, prepare to spend around $500 to bring the pool online and re-winterize if you purchase in the fall or winter. You may be able to negotiate with the home seller to cover the cost of bringing the pool online.
  • Check All Pool Systems. Your pool inspector should evaluate joints, ladders, diving equipment, pool covers, pumps, filtration systems, heaters, sanitizing system and other components. This is why a pool needs to be operational during the inspection and why a pool expert is better than a general home inspector.
  • Get a Written Inspection Report. A few hundred dollars for a pool inspection report is a small price to pay for piece of mind when buying a home. Nothing is worse than signing a mortgage, only to discover serious problems when opening your pool in the spring. A written pool inspection report ensures any issues are documented when negotiating with sellers.

If you’re buying a home with a swimming pool, contact Hohne Pools. We’ll help you identify potential issues before the sale and get the pool ready for swimming after the sale. You can reach us at 410.668.1300.

About Gary Hohne

Gary Hohne is President & CEO of Hohne Pools, a Maryland pool company.

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