What I have come across with New Jersey and New York Pool Inspections during the winter are the wide variations in the upkeep of the homeowner’s pool and the results of the pool inspection. I have found that in the many pool inspections I conduct throughout the winter, that while most homeowners have done a good job maintaining their pools, many tend to neglect them during the off-season, especially when selling their home.
It is always a wise decision to check on your pool at least once a month during the winter months when the pool is closed (winterized). Checking and maintaining the correct water level can prevent serious damage from occurring should the pool water levels drop to dangerously low levels. It is also good practice to clear leaves and debris from the cover. This will increase the life of the cover and in the case of mesh safety covers; it will prevent excess debris from entering the pool, causing water clarity to diminish greatly.
As I stated earlier, there are many homeowners who do maintain their pools well. During my pool inspections I have to say that the majority of the pools inspected are never problematic enough to cause it to become a “deal-breaker”. I have found that the buyer and seller in most cases work out the small issues that arise during the pool inspections.
There are of course the pool inspections that don’t work out so well. I certainly have come across a few in which the pool is either completely neglected for long periods of time, allowing damage to occur or there is just severe enough or costly enough damage to terminate a deal between the buyer and seller.
Regardless of the outcome of the inspection, I truly believe a pool inspection to be a much needed, important and valuable element in the purchase of a home with a swimming pool. If for nothing else, a pool inspection performed by a reputable company eliminates the element of surprise if and when a problem may arise. Performing a pool inspection is a vital component in the due diligence and responsibilities of a home buyer.
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