Nothing else can turn a home into a summertime hangout quite like a backyard swimming pool…but there’s more to pool ownership than bathing suits, floaties and towels. Before you buy a home with a pool, make sure you’re ready for the responsibility.
1-Will home inspectors check the pool? As a feature of the property, it’s wise to make sure the pool is in good condition before you buy. When you’re hiring an inspector, make sure to ask if they check the pool–if not, try to find a pool inspector who can check it out for you.
2-What safety measures do you need? Make sure you know what safety measures come with the house and what you’ll need to install afterward. Arizona law requires that below-ground and above-ground pools must be completely enclosed by a wall, fence, or other barrier that is at least five feet high, and does not have any openings through which an object four inches or more in diameter could pass.
3-What is the maintenance? Some pools are super low maintenance, while others are not. Keep in mind that the size and type of pool will have a big impact on how much time/money you spend taking care of it. Pool care is not a hands-off job or something you can set and forget. The minimum maintenance chores include:
– Skimming the pool and emptying the strainer baskets
– Brushing the walls of the pool
– Using a pool vacuum
– Running the filter (although this task is usually done on an automatic basis, using timers)
– Checking the water level, and refilling the pool, if necessary
– Testing the pool water chemistry, and adding chemicals as needed
These tasks should be done regularly. It’s also a good idea to skim, check the baskets, and make sure the filter is functioning as it should on a daily basis. Vacuuming and tending to the pool water’s chemical makeup is usually a weekly chore.
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