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Old 11-26-2012, 10:01 PM
 
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The home we are considering has a pool which has now been winterized. The pool is our only question mark. Right after it was constructed and filled, it developed a crack. This was apparently remediated, but then after the remediation work the underwater pool lights no longer worked. The homeowners also revealed what has been called a cosmetic crack on the steps. Also, the homeowner revealed that she opened the pool for about a month and then closed it at the beginning of november. This opening, for the first time, the pool heater did not work. The owner said that the pool company was to come and fix the heater, but apparently forgot to do so, and so did she. The owner provided a letter from the pool company which has opened, repaired and maintained the pool each year (10 year old pool).

So, our biggest concern is the functionality of the pool.

Is there a way to protect ourselves from a pool that may be defective since we cannot really inspect it? What questions should I ask of our broker to protect our interests from a "lemon" pool? Any other thoughts are appreciated!
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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The home we are considering has a pool which has now been winterized. The pool is our only question mark. Right after it was constructed and filled, it developed a crack. This was apparently remediated, but then after the remediation work the underwater pool lights no longer worked. The homeowners also revealed what has been called a cosmetic crack on the steps. Also, the homeowner revealed that she opened the pool for about a month and then closed it at the beginning of november. This opening, for the first time, the pool heater did not work. The owner said that the pool company was to come and fix the heater, but apparently forgot to do so, and so did she. The owner provided a letter from the pool company which has opened, repaired and maintained the pool each year (10 year old pool).

So, our biggest concern is the functionality of the pool.

Is there a way to protect ourselves from a pool that may be defective since we cannot really inspect it? What questions should I ask of our broker to protect our interests from a "lemon" pool? Any other thoughts are appreciated!
Consider what the cost of fixing everything wrong with the pool that you want fixed and reduce the offer by that amount. Heaters can range anywhere from $600 to $10,000...you just need a quote. You can get quotes and inspections done on the pool while its winterized as well. They will cap and pressure check (using air) the pool equipment to make sure there are no leaks. In ground pools that leak water usually have very obvious cracks that they leak from.....Most pools develop cosmetic cracks in corners and on steps over time...its a fact of life with in ground pools.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:15 PM
 
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Even a properly working pool is a money pit. Keep that in mind.
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