As a kid, the idea of one day owning a house with a pool might have seemed like a dream, especially in Atlanta, where the summers can be brutally hot. Now that you’re an adult, though, you might be more aware of the drawbacks of being a pool owner, namely the high costs and insurance issues, notes Money. If you’ve come across a home that’s pretty much perfect, except for the pool you don’t want, you have a few options. In this article, we will discuss Buying a House with a Pool You Don’t Want: What Are Your Options?.
Include the pool in the home inspection
Before you buy a house with a pool, make sure the home inspector performs a limited inspection of it. Some inspectors won’t check out the swimming pool, as doing so increases their liability in case there are major problems. But you want to have a sense of any issues with the pool that could come up, even if you don’t plan on using it after you move in. For example, according to the American Society of Home Inspectors, when a home inspector performs a limited pool inspection, he will examine the fence or barrier around the pool to make sure it is up to code. You don’t want to purchase a pool that doesn’t have the appropriate barriers installed and end up getting fined.
The home inspector can also do a visual inspection of the pool’s water circulation, electrical system, heater and interior and let you know if anything is amiss. If there are problems with the pool before you buy, you might be able to go back to the seller and negotiate the home price down or have them agree to fix those issues.
Remove the pool
If you love the house enough to buy it, but can’t stand the idea of leaving the pool intact, your best bet is to hire a contractor to fill in the pool. Filling in a pool is a bit more complicated than simply dumping soil into it, however. The demolition team will have to drill holes in the concrete bottom and break it up. Otherwise, you’ll be left with a muddy mess any time it rains, since the pool is designed to trap in water.
Filling in an in-ground pool can be expensive. But, in the long run, the cost of doing it is cheaper than the cost of having to keep up the pool each year and the eventual cost of having to repair the pool as it starts to wear out.
For some, the idea of having to fill out the appropriate permits, hire a demolition contractor and pay to remove a pool is just too much. But an unwanted swimming pool doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. Keep the cost of removing it in mind when you head to the negotiating table. You never know, a seller might want to get rid of the house enough that they agree to a lower price or to helping you offset the cost of taking out the pool.
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