A home with a swimming pool

Asked by Teresa, San Diego, CA Wed Dec 28, 2011

I want to make an offer on a house w/ a swimming pool. I have no clue as to what to write in contract, since this will be my first time making an offer on a home with a swimming pool. any advice? Thank you

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Laura Feghali, Agent, Stamford, CT
Wed Dec 28, 2011
Hello Teresa,
Once you have an accepted offer, it's important to have the pool inspected to determine if all is in good condition and working order. If any repairs are needed then you can possibly request the seller's assistance for the work and cost.
This is something that your agent would counsel you on and negotiate with the seller in your behalf.

Good luck!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
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Deborah Buff…, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Wed Dec 28, 2011
Hi Teresa, good idea. You may want an agent to help you draft an addendum to the RPA indicating that the offer is contingent upon the pool passing an inspection of it's physical, mechanical, filtration & electrical systems. You may also want to include a soils test to determine if there is any leakage however minimal. Further, it would be wise to seek the advice of a pool maintenance company to determine monthly upkeep costs, as well as the need for scheduled replacements. Additionally, speak with your home insurance company about any additional insurance costs due to liability issues. Let me know if you need any additional help with this! A pool can be a wonderful addition to a property.
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Ryan Ferrelli, Agent, Encinitas, CA
Wed Dec 28, 2011
Are you currently working with a broker or agent? If not give me a call to help you walk through what you need in the offer
Ryan Ferrelli Broker
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Kelly Pessis, Agent, Malibu, CA
Sat Feb 14, 2015
In California a pool is covered in the RPA (Residential Purchase Agreement) in paragraph 14b (buyers inspection clause and timeframes). Once in escrow, be sure to set up a pool inspection and ask, in writing, ahead of your inspections: what - if any- work has been done to the pool by this seller or any known work previous to the seller owning, if there have been any defects and if they have resurfaced the pool or know if it has been resurfaced. The equipment is fairly easy to test and you can get a HPP (home protection plan - or warranty) for those items, but what is more difficult is determining leaks. Most likely it is fine, and a good inspection will take into account obvious signs of settling, but it is difficult in some cases to be absolutely sure without a leak test and most sellers will not allow for that. Leak testing is usually not done because it can stain the surface (they drop a dye into the water and over time it gravity feeds/settles where the water may be leaking). Aside from your inspections you can investigate if that area of your tract has had any geology issues (especially germane in and older tract). You should be fine, but these tips will help assure that you cover your bases and can feel good about buying a pool in sunny SoCal! Enjoy!!!
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Fri Feb 13, 2015
I don't think there's much difference you'll have to consider than what you would experience when buying any other house. There are going to be a few specific things you'll have to figure out about the pool, but if you talk to your real estate agent, you should be able to get help figuring that out. Talking to the home inspector about the swimming pool would also be a pretty good idea.
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John Reeves -…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Tue Feb 3, 2015
We can Help you with this issue , because we usually check everything most specially the Home with a Pool
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Arpad Racz, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Feb 3, 2015
Hi Teresa,

You could ask for a pool inspection.

Kind regards,

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Nora Moore, Home Buyer, American Fork, UT
Tue Feb 3, 2015
It would probably be a good idea to have the pool checked out to make sure that it's in working condition. If the swimming pool is a selling factor for you, then you want to make sure that it's working well. One thing to check out for is if there is a fence or enclosure around it. Even if you don't have children, it's a good idea to have something protecting the pool area. http://www.nassaupools.com
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Liz Adam, Agent, La Jolla, CA
Thu Dec 29, 2011
It seems to me that you have purchased homes before. Writing an offer for a property with swimming for is not any different than buying one without. If you have a concern about the swimming pool, damage, drainage, or anything else, you may put a condition/contingency in the contract “contingent upon physical inspections of the swimming pool” for which the buyer is usually responsible to pay. According to California Real Estate disclosure law, all known material facts must be disclosed to the buyer. This means they must disclose any defects in the swimming pool.
I hope this answers your question. You may call me if you have any questions. I hope that you know buyers working with Real Estate licensees do not pay for the services.
Shahla Salah
USA Realty and Loans
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Cory La Scala, Agent, San Diego, CA
Thu Dec 29, 2011
Hi Teresa,

Of course, you'll make your offer contingent on a home inspection. You can, in fact, have many different inspections. You can have a separate roof inspection, foundation inspection, pool inspection, etc. Or, you can hire an inspector who has extra training and certifications in roofing, foundations, pools, etc, all of which are important when buying a detached home. Your agent will be able to send you a list of inspectors, AS WELL AS give you the web site to choose your own inspectors who have this training, and verify that the ones on the list actually do. If you see a problem yourself, you can get some estimates from pool companies too. This goes for anything else you see that may need repairs. Better to know before escrow begins! But I'm sure you've heard most of this from your agent!

One extra thing I do is to ask the seller to pay for a CLUE report. It's an easily obtainable $20 report that shows any homeowner insurance claims in the past five years. You never know what will show up undisclosed!

You don't need an addendum for a pool. If you have an inspection contingency, the pool would be part of the property if it's an in-ground pool, that's what it's for.

Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Warm Regards,

Cory La Scala
Independence Realty
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Wolf Realty…, Agent, Del Mar, CA
Thu Dec 29, 2011

You waat to write into the contract in the equipment section that all the pool equipment conveys. You then want to have an inspection by a pool contractor to check out the mechanicals..pump motor and filters. You also would want to find out who is maintaining the pool and get any maintenance records.

Good luck and feel free to contact me for any questions.

Robert Wolf
858 243-4110
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Marie Souza…, Agent, Centerville, MA
Thu Dec 29, 2011
Teresa - As others mentioned, definitely have an addendum drafted with the offer regarding an inspection of mechanicals etc. Also ask for history of upgrades, repairs etc. Pools are great, but can be very costly if they have not been maintained correctly, so it's very important to know up front what's been done & then have your inspections to see if anything needs improvement/replacement/upgrading.
What an exciting time!
Best of luck & Happy New Years to you & yours!
The Marie Souza Team - Top Selling on Cape Cod
Cape Cod Real Estate Services
Phone: 508-790-2000
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