Swimming pools are a great addition to any home. If you're one of the lucky people to have one in your property, you'll be happy to know that they are an increasingly popular feature among buyers, particularly in warmer climates.
There's no time like the present to get the pool in prime position for when it comes to selling your home, so here is a handy guide for prepping the swimming pool.
Scrub a dub
Give the pool a good clean and treatment to make it look fresh and ready for inspection. Crystal clear, pristine water can make your outdoor space sparkle, but also consider repainting a concrete pool and retouching grout if it's tiled. Check capping for rust or deterioration and have an expert examine the filter and pump system - pool maintenance can be costly, so put yourself in a good position by fixing up any faults before inspection.
Check with your local council whether this work needs to be undertaken by a qualified repairman. There is usually a monetary limit on what repairs you can do yourself, so make sure you're up to date on these stipulations.
Make sure that you're across all local government legislation and regulation surrounding pools - your buyers won't want to spend a great deal of money on fixing up a non-compliant swimming pool. Fences are generally the most contentious aspect of this area, so consider getting a second opinion and the boundary gates and fences professionally inspected if you're unsure.
Investigate what legal paperwork you need before sale negotiations begin. While this won't apply to all homes, some local councils require a certificate or other piece of evidence that proves the pool complies with their rules. Your real estate agent or property manager can normally help you find this information.
Thinking of selling
The following advice is of a general nature only and intended as a broad guide. The advice should not be regarded as legal, financial or real estate advice. You should make your own inquiries and obtain independent professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances before making any legal, financial or real estate decisions.