Savvy homeowners and property investors know that having a pool can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you have a feature that can have a dramatic affect on the value of the property – many Sydney home-buyers set out especially to find a property with a pool and as a result, are prepared to pay somewhat more for one property over.
At the same time Australia’s pool safety record is not great. Pools can be extremely dangerous, especially for young children. As such, our regulatory environment has become much more strict on homeowners and investors to come into line with continually update pool safety legislation. And while it can seem like a burden at the time, the prospect of saving the lives of Aussie children is well worth the time and effort.
One measure that has been implemented from state-to-state is the requirement to obtain a pool safety certificate.
Often people make mistakes when they organise their property. This can result in children climbing on furniture to gain access to the pool area, or tripping on furniture – falling into the pool. When you start to research the topic, you’ll find out that there are many different hazards that you should look out for when you buy a home with a pool. Most people simply aren’t aware of these things and this can be a disaster later on!
Property investors can face serious legal problems if they don’t have a proper inspection and take care of any issues that are identified. Likewise, homeowners are presented with the same problems and they also have the safety of their loved ones to look out for.
Obtaining Pool Inspections
A pool inspection is invaluable for discovering these sorts of issues before you sign on the dotted line. Your realtor or buyer’s agent should be able to point you in the right direction of a certified pool inspector. They should also make your obligations as an owner or investor clear.
Swimming pools can be wonderful additions to any property, but it’s important to have a proper inspection to make sure everything is safe and free of hazardous defects. Speak to your realtor, buyer’s agent or local council today to find out more information about pool inspection services.