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What to Consider When Buying a House with a Pool

House for sale with a pool in the backyard

Owning a pool is a glorious thing, particularly as our recreational opportunities outside of the home have been limited this year. One path to pool ownership is having a pool built custom to your preferences in your very own back yard, and there are many nice perks to that level of customization, but it requires significant time and resources and can be a disruptive process. A more common path to pool ownership comes by way of purchasing a house with an existing pool. This option allows more immediate pay off but involves a different set of risks and considerations to reach your desired goal of worry-free fun in the sun.

When you are buying a pool, there are a several considerations to be made around how much you want to spend, what type of pool you want, etc. When buying a house that already has a pool, the considerations are slightly different. Whether you are on the hunt for a house with a pool or perhaps a real estate professional looking to advise your clients on making smart decisions in their search, below are some recommendations for what to consider with each pool you see.

5 Key Tips For Buying a House With a Pool:

1. Make sure the pool is open and operational.

Seeing that the pool has been used recently, or appears ready for use, is a positive It will also allow more visibility into any obvious signs of damage in the structure or general components. If you arrive at a house where the pool is covered or it is evident it hasn’t been used recently, there is much more risk of encountering issues later (that may be hidden), and it may be a sign that it was not winterized or closed properly.

2. Get a pool inspection by a professional pool company before you make a purchase.

It is very important to use a professional pool company and not a general home inspector for the pool inspection, as general home inspectors may not be qualified to provide the detailed inspection you need. Similarly, if the inspection reveals any issues, make sure repairs are done by a licensed professional so you know they will be up to your county or state code. Additionally, most manufacturers warranties are void if service and repair work is not done by a professional.

3. Pay attention to the size, shape and design of the pool

Group of people in backyard swimming pool

It’s important to pay attention to these details to ensure it fits with how you will use the pool, and for consideration in future pool maintenance. For example, are you planning to use the pool simply for recreation or do you need a straight format for laps? How many people do you expect to be using the pool at any given time? Is it an above ground pool or in ground pool (tip: above ground will require more maintenance)? Do you prefer saltwater or chlorine? When making this type of investment, you want to make sure you get it right!

4. Put safety first.

Ensuring the pool is safe and up to code is vital. Just because the pool already exists, doesn’t mean it’s up to code with all the necessary state or local regulations or that it’s been taken care of properly. Getting a professional pool inspection is the first step in verifying things (per #2). Also look out for additions like diving boards or water slides, which must meet certain requirements to be up to local code. These are often added later and can have implications on both safety and insurance. If there is not an existing fence or barrier around the pool, you will want to add one to ensure no kids (yours or neighbors) access the pool unsupervised.

5. Seek professional advice or help for ongoing pool care. As a new pool owner, there are a few reasons not to try tackling pool care on your own.

First and foremost, it’s just much more fun to enjoy the fun aspects of pool ownership – the cannonballs, the sun and the splashing – without the hassles. Secondly, if you don’t have professional training and education on pool care, mistakes can be costly; so while you think you’re saving money in the short term, you could end up costing yourself even more. Working with a professional pool cleaning service company provides access to highly educated resources and keeps you up to date with the latest laws, pool care technology and tips to save you money along the way. Your realtor, neighbors or a quick online search can likely provide some great referrals for care; and of course if there’s a Pool Scouts location in your area, we would love to be your go-to resource for professional pool care and maintenance.

Becoming a pool owner is such a great experience, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if you’re purchasing a new home and simultaneously becoming a first time pool owner. The more you know going into pool ownership, the safer and happier your family will be enjoying your new pool. While the excitement and busyness that comes with purchasing a new home can easily overshadow the importance of pool education and safety, we hope these tips help arm you to set yourself up for success and for a future filled with fun in the sun! If you have additional questions about pool education or care, please feel free to contact Pool Scouts for professional help.

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‘Tis the Season of Giving: 5 Pool Gifts Under $20

Pool Scouts Gift Giving Ideas

Pool Scouts Gift Ideas Under $20 Written by guest author: Miranda Lindsey   It may be winter, but the pool fun doesn’t have to stop completely. This holiday season opt for gifts that can make summer a little more fun with LED lights, pool floats and accessories. Amazon sells a wide range of pool items that make last minute gifts for your favorite pool enthusiast.   Submersible LED Lights Several companies offer waterproof, battery operated lights that can work for more than just the pool. This gift will definitely be a conversation starter at your next barbecue with RGB multi-color changing lights powered by a wireless remote control.   Giant Pool Floaty Pool Scouts Gift Ideas Under $20 Giant Pool Floaty Perfect for the for the pool leisure devotee in your life. This 6-foot inflatable comes with a repair kit to extend it life, which makes it the perfect present for families with kids. This floaty is available in a variety of styles like pineapple, pizza, and swan, make gift giving personal.   Inflatables for Baby Pool Scouts Gift Ideas Under $20 Inflatables for Baby This is makes a great gift for expecting families. Parents can relax with baby safely in the pool with inflatable canopy rings. This style offers and extra layer of protection for the sun in addition to special design that let baby float freely.   Electric Air Pump The textbook for the family that always has the neighborhood kids in the pool. Help Dad’s lungs out by getting him this electric pump that fills the pools toys up in seconds. This functional gift can be used outside of the back yard of camping or boat trips with high powered pressure and low noise levels.   Pool Scouts Gift Ideas Under $20 Electric Air Pump Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker This mini speaker makes a great gift for the family who lives outdoors. This gizmo packs a powerful punch with 8-hours of battery life, universal compatibility, and the ability to be completely submerged for 30 minutes without being damaged! The speaker downright convenient making it a great gift for hikers, campers, and travelers alike.   Here at Pool Scouts, we think about pools year-round. These make gifts make great additions to any of our services and make perfect place holders for the off season. Make sure to check your local Pool Scouts for promotions and services. Happy Holidays!
ABOUT POOL SCOUTS Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise focused on delivering a quality, consistent brand experience while providing pool cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services at residential properties. Technicians are trained in testing, monitoring, treating and servicing pools and can provide ongoing service as well as help at the beginning and end of the summer season. Growing from its first location in Virginia Beach, Pool Scouts offers a great opportunity as a low cost franchise in the pool services industry with available territories across the United States. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit PoolScoutsFranchise.com.
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Sit Back and Relax this Father’s Day!

happy fathers day from pool scouts

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Brooks, and I am lucky to be working at Pool Scouts this summer as I prepare to enter my final year of college. I’ve been given the opportunity to share my thoughts with you, our blog readers, and I thought what better time to do that than Father’s Day! Brooks'-familyThis year, Father’s Day marks the beginning of summer, the best time of year for outdoor social events!  Kids are out of school, the weather is pleasant, and family and friends are ready to have some fun.  If you have a pool as well, it’s vitally important to keep it safe and well-maintained so that it’s capable of hosting summer birthdays, holidays, or casual parties. Pool parties foster a unique sense of community and togetherness, so you want to be ready to roll! Recently, my family invested in a pool for our backyard, and it’s brought us endless summer fun already!  Lounging by the pool, hosting a cookout, competing in a diving board contest, or playing water volleyball or basketball are all opportunities to enjoy summer by the pool. Father’s Day gives us even more reason to celebrate this time of year as we reflect on all that fathers do.  My own father has been extremely influential for me and my two younger brothers.  Our family grew up swimming competitively and spending a lot of time at the beach surfing, swimming, and relaxing. In other words, we’ve bonded in and around wat er. The recent installment of our family pool has given us another reason to spend more time together. I look forward to another great summer with my father and family, where we grow closer just by stepping outside. This Father’s Day, remove the burden of pool maintenance and say, “I love you” with a perfectly prepared pool to enjoy together. Pool Scouts will prepare your pool for a memorable summer with friends and family by providing a clean pool deck, crystal clear water, and regular maintenance.  So when Pool Scouts takes care of your pool, Dad can sit back and relax. A few additional gift suggestions to use in the pool with Dad:floating golf green
  • Floating Table Tennis
  • Floating Golf Green
  • Floating Corn Hole
  • Remote Control Snack and Drink Float
*All of these items and more are available on Amazon.com! Father’s Day is the perfect time to show your dad how much he means to you. A perfectly clean pool is a special gift because it gives Dad not only time for himself, but time to spend with his family all summer long. Pool Scouts is dedicated to superior maintenance and cleaning, where perfect pools are our priority. A beautifully clean pool means a summer well spent with friends, family, and most importantly, our DADS! Check out more about the Pool Scouts services, and call (844)-775-2742 today to give your dad the gift of a perfect pool!
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