Buying a Property with a Swimming Pool

When you are in the market for a new home you might be inclined to seek out a large home with a great backyard, and a pool for your children to play in on hot summer days. However, before you sign on the dotted line there are some new important regulations on purchasing a home with a pool that you should be aware of.

Safety around swimming pools is a growing concern, and while you are a vigilant parent, there are inevitably going to be times where your child could have an unforeseen accident. However, it is with this in mind that the Pool Safety Council has felt it necessary to implement mandatory pool safety inspections and certification requirements for all properties being both sold and purchased. These inspections are intended to ensure that children cannot access the pool unattended, preventing those unfortunate accidents.

If you are selling your home and are certified, your realtor should require you to share a copy of this certification with the new buyers for their records. However, if you are selling your home and if it is not compliant with the requirements of pool safety inspections in Brisbane, then you are required to present the new owner with a Form 36 detailing the mandatory compliance and the fact that their new home is non-compliant. This form also lets the new buyer know about the law and what they need to do after the purchase of your home is complete.

As the buyer, when you purchase your new home either ensure that the seller gives you a copy of pool certification or schedule a pool safety inspection appointment in Brisbane to ensure that your new pool meets all safety requirements. In the event that you do not have a pool safety inspection completed you should be aware that you are subject to penalties and fines that can be accrued. After an initial inspection occurs without safety measures as a homeowner you will have three months to become in-compliance with all mandatory safety measures, or face further civil penalties, which can accrue up to over $16,000.

You don’t have to get to the point of large fines with the assistance of inspection professionals which can help you with all the requirements for compliance and a registration for your pool. These services are always beneficial, especially for the first time home buyer who might be a little inundated with the process of purchasing a home to begin with. All recommendations from an inspector should be closely adhered to, and might cost a little money, however in the long run, especially if you have children you will be thankful!